Greetings, Hawks friends, family, and tribal affiliates! We just finished tracking 13 brand new songs for our upcoming release "NEW KIND OF LONELY."
We've always wanted to make an all acoustic live recording, and this time we did it. We resisted the siren call of the pedal steel and the telecaster. We sat in a circle at Marc Doten's studio and captured our two guitars, upright & P-bass, and Rob Waller's lead vocals, on exotic microphones into lovely preamps.
The sound is crystalline, and the performances have the intensity of working without a net, like the good old days. No fixes possible! Cliff Wagner came by for some kickass bluegrass banjo, Dave Raven played some snare drum, Gabe Witcher played fiddle, we added a little dobro and background vocals, and we're done!
And now we need you to make this happen! As independent artists in the digital era, we're calling on the support of our musical family. It takes dough for recording, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, and getting our music out to the world. So we're offering you some rare and fun premiums to thank you for your pledge. The drive ends December 7, so think of the Hawks for your holiday gift giving!
Looking through our archives (boxes) for thank you items has turned into an opportunity to revisit our past. We've pored through dozens of live show recordings for our digital download offering, and we're reminded that we have indeed had some good and foolish times. The Hawks tribe has been feisty and full of affection from the very beginning.
We hope you can join us!
Here's a more detailed look at the digital download packages:
LIVE HAWKS TREASURES: a wild night at Coles downtown 2005, with Brantley Kearns in rare form; electric show at the Grand Old Echo 2010, with Tony Gilkyson and Christina Ortega; KXLU radio show, 2004, with Amy Farris; acoustic show at The Palms with Rick Shea; live on KUT radio, Austin, 2006; live on KRSH in Sonoma, fending off a hostile anti-L.A. DJ with subtle wit if we do say so ourselves; live on the Nixon Tapes, KPFK, 2001, the original incarnation of the band. Over 50 songs!
HAWKS STUDIO RARITIES: the original David Jackson recording in 2000 of "Baby"; the original "Humboldt" from 2002, with different lyrics, jawharp, Tuvan throat singing, autoharp, and frame drum; alternate mixes of past album tracks by Dave Trumfio, Gabe Shepard, and Vic Koler, quite different from the album versions; instrumental themes from Cattle Ranching, a History Channel show we scored in 2003; collaboration with #1 French country artist Eddy Mitchell; remix of "Keep It In A Bottle" by hip hop mixer Gabriel; and finally, HAWKS KARAOKE, 10 songs from our CDs, minus vocals, be your own living room Rob Waller!
- (44 days)