Killer session yesterday working on some new music with Izzy Stradlin. Rick Richards (missed the picture) on guitar and Joey Huffman on B3. Izzy couldn't be a cooler guy, new tunes coming soon...
Earlier this year we spent a week with Atlanta artist Zach Sanders recording his debut EP "Losin' It."
There are 5 tracks on the EP that range from energetic rockers, to stripped down ballads. Zach was joined by a killer group of session players including Grayson McGrath (drums), Landon Jordan (guitar), and Sam Bedingfield (bass). You can stream the title track here and find the EP in its entirety on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
The online version includes 4 songs and the coolest artwork you've ever seen, featuring my super slick vintage television that we use as an end table here at The Vault. We have also released a physical CD version that includes two bonus tracks. You can pick one up at a Cody Marlowe show, or you may be able to order one online if you contact him and harass him long enough.
So far we have been featured on a few terrible shows on TLC and The Science Channel. Keep your ears peeled and let us know if you hear us blaring from a television near you!
Got to hang a bit with CAMPAIGN last week and crank out a new song. Basically 1 take and done, dudes know how to party... check out "Back in the Hole" streaming from http://thefestfl.com/performers/campaign/
We had Victoria in recently for a Live From The Vault session. The whole release won't be out until after her debut EP "Into The Pull" due out January 29th. But here is a sneak peak at one of the tracks that she performed live in one take!
A few months back I had the pleasure of doing a stripped down, mega chill EP with BJ Wilbanks. After a lot of coffee, a few beers, and some pretty trippy conversations about planets and aliens and stuff, we wrapped up a 6 song EP entitled Moonshine On The Vine. Its out today on iTunes, Spotify and wherever else you find music online...
We recorded mostly live, without many overdubs... Raw and real like the man himself. Check him out at the album release November 4th at Steve's Live Music, Sandy Springs Ga.
We had a lot of fun making some rock n roll/country tunes with Kalyn Bradford. Check out Last Drop of Whiskey from her debut EP, Louder Than Thunder.
Featuring Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites) on guitar, Mike Daly (Hank Williams Jr) on slide guitar, Joey Huffman (Hank Williams Jr) on keys and guitar, Ryan Sellors on bass, Zach Wheeler on drums, and me rocking the guiro fish at the end.
Louder Than Thunder is available now on iTunes, Spotify.
Aaron was recommended to us by a friend. He's the real deal. He came in and played through a few songs and really made it look easy. He even pulled his own little in studio audience for the second edition of our live recording series - Live From The Vault.
If you like what you hear please share to support songwriters and promote artists who can do their thing without relying on the digital editing and fixing of today's music world.
Aaron lives in Decatur, Ga and performs in the area frequently. He can also be found roaming various bars and venues in Atlanta and around the southeast. He is currently working on his first full length record, due out this November. You can catch him October 4th at Little Vinyl Lounge, underneath Star Bar in Little Five.
Joey Huffman and I were asked to do a funk track for a TV series. It was a lot of fun so we did a few extras and compiled it into an EP which we have entitled Funk Up Your Television. There are some cool sounds on it; vintage synths, clavinet, guitars through a Leslie cabinet, a Rhodes through a Wah pedal... The first track is posted below with the rest of the EP available on iTunes and Spotify... Check it out!
In an age of digital editing, pitch correction, and endless production possibilities, its refreshing to hear a raw performance of a song. Here at the vault we believe that great music always boils down to an individual, or a group of individuals, who have developed a craft; artist's with the ability to create an experience... to portray a feeling that people want, using only their voices and instruments.
We have decided to kick off a new thing. Periodically, (once a month?... whenever we feel like it?) we will invite one of our favorite songwriters to the vault for a stripped down live-performance recording session. All we will give them are a couple of microphones, a couple of beers, and an opportunity to share a few songs. It will mostly be individuals, maybe duos, we'll see. The recordings will be "as is;" no editing, no fixing, correcting, or overdubbing; screw ups and forgotten lyrics included. The recordings will be shared free for anyone who enjoys a genuine performance.
Our hope is that this will allow us the opportunity to expose some of the raw talent that is out roaming around bars, venues, arenas, coffee shops, wherever... and that it will help to inspire artists to become the next great American Songwriter, instead of another American Idol.
To kick it off, we've invited our good friend and session writer for the studio, Cody Marlowe. We are currently working on pre-production for his new record... Here are a few extra songs he had laying around. Enjoy; and if you're into it, please pass it along...
Kelsey is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/ukulele picker from a small town in Mississippi. Shes been traveling in on weekends to make music with us at The Vault.
This summer we will be back in the studio recording more songs for her upcoming E.P. The project is being produced by our very own Joey Huffman, who is also playing B3/piano/wurlitzer; with drums and bass by Zach Wheeler, and Ryan Sellors. The project will also have some special guests including the legendary Peter Stroud... so stay tuned!
Here's a little preview...
Hear more at https://soundcloud.com/kelsey-collins-19
The Foxhollow project that began last year has evolved into an 11 song full length record. Come on out to the official release party, May 9th at Smith's Olde Bar. I'll be there playing guitar...
Here's one of my favorites from the record... recorded live with no click; just musicians making music.
Last year I was asked to engineer a record for Andy Buckner up at Echo Mountain in Asheville NC. We locked ourselves in for an 84 hour studio week and cranked out 12 songs.
Most of the record was done live, so I'd say it has the genuine southern rock vibe; tracked on the Neve 8068 console with every vintage microphone you can imagine. We brought it back to The Vault to do some guest overdubs and mix it. We had some pretty killer guests on this project including Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites), Jason "Rowdy" Cope and "Cowboy" Eddie Long (Jamey Johnson), and our very own Joey Huffman (Hank Williams Jr.) who also produced the record.
Andy's self titled, debut record is out now, available on iTunes or at any of his numerous upcoming shows. Andy pulled over 1,500 people to his CD release show in Asheville last week... Things are happening with this guy so keep an eye out for him!
Here is my favorite song off of the record; Play Me One More featuring Rick Richards on slide guitar and Joey Huffman on piano.