We are officially working on some acoustic recordings for our lovely friends and fans! We knew we wanted to create something that would give you the sound that many of you enjoyed this summer on our house concert tour, and when an opportunity arose to get together with grammy-winning engineer Phil Harris and play around with some stuff, we said we'd be right over.. The set up was simple and perfect. Aaron and I seated across from each other in the middle of Phil's living room, with his adorable pups lounging on the leather sofa and palo santo in the air. The walls held tie-dyed fabric, a lithograph print of native americans, and portraits of Nashville legends- some of which may very well have sung into the vintage mics that were placed between Aaron and I. The right moment, the right song, the right vibe. Everything came together as we sang "I'm ready to live, ready to give everything I've got to give"- a new song that we cannot wait to share with you! We are planning to record a whole album of these raw, organic sung-stories that we believe convey the essence of the music that Aaron and I started writing together in that little house with that little baby crawling on the floor. We can't wait to share it all with you. Enjoy these photos we captured while we were there, and look out for a video of our in-studio performance coming soon!
Scrubby trees mixed with lanky palms line the sides of the road as we make our way out of Florida and through Savannah, GA this week. Aaron drives, Magnolia sucks on a ring pop much to the dismay of her mother, who spends her time making travel playlists on Spotify. It's one of my favorite things to do, especially on roadtrips. This week we're listening to some new stuff like Bahamas and FireKid, some roadtrip classics like Willie's On The Road Again, as well as wearing out my sister, Menna's, new self-titled album. It's always in heavy rotation in our car but this week it's extra special because she's the birthday girl! I'm featuring one of my favorite songs on the playlist- "Rachel"- an incredibly beautiful autobiographical song about self-value. I'm not sure I've ever heard it without getting a little lump in my throat. Happy birthday sister!
You can find and follow this Road Playlist on Spotify!
1. Bahamas- All The Time
2. FireKid- Magic Mountain
3. Foals- My Number
4. David Ramirez- Stick Around
5. Young The Giant- Mind Over Matter
6. Zella Day- East of Eden Carousel Remix
7. Avicii- Addicted To You
8. John Newman- Love Me Again
9. Mark Ronson- Valerie
10. Willie Nelson- On The Road Again
*11. Menna- Rachel
Here are some fun pics from our recording adventure... Enjoy <3 As I've said before, we recorded in our basement apartment, so what you are seeing here is looking through the window (a window between rooms like in a recording studio) into the bedroom, where we are standing in front of our flipped up mattress. This is, from left to right, my sister-in-law Andrea, my mom Victoria, my sister Menna, and me. We are recording the choir parts for "Holy Ghost". These women are not just family, but all three are absolutely KILLER vocalists themselves, so we were cracking up most of the time, having fun pretending to be cocky about nailing all the parts first try... *brushes shoulders off* *then smiles and hopes you know I'm joking*
Look at those perfect vowels... my high school choir would be proud.
Our producer, Kyle Burns, of the band Forever The Sickest Kids, in his lair of mad skills working his musical sorcery. Stealing a break for sweet baby kisses <3 Our freakishly talented and accomplished friend, Zack Casebolt, recording violin on "I Found You" and "You For Me" Kyle Burns displaying the appropriate nasty face one uses when listening to the sick jams he created. So happy to be recording... Breaking for lunch with some cool dudes. Another insanely skilled wonderful friend of ours (so wonderful that he was Aaron's best man at our wedding), laying down some soulful western melodies on "Stop That Foolin Around"
Once upon a time, after finishing my shift at the sushi restaurant where I worked as a hostess, I ran over to a little venue called 12th and Porter to say hi to a friend before going home to get off my feet after a long day. I rushed inside and found that I had missed the band, but I wasn't too concerned. I said hi to my friend Pricilla and she immediately introduced me to a couple of fellas. Conversation with one of them came quickly and easily and we were joking and bantering in a matter of moments. My interested was piqued and my plans for the evening changed. We talked until 3 in the morning. Five or so years later, he and I wrote this song together as we watched our daughter crawl across the floor after a toy.
Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy.