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Poconuts in the studio

JULY 1st 2011
Well, we’re back from the Nashville ‘All Fired Up’ sessions with MPI at Sound Emporium and what a great time everyone had! Steve Fishell gave his morning seminars on how the recording process was going to work that day and then we proceeded to work like we always do! Well rehearsed for the studio? I don’t think so! Where’s the fun in that?
Everyone who signed up for the sessions seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience and I think they took away a new understanding of writing and recording music. It was a kick looking out at everyone in their ‘All Fired Up’ T-shirts, clutching their various percussion instruments. They looked nervous. You could’ve cut the tension with a knife, (thankfully no one brought knives). Could they, as a group, lay down a rhythm track? We were about to see!
Ray, the dentist from Louisiana, kept time with a set of false teeth. There was a poconut who played a coconut, Mary shook a box of ‘Hot Tamales’, Marc was on woodblock while Sharon beat on a Folgers coffee can. Fred had mini bongos (they looked like bongo sliders), Carolyn brought a gourd of some kind, Michael R. had a cowbell, Linda had claves, Dr. Al held some weird combination of wooden things and Anna (Mrs. Webb) put a deli-tray lid to good use. And thanks to George Grantham, leading everyone on tambourine, it came out amazing. What good sports they all are!
If you check out our Facebook page you’ll find a couple of videos Mary shot on the first day of recording. It’s easy to see how much fun we were having.
We finished recording ‘All Fired Up’ and got pretty far along on a beautiful new song of Jack’s called ‘Long Shot’. I‘m happy to say it’s a perfect song to feature pedal steel. Michael Webb’s piano playing is amazing on it and our friend Michael Kelsh stopped by to help out with bass guitar.
We also got the chance to work with engineer David Leonard. He was awesome. David’s credentials include working with Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Paul McCartney. He must have thought his career really hit bottom when he found himself in the studio with Poco recording a set of false teeth and a ‘Hot Tamales’ box. Poor guy!
I’ll drive back to Nashville sometime around the end of July to finish guitar overdubs and vocals on tracks we recorded in March and April. Then we’ll look at what we have and decide if the project needs any more songs.

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