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Living Life Live at The Drive Shed September 12th, 2012

We’ve just completed our 3rd day of recording at The Drive Shed, and the project is moving ahead nicely.  On days 1 and 2, we recorded live bed tracks for 11 of the album’s 12 songs.  Though his gorgeous Graf is always nearby, Jason has been playing a lot on an old dead-stringed Gibson that he borrowed from a friend, lending the songs a warm, rough-around-the-edges feel.  Singing with the most amazing musicians — Michael Johnston on piano, accordian, and organ; Maury Lafoy on acoustic and electric bass; Mark Mariash on drums; and Jason on guitar — is the most fun I’ve had since the Hotel des Arts.  Today Christine Bougie dropped in and added red-hot tracks on lap steel and electric guitar to a couple of songs.  Then Sahra (playing Celtic harp) accompanied Jason and I for a few simple live takes of the album’s twelfth song.  And finally Sahra gave some sweet violin touches to one of the songs I wrote for my father/her grandfather, to whom the album will be dedicated when it’s finished.  Two more days to go.

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