I’ve spent the last month and a half busy with two fantastic recording projects. The first involved some new friends that I met with Carrie Rodriguez while touring in Europe last fall. Erik & Sanne have been performing together and singing beautiful duets since the early 90′s. As national celebrities in Belgium, their appearance at one of our smaller shows was a complete shock to those who had come to see us perform. After our performance Carrie and I got to meet and exchange information with the hope of staying in touch. That sentiment quickly grew and within weeks Erik & Sanne were trying to convince us that Carrie needed to co-produce their next record and that I needed to play on it. We agreed, they flew over, and we recorded their album in Austin, TX at Cedar Creek Studios. The band included Lloyd Maines, Glen Fukunaga, and Brannen Temple with appearances by Earl Poole Ball, Ian MacLagan, and Joel Guzman. Carrie Rodriguez and I will be touring and performing with Erik and Sanne in support of the release over in Belgium this September. Can’t wait.
The second project was Carrie’s. Her recording was out in Berkeley, CA at Fantasy Studios. Fantasy, with its rich recording history and its amazing facility, was a dream to record in. Producer Lee Townsend along with engineer Adam Munoz were amazing to record with, and the band, including Don Heffington, Hans Holzen, and Kyle Kegerreis, were awesome. Keys genius Erik Deutsch added some beautiful textures. The entire experience felt like the right group of people in the right space and time. I’m excited for this one to get released. Look for it in early October.