Studio / Road Diary
Mar 27, 2013
Variety of petals for petal-throwin'.
Artist costume: check.
Call sheet: check.
Costume designer Anna DeWitt making costume adjustments to Josh and Isabella, while producer Henry Reed supervises.
Marshall Burnette directing Isabella and Josh.
Story...of the story.
Petal monsters #1 and #2, Chris and Hayden.
(Chris, Houston, Hayden, Josh and Isabella).
Trust me. I don't play.
The crew in action! Director of Photography, Dustin Lane on far right.
Marshall Burnette, the brilliant director and mastermind behind the entire concept and manifestation of the video.
The lovely Isabella Spain, model and leading lady.
The boyishly handsome Josh Huggins and I. You wouldn't think it, but he has the thickest Southern good ole' boy accent I've ever heard.
First assistent cameraman, Daniel Henry.
Costume designer Anna DeWitt and I. She's good people, people!
Yours truly in her very own music parlor.
We truly had a blast filming! Hope you're enjoying the video.
Watch on YouTube here:
Feb 7, 2013
This is a visual account of my travels on the road with Jake Etheridge of CherryCase.
Great people, good friends, precious baby goats,
beloved family and gorgeous scenes on our travels in the SE.
We kicked off the tour in Nashville, TN at the Rutledge:
Our first stop - Murfreesboro, TN:
Dreary journey to Alabama:
House Show in Birmingham, AL:
a special thanks to Louise for opening her home to us!
Louise's beautiful back porch/ our stage:
Jake and the ladies:
My hometown, Mobile, AL:
- with special guest appearances from my little sister Cherlyn, and my dear father, Bob :)
We had a lovely brunch show in the scenic downtown venue Avalon 360
Then at night, at Callaghan's Irish Social Pub:
Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA:
Radio interview at The Palm in Jake's hometown, Columbia, SC:
Ahem. Someone was a looker!
Jake's sweet Nanna cooked for us. Her house reminded me of all the precious grandmaws in the world.
My new friend, Layla:
Shooting the "Make Up Your Mind" Live Video.
A beautiful Catholic Church in Columbia:
Charleston & Summerville, SC:
We stayed with our good friend and brilliant artist Steven Fiore.
Jake, our producer Taylor Bray, myself and Steven on King St. in Charleston:
My personal favorite stop - Awendaw, SC:
Our stay at a studio in Awendaw:
Live at Awendaw Green:
Baby goats at Awendaw Green:
In case we were wondering what types of sharks we might be facing:
Post-gig bonfire - good friends, music and a Christmas tree-burning:
The Channel - Greenville, SC
My very first studio sound engineer Andre was able to make it to the Greenville show :)
Our performance as top finalists at Red Clay Theater in Atlanta, GA:
It was a great run! Thank you to Jake for all our adventures.
Please check out our song, "Make Up Your Mind" on iTunes!
Jan 19, 2013
We recorded the bulk of "Make Up Your Mind"
at the SmoakStack in Nashville, TN.
I swear, there's a vibe in that place that remains
unmatched in my mind.
It's got something.
I can't wait to tour all along the SE on this song!
Please check it out on iTunes :)
Jake and I.
Blurry iPhone guitar-tracking.
Oct 3, 2012
Drums/ Perc day was one of my favorites.
There are infinite possibilities when it comes to the rythmic creativity of a song. We don't realize that most of our favorite songs are impact us because of the groove and general feel the percussive elements contribute.
Drums are often viewed as the backbone of a song, and we chose to track them first so we could lay our foundation.
I had the great priveledge of working with Jeff Braun, a brilliant percussionist, and we had loads of fun writing drum parts.
Thank you, Jeff, for all of your hard work, talent, energy and creativity - Cheers.
To give you a taste of what we did, here is a brainstorming session for percussion on "Love Me Now," a song where percussion consists of binder-swooshing, water bottle caps and paper tearing:
Aug 26, 2012
This little lady worked along side us the entire time. And became a sweet friend of mine.
She was playing hockey with a water bottle cap one night, and it sound so cool that we used it for percussion on "Love Me Now"
Us comping vocals.
Those enchanting green eyes..
She likes the bass amp most.
Studio Nap/ Love.
Aug 20, 2012
Picking a producer is kind of like giving up your babies for adoption: You are trusting someone to shape and mold your offspring - the precious songs you created - so that they grow to reach their potential.
Meet Taylor Bray of Maple Studios. He is the mastermind behind all sounds, instrumentation, parts and vibe of each song on "FIELDS" and "FORESTS."
Here is a snippet of him writing a guitar part for "Vacherie Girl" (and also hating light. Did I mention he's a vampire?).
Above: Us working at Maple Studios
Below: Us tracking at Smoakstack Studios.
Taylor writing the cello solo for "Here Lies My Pulse."
Tracking and Composing all the bass on my record. Talented much?
He also likes to wear holey jeans.
I am so honored and humbled to have worked with him. Honored, because he's brilliant at what he does. Humbled, because he invested in my career so much that he challenged, pushed, pulled and pruned me to be a better writer, singer and player.
Thank you, Taylor, for all that you've done for my music.