Magen Tracy and I popped back into Q Division Studios recently to continue work on her solo EP. We focused on the piano parts and Magen performed wonderfully making for a successful session. I’m honored to be producing these songs with her. At the helm once again was ace engineer, Pat Dicenso.
I recently did an interview and live solo performance on The Outlaw Roadshow Radio on WEMF with host Ryan Spaulding. I’ve known Ryan for many years and he is a true supporter and champion of independent music. Ryan is a music writer, promoter, had his own TV show and along with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, curates a reoccurring music festival The Outlaw Roadshow.
Above all else Ryan is a fan of music and it was an honor to be interviewed by him. Audio of the program will be posted soon.
The final show of the Summer for Parlour Bells was a huge success and left us feeling confident as we focus on our next EP.
Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian
I’m Producing the project, we had one last pre-production session before recording Drums and Bass with Engineer Pat Dicenso at Q Division Studios.
Of course I had a little fun tracking some guitar at the end of the night.
The theme of the Summer for me so far has been performing triple duty with the bands I play in at the same concert (see post below). I can’t complain however as being able to play music outside, on a beautiful day, with talented musicians and friends is a cushy “job.”
Playing in three bands (or more) is hard but enjoyable and rewarding work. Sometimes though the multi-band God’s get evil and I end up playing with all three at the same gig. It’s happened before and certainly won’t be the last time. I decided to mix it up a little this time around.
The gig was an event called Boston Clawing, the first annual concert made up of bands from the local area. It was a response of sorts to the international festival down the street called Boston Calling happening the same weekend.
I played a mini solo acoustic set on the second stage with festival co-organizer, Dan Nicklin.
Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian
Parlour Bells took the main stage a little later in the evening.
Photo by Kevin DeLue/Fox Photography
The final performance of the night was two mini sets with Oldjack. The original plan was for us to play a semi acoustic set with no drums. It just so happened that Adam from Tigerman WOAH (who played multiple sets of their own that day) left his drums onstage and was cool with me using them. I can play drums but I’m technically not a drummer so I had to convince the band (and myself a little) that it would work. Which it did!
Photo by Susan Kaup
In March I traveled to Austin, TX to play with my solo band and Oldjack at the SXSW Music Festival.
The minute we landed on Thursday morning it was off to our first set of the day with Oldjack at Boston & Beyond: Berklee’s SXSW Party.
Later that afternoon Oldjack played another gig at Darwin’s Pub.
The next day kicked off a two day showcase called South by Northeast which was curated by Boston musicians Dan Nicklin, Joey Chehade and Manager, Crystal Margolis.
I played a set with Oldjack Friday afternoon and another with my solo band the same evening.
On Saturday evening Oldjack closed out the showcase.
The next person on my list of talented musicians to help me with the Nate Leavitt solo album, ‘You, Me and the Silence’ is Jason Meeker.
I’ve been a fan of Meeker’s drumming for a long time. From his days with MS. Pigeon to being a bandmate of his in Oldjack, he has always laid down the most solid, behind the beat rhythms I’ve ever heard. While the majority of my album is acoustic based, the four tracks that do have drums are all Meeker. His style was the perfect compliment to a sparse, laid back group of tunes.
The first track and single from the album is “Where Did Your Love go” and captures the essence of what I wrote about Meeker’s ability.
Phil Aiken and I started playing together in the early 2000’s in the band The Blizzard of 78. We continue to collaborate to this day with my solo material and his band The Phil Aiken Army. Our intuition for each others music is strong enough where we don’t have to discuss much in the way of direction. There was no exception to this regarding his piano and organ parts on these songs. Even though I know Phil will always deliver the goods I am still blown away by his performances time after time.
Here’s one of my favorites featuring Phil on piano and organ called “Never Could Have.”