An acoustic instrumental written for slide, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and tenor banjo.
Birds of Chicago are wrapping up the fourth and final day of recording at Electrical Audio in Chicago, an incredible studio in Chicago owned by Steve Albini. BOC’s own JT Nero is co-producing with Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes).
It’s been an terrific experience recording Love in Wartime. We started tracking on the same day Trump was inaugurated as President. It feels great to be putting something really joyous and positive out into world.
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. I recorded with Shawna 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.
I’m playing layered dobros and mandolin. Christopher Merrill is on upright bass.
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.