An ambitious, sparkling new 14-song CD from Boston’s Abbi White, tracked in Nashville with a stellar cast of acoustic A-teamers, including Aubrey Haynie, Jeff Taylor, Matt Combs, John Gardner, Byron House, Robert Bowlin and yours truly. We recorded basic tracks at CTM in Nashville this summer, then did final vocals, additional guitar overdubs, editing and mixing here at Mill Pond Music.
A few sound clips included below reveal Abbi (who is just 18) to be a wonderful singer whose songs capture feelings and experiences of young love with a mature, poignant perspective. Listen!
Had a great time producing, arranging and playing on 4 new songs by NY songwriter Dave Stewart this past weekend. Tracking was done at Studio 19 with Jesse Poe engineering. Chris Leuzinger on electric guitar, Glen Duncan on fiddle, Wayne Killius on drums, John Vogt on bass , myself on acoustic guitar and my dear friend and long-time Irish music cohort Jeff Taylor on piano. Some of you may know Jeff as the accordion player in the best band in America, The Time Jumpers. Jeff and I then went down to McCreary’s Irish Pub in Franklin to join fiddler Bill Verdier for a Boys of County Nashville reunion. Great fun!
A lot of interesting artists and musicians recorded at my studio in Nashville during its twenty years of operation, giving me ample opportunities to make a lot of mistakes and to learn how to avoid them. Some of their names are well-known, others’ should be. Here are some of the names I remember off the top of my head. I owe them all a great deal:
Some of the singers: Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley, David Ball, Jeff Carson, Dusty Drake, Joe Sun, Jo-El Sonnier, Butch Baker, Buddy Jewell, Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky), Tracy Nelson, Tim Buppert, John Foster, Ron Wallace, Julie Maners, Renee Lopez, Margot Smith, Allison Moorer, Kathy Chiavola, Doug Phelps (Kentucky Headhunters), Taylor Ware, and many more, not to mention the many songwriters with their unique, if unpolished, ways of delivering their songs. Guitarists, steel guitarists, dobro and bass players: Chris Leuzinger, Harold Bradley, Kenny Vaughn, Larry Chaney, Russ Barenberg, Pete Huttlinger, Paul Worley, John Knowles, Lloyd Green, Sonny Garrish, Rob Ickes, Mike Cass, Danny Parks, Kerry Marx, Chas Williams, Dave Pomeroy, Byron House, John Vogt, David Hungate, Mark Powelson, John Pizzarelli, Robert Bowlin, Steve Sheehan, Andy Reiss, Bill Hullet, Red Volkert, and the list goes on… Fiddlers: Jonathan Yudkin, Larry Franklin, Buddy Spicher, Matt Combs, Kenny Sears, Joe Spivey, Barbara Lamb, Craig Duncan, Bill Verdier, Buddy Spicher, David Coe, Tim Lorsch, Hoot Hester. Drummers and percussionists: Milton Sledge, John Gardner, Owen Hale, Wayne Killius, Brian Barnett, Tommy Wells, Walter Hartman, Pat McInerney, Chris Brown, Glen Caruba, Dan Sherrill, Kenny Malone. Multi-instrumentalists and others: Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano, whistle, etc.), Jim Hoke (everything), Jamey Whiting (piano), John Mock (whistle, concertina, mandolin, etc..), Sam Levine (sax), Jeff Lisenby (keys), Joey Miskulin (accordion-Riders in the Sky), Tom McBryde (piano, arranger- Dollywood, etc..), Dave Talbot (banjo), Fats Kaplin (everything), Buddy Greene (harmonica), Jo-el Sonnier (Cajun accordion).
Just back from two trips to Nashville in two weeks. First, a couple of days of producing (and playing acoustic guitar on) song demos for New Yorker Dave Stewart, a superlative song craftsman. Another opportunity to get together with my musician colleagues, Chris Leuzinger on electric guitar, Jamey Whiting on piano, Wayne Killius on drums, the amazing John Vogt on bass, and genius multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke on steel guitar, accordion and… penny whistle! Also delightful to visit with singers Tim Buppert, Perry Danos and the effervescent Erica Alexander.
The legendary Studio 19 was the scene, and was again this past week when we assembled a smaller team (Chris Leuzinger, Jamey Whiting and John Vogt again,with Chris Brown on drums) for some heavy biker-rock songs for a movie pitch. Then, a great house session of reels, jigs and hornpipes with Nashville’s Irish A-team Bill Verdier, David Coe and Bill Wolfe. Don’t let anyone tell you Nashville is all country.
A beautiful time of year in Tennessee- cherries, redbuds and early dogwoods in bloom, but wonderful to get back to the NH seacoast salt air and a delightful recording session for fiddler Ellen Carlson’s upcoming CD release. We put together a set of jigs, with fiddle and DADGAD guitar, the Black Rogue played in a Martin Hayes-y mellow kind of mood followed by a snappy take on Buttermilk Mary. Spring is here!