There are some great musicians on this record. I’d just like to take a moment to mention them.
Acoustic guitar – Ryan Horn
Mandolin and fiddle – Dale Ellis
String Bass – Chuck Fulcher
On fairly short notice, all of these people have taken time from their already busy performing schedules to spend a few hours with us in the studio. We put them on the spot, asked them to learn multiple songs very quickly, and they gave us solid, heartfelt performances that are really, really making the record. I am blown away by the instrumentals I get to sing with.
Michael Gilboe, who is producing the record, is tracking some piano and percussion as well. There are still a couple of string arrangements and cello parts in the works. A high point for me will be singing a duet with Joe Ryan on a song called “Everybody Wants to Fall in Love.” He gave us a little time at the end of his EP recording session last night to learn the harmonies and record the scratch track. Word on the street is his 2-year-old twins dig it.
There are a few other people involved in this project that I’d like to mention as well. The music is important, but so is the packaging! It will be the first impression for a lot of people, so great photography and design are critical to the process. These folks came highly recommended, and for good reason.
Monica DeShaw – Lilli’s Studio – The professional photographer responsible for the EP photos, many of which you will eventually see here
Chuck Fulcher – In addition to his mad bass skills, Chuck’s day job is actually marketing and graphic design. He’s also an accomplished artist, which you’ll see on his website. I’m very happy to say he will be designing the EP’s cover as well.
One thing I am really enjoying about this project is that I get to work with so many other talented people in Great Falls. There is so much inspiration here, and I’m so fortunate to have a circle that allows me to find other artists and musicians to work with. Everyone whose help I’ve asked for has shown so much enthusiasm and willingness to help with the project. It’s so encouraging.
So, thank you to everyone who already is or will be involved–your contributions are incredible! We couldn’t do this without you!