The first step in making Presenting Tara Shupe: Destroyer was scheduling a recording day at Swingfingers Recording Studios, in Fort Collins. I wrote the songs to the deadline! It was a really interesting challenge that left no room for second guessing, which usually stops me in my tracks.
I have been a big fan of Aaron and Erin Youngber since I first saw them in Hit and Run in the early 2000s, and met fiddler Ryan Drickey when their current band FY5 played my Dad's festival a few summers ago. I also met guitarist Mike Robinson at that festival with the band Taarka. Now a resident of NYC, it seemed far fetched to get him on this album, but he happened to be touring through at the same time and we made it happen. Allen Cooke of Caribou Mountain Collective came as a recommendation from a friend as the 2013 Rockygrass Dobro champion. The Front Range is a great place to record an album with so many great players living so close.
#tbt to one of my favorite days of 2017 recording at #swingfingersstudio with Aaron and @eyoungberg, and @dricklesticks from the fantastic @fy5band @mikerobinson4 of #badassguitarist recently touring with #jeffaustinband but who I first saw with #taarka💜 and Allen Cooke of @cariboumountaincollective. #coloradoringers #destroyer #imisshitandrunbluegrass #dreamband
I am very excited to start introducing the talented people involved in the creation of my upcoming EP Presenting Tara Shupe: Destroyer.
I was able to catch up with Tyler Lambourne and Daniel Young of Utah super group The Lower Lights last night for this picture.
Tyler lives in Austin, TX, and was one of the "satellite" musicians I used for 3 of the songs recorded independently across the country by some of my favorite musicians. With basically nothing to work with, laying bass to guitar/vocal scratch tracks, he nailed everything. I'm beyond stoked with how it turned out. You can catch Tyler playing around Austin with Ragtime Willie and Texas legend Eric Hokkanen, to name a few.
Utah's Daniel Young placed in the Chris Austin songwriter comp a few years back (NBD!), plays with local country band The Hollering Pines, and creates great albums in his studio out of North Salt Lake. We captured the truly incredible drummer Bart Olson at Orchard Studio in June, and then mixed and mastered the album there starting in October. Dan is so much fun to work with, has a great ear, and was so patient and knowledgable in getting the tracks to where I wanted them to be. A little footage of Bart playing: