It’s been a good week so far. Two of my favorite bands (and some of my closest friends anywhere) have music hitting right now. Monday saw The Cadillac Three’s new single “White Lightning” debut to country radio as one of the top 3 most added songs in the country. A timeless song and fan favorite that is sure to resonate with new and old listeners alike.
Tuesday saw the release of Five Knives‘ debut record, “Savages” on Redbull Records. Nearly 2 years in the making, so proud to see this finally reaching everyone’s ears. I hope this is a big year for them!
I also wrapped up tracking the majority of the new Bad Cop I have been working on yesterday and it’s shaping up to be nothing short of a record that will earmark a return of rock n roll to Music City. The guys and myself included have worked tirelessly to get this one in shape and I’m looking forward to getting this one out there soon as well.
Really excited for this to fall on everyone’s ears. This record came about through the persistence of my good friend Chris Snyder, aka Ace Reporter, and his desire to re-connect with his love for music. He spent the better part of a year writing songs every day. Literally. He wrote 365 of em. All the while he was asking his fans to vote on their favorites and after the year ended, he found himself with quite a batch of material to pull from, and he decided to pull a record together of his and his listener’s favorites.
He called me one day and asked if I would be into the idea of going upstate in New York to a sustainable farm and help him put together a cohesive recording that he felt would bookend his experiences from the year of writing. Of course I said yes, so we took a few pieces of gear, some food, coffee, and whiskey and headed off into the woods. What transpired in that barn for 10 days was nothing short of beautiful, and we left feeling really good about what we had captured during our time there.
Shortly after returning to civilization, Chris sent me the tracks after a bit of editing and some overdubs to mix. He joined me in Nashville to finish off the mixes, attend mastering, and also catch a Wilco at the Ryman. Not a bad way to finish off a record…
Fast forward to 2013, and Ace Reporter has partnered with Ooh La La to release Yearling, and I look forward to seeing the live versions of these songs soon, and if you’re at sxsw in March, you can catch him there. Maybe I’ll see you there…