I had the pleasure of working with folk songwriter Shawna Caspi with producer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith) at the helm.  Shawna is a wonderful fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter, and I had the pleasure of playing on her 2012 release “Skyline”.

For this recording, I was covering quite a few fretted instruments : electric guitars, baritone, acoustic, mandolin, dobro, and tenor banjo.  It’s a really fun and rewarding discovery, as Shawna, Don, and I work together to layer the parts and come up with ideas.  We found some cool sound/instrument combinations such as a melody line played on electric guitar, tenor banjo (through amp), and mandolin.  I’ll have to remember that one.

Don has a vibey home studio and gets beautiful warm tones.  It’s a wonderful place to make a record.  Look out for Shawna’s album later this year.

 

Winter Light

This is almost like a companion piece to “Maudlin Mandolins”.  It feels like a winter song to me.  It’s kind of jaunty I think.

I’ve been having fun recording layered mandolins, miking them with a darker sounding ribbon and a super clear condenser mic at once.