It has been a while! Please forgive my internet silence!
First off, here's an update on my progress. This past April, my "Anxious Animal" demos were turned in as my senior thesis project for the University of Michigan Performing Arts Technology program. They were very well received by my professors and colleagues!
But now we're on to the most important part of the project: making a breathtaking album that will stand the test of time.
Early in the summer, I worked with a stellar team to track drums for the record. Nick Nagurka (engineer), Eric Huntley (engineer, acoustic treatment rigger), Billy Harrington (drum tech), and Nick Rifken (drummer in my band!) worked their tails off with me to crank out some truly huge-sounding drums.
Since then, I've been hard at work tracking acoustic guitar and vocals. Thanks to your generous support, I've had the privilege of booking studio time at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor. This studio has produced some of my favorite folk albums, so it's been a great learning experience singing there!
Now onto some important timing things. I really hoped to have this record cranked out by August. It's becoming clear that I'm going to need more time. The bad news: these CDs won't show up at your door as soon as I had hoped. The good news: I am confident that when they DO show up at your door, they will sound even better than I had originally hoped and expected. I am working with a team of the best people in Ann Arbor, and I am growing a great deal as an artist as I produce this album. I promise the wait is going to be worth it!
The tracking for the album will be wrapping up late this summer, possibly into early Autumn. Then, as many of you know, I'm getting hitched to Betsy King! When we are done honeymooning in mid October, I'll be coming home to finish post production and mixing for the record. We are hoping to make this mid-winter release. I think this will serve the record very well, because it has a bit of a wintery vibe to it.
Please stay tuned, and feel free to send messages and comments! Your encouragement and support is definitely appreciated. I'll be posting videos and demos very soon to give you a preview!