Electronola & more on WWOZ tonight!
I'll be showcasing Electronola and a handful of the new-generation traditional jazz bands that I've recorded recently (there's a renaissance going on down here). The show's from 10-12 central time,... Read more
Electronola official release date is tomorrow
...but it's actually up for sale today. Know people that you think might dig it? Send 'em the link:
Feel free to pass this link around on facebook, twitter,... Read more
7 tunes down, 1 to go
Yeah, I know my Sunday deadline has passed... but I've been working hard at banging it out and I'd rather take a couple extra days and have it perfect than... Read more
Album Cover Art - in COLOR and complete
Here's the final version of the album cover. I think it looks fantastic! Thanks again to Monty for doing this with such excellence in such a short time frame.
Album Cover inks
Monty just shot me an email with a pic of the inks for the cover. I totally love how it's coming out so far. I can't wait to see the... Read more
... and the mixes begin
I got a good mix going of "Let It Go" last night. I think it's done, but I'm going to listen on a multiplicity of systems and possibly make a... Read more
Final mix - next week
It's about to be Jazz Fest time in New Orleans, which means every musician in town will be gigging their hearts out. What this also means is that it's the... Read more
Album art on the way
I met today with Monty, the comic illustrator who created Border City. http://welcometobordercity.com/ As you can see on that site, his drawings lean towards the dark and ominous yet are... Read more
The Carl LeBlanc session
Carl LeBlanc came in to do vocals on a couple of tunes and ended up only doing one. Why? Watch the video and find out the surprise!
We had a... Read more
The new Preservation Hall record is #2 on the Billboard jazz charts!!!
Admittedly this is not directly Electronola news, but I engineered it, and many of the artists on Electronola are also featured on this record (Shannon Powell, Joe Lastie, Lucien Barbarin,... Read more
Carl LeBlanc now on board to do vocals
Carl is one of the most versatile musicians in New Orleans, and he's played with everybody. He was in Stop Inc., who recorded the Mardi Gras favorite titled "Second Line"... Read more
Preview version of "The Days" now up. Happy Mardi Gras!!!
I figured this would be a good tune for people to blast during the festivities in the next couple of weekends, so I'm putting out a preview release as a... Read more
Charmaine came in today!!!
At long last Charmaine Neville made it in to sing on a couple of Electronola tunes, and it was well worth the wait. She really did a fantastic job. I'm... Read more
Charmaine had to reschedule.
She got sick. Was on the phone with her briefly and she could barely talk. She cancelled both her gigs last night and needs to reschedule our session.
I hope... Read more
Charmaine Neville session confirmed for Thursday!
I'm super excited. :) Can't wait to hear her sing over this stuff. I think it's gonna be great.
OK, I'm back!
After my last update, I spent the rest of October and most of November putting the finishing touches on this monumental new Preservation Hall record:
Each track on the... Read more
preview version of "Haunt" out for Halloween
I figured it would be neat for the world to get to hear "Haunt" for Halloween, so I put it up here:
It's slightly updated from last week's post.... Read more
Just wanted to let you all know where things are at. The music is mostly done. The final big piece of the puzzle is vocals, and it is taking longer... Read more
So August has come and gone...
... and I'm not quite done.
On the upside, I'm almost done. The self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline did what it was supposed to do - kept me motivated and focused.... Read more
John Boutte vocal session booked for Friday
I can't wait! John's so awesome, I can't wait to hear what he does with my tunes.
Also - vocals are the last layer of live stuff that I need... Read more
On Tuesday, the horns came out to play. A little run down on who's who here:
On trumpet is Mark Braud, on trombone is Lucien Barbarin, and on sax is... Read more
AUGUST - the home stretch
"I don't need time. What I need is a deadline." --Duke Ellington
In the interest of keeping myself focused and forcing myself to complete this project (since I know I'll... Read more
Shots from the Backer Gumbo event
I know, I know... it's been over a week, but better late than never.
The gumbo was chicken and sausage, and may have been my best gumbo yet.
I'd have... Read more
Pics and audio from the session with George Porter, Jr.
Here's a closer look at Friday's session. I uploaded 2 clips of each of the 2 songs ("What It Was" and "The Days") that George played on: one before bass,... Read more
George Porter, Jr. just totally nailed it
I've known and recorded a lot of great musicians. This is the second time I've recorded George, and the second time I've been completely blown away by his mastery.
The... Read more
Video Ep. 5 - Shannon Powell session: Boogie Woogie D&B
Here's a glimpse at the recording of one of the tunes Shannon came in and played on, "Always Comes Back to Haunt You". I tried to show how the ideas... Read more
Photos of Shannon Powell session
Angela from belowthesun.com dropped in on the session and got these great shots. Hopefully they can hold you over until I get the video edited.
Just finished the session w/ Shannon Powell
I'm smiling ear to ear and dancing around the studio listening to the playback. I couldn't be happier with how that session went. Yes indeed - Shannon Powell delivers!
Video... Read more
Facebook music page now up
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More sessions (hopefully) next week, which means new video updates coming soon!
Video Episode 4 - Gridding drums
This video is a look at the technical side of some of the stuff I'm doing. I'm not sure how much interest there is in this kind of thing, so... Read more
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Also, announcements coming tomorrow regarding Gumbo and other backer rewards.
Video update - Episode 3
Here's a little more from the Joe Lastie Session. :) Coming soon: a simple lesson in drum editing, then on to the Shannon Powell session!
Video - Episode 1
Here's a brief tour of the studio and a glance at how I'm building the framework of the tracks so that the musicians will have something to play along with... Read more
Thank you, everyone, for supporting this project. I can't wait to get started. Expect to see the first exclusive content within a week. I'll make info available on how I'll... Read more
Lucien Barbarin says he'll play on this.
Ran into Lucien Barbarin last night outside of his gig @ the Palm Court. I explained the project to him, and he really liked the idea. It really made me... Read more
"King of Treme" Shannon Powell says he'll play on this.
Just talked to Shannon. He said he's on the road a lot the next couple of months, but he's down to come play on this during one of his stop-offs... Read more
Walter Payton says he's down to play on this.
No, not Walter Payton the football player, Walter Payton the bass player. He's played bass on a bunch of songs that you've heard all your life, including "Working in a... Read more
Just got off the phone with John Boutte
He says he's down to sing on this. I'm stoked. I'm in the process of lining up the musicians for this now. I'll post more updates as they confirm.
Conner says I should stress this more:
I made this comment on a forum. It was pointed out that maybe I didn't explain that attribute of this project very well, and that I should make more of... Read more
19% so far!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who's backed this project so far. It's great to have this project get such momentum right out of the gate. I'm excited! Thanks again.... Read more