Magical. That is the only suitable word that comes to my mind to describe exactly what happened on the miry day of February 15th at Sound Emporium Studio B in Nashville.
On Friday morning, I walked into that unassuming tan building on Belmont Boulevard and stood beside six strangers who are as legendary as they come on Music Row. It is to these six strangers -- Fred Eltringham, Sam Hunter, Mike Rojas, Byron House, Dan Dugmore, and Clarke Schleicher -- and my two producers -- Biff Watson and Paul Worley -- that I owe unconditional gratitude. These incredibly talented men banded together, listened to me speak about my music's vision, and executed it take by take without skipping a beat.
I knew I was in good hands when we began tracking "Not Yet," as they pulled it off with the smoky and soulful southern style I was yearning for. "What Comes Next" had me breaking out moves no one has ever seen nor will ever see again. I cried on the first take of "Don't Worry Mama." Had my mother been there, I'm certain she would have done the same. "Ghosts of the Greats" was the classical country tribute that is so very needed right now.
"Complicated" was perhaps the most uncomplicated song of the bunch, but it is without a doubt my favorite track thanks to Fred's killer triangle, Dan's vibey steel solos, Sam's wonderful wah wah pedal, Byron's funky bass line (seriously, it's funky as hell), and Mike's dreamy Rhodes riffs.
We finished with "Life of the Party," and there was certainly much to celebrate when the session came to an end around 7:00PM that evening. (We also celebrated earlier in the afternoon with a sweet surprise birthday cake from Biff for Paul and I. I had wished on those candles that the session would bring forth some country magic. Looks like I got my wish.) I owe a gigantic thanks to staff engineer Rachael Moore and Miss Juanita Copeland for making my time at Sound Emporium unforgettable.
And lastly, thank you. Thank you for putting your faith into this record. Thank you for giving a female country artist like me the chance to use her voice and share her stories. Thank you for giving me the best day of my life. Thank you for making the magic happen.
P.S. HUGE thank you to Joe Wasilewski for documenting our day in the studio.
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