I'm back to the studio!
Right now I'm playing guitar for Kevin Sekhani's upcoming followup to Sumner Street/Day Ain't Done, the latter of which has a solo of mine on the title track. There is no release date yet for these, but the tracks are coming out very well for the full-length album.
I'm also working closely with Matt Babineaux for his EP, and have been doing a mix of production assistance and playing, tracking guitar, bass, vocals, accordion, dobro, banjo, and everything but the kitchen sink! One track in particular from this session is extremely inspiring and one of the best recordings I've been a part of.
I'm also working pre-production on my next Jim McGee solo record. So many ideas have been brewing since the last one, 2014's Instinct, my instrumental guitar record. The new one will be a vocal record, and there are some really cool ideas that will be incorporated into it.
Some ideas we're working into the next record:
- Song selections from other bands/artists I've worked with. I've been blessed to be a part of so many great original bands over the years, many of whom never recorded proper records. This will be the first time I have a few tracks that were co-written by other local artists. I'm very excited to share some of that work, and present a whole new perspective.
- There will be a strong focus on lyrics. I'm at a really good point in my life, and the sad or cathartic writing from the past vocal outings will be replaced with some pretty upbeat stuff reflecting the place I'm at.
- Lush production. My first record, 2005's Resist the Urge to Stare, was pretty lush, and we followed it with the Trio album, intended to be played live with a 3-piece rock. This new record will be back to the full production style.
- Lanois/Eno idea: I'll be experimenting with a new process of getting strong rhythm beds, that I got from an interview with Daniel Lanois. Will report back with how it's going once we get to the tracking phase!