Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1/5 & Maine is finally here!

IT'S OFFICIAL. The 1/5 & Maine project is finally up and running and for sale. We've called it "Stay Strong" and you can download it here from CD Baby. We will be on other platforms like iTunes and Spotify, hopefully within a week or two.

We will be updating the CD Baby link with a better photo and more info later. We might make some actual CDs as well, but that will be down the road. The material is registered with the US Copyright office.

These two yahoos made an album .....
There are so many people to thank. First and foremost, Isaac Smith of 505 Recording Studio is the best. Not only did he engineer the week-long recording session, he also spent countless hours mixing and mastering the songs. He was an excellent producer, coaxing better performances out of us.

Nate Charles was his "assistant" for the project but he was huge during the recording sessions. I'm not sure how we got the lead guitar parts to come out of the very average lead guitar player, but that was all Nate. He had suggestions to make the songs better and it was awesome to have somebody from the outside with  recording experience to lean on.

Recording is a marathon, not a sprint. There's a lot of doing things over and getting it just right, and not settling for whatever comes out. Nate and Isaac were great at getting to the point of the songs and knowing what we needed.

Thank you to Jack Inghram for playing sax on "Stay Strong." Thank you to Justin Sievert and Brad Fletcher for playing bass. Thank you to Tim Smith for singing "Country Star," which turned out amazing. Thank you to Alicia McCarl for singing her heart out with Adam on "I Really Don't Care."

And, of course, Adam Yates for helping us chase the dream of playing original music. I remember sitting on the sidewalk at Fifth and Maine in the spring and talking about doing it. It seemed like a pipe dream. We worked really hard to get ready and I think we've come up with eight interesting and very different songs - there's classic rock, country, pop, power ballads, a good mix.

If you purchase it, please let us know what you think. I'm at Fifth and Maine during the day!

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