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Some cool photos by Yasmine Omari of us opening for Marty Stuart at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, February 15, 2014.

The band is Brian Wells on drums, John Trahey on bass, and Mitch Palmer on keys.

Let’s Cut Some Hits: Recording With Roland Janes

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[Photo by Mike Brown]

On a sunny May afternoon in 2012, I dropped by Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with my first two CD’s in hand. I had not called ahead, but there was a huge old Lincoln parked out front, so I went on in. The door was unlocked. I had never been inside before.

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My new record came out today. It was produced by Roland Janes and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. We recorded it at Sam Phillips Recording Service on 2” analog tape without the use of computers. The vinyl was mastered on the original Stax Records lathe. It was not intended to be heard streaming on laptop speakers or earbuds. If you like it, please consider picking up the vinyl or the CD. Hope you enjoy it.

We also have a new 7” single from the same sessions, featuring two new songs unavailable anywhere else. You can order the vinyl or download from iTunes.

If you’d like both the LP and the 7”, in addition to the Motel Mirrors 10”, you can get them all in one from Last Chance Records.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. The new album is called Memphis Circa 3AM. It was produced by Roland Janes at Sam Phillips Recording Service, and it will be our third release for Big Legal Mess (Fat Possum). The street date for North America, Australia, and Japan will be September 17, 2013. Stay tuned for a European release date, as well as a Memphis release party and of course a track preview (eventually). I’ve never been more proud of or excited about a recording I’ve worked on. Can’t wait for you guys to hear it.
Photo by Jim Herrington (jimherrington.tumblr.com)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. The new album is called Memphis Circa 3AM. It was produced by Roland Janes at Sam Phillips Recording Service, and it will be our third release for Big Legal Mess (Fat Possum). The street date for North America, Australia, and Japan will be September 17, 2013. Stay tuned for a European release date, as well as a Memphis release party and of course a track preview (eventually). I’ve never been more proud of or excited about a recording I’ve worked on. Can’t wait for you guys to hear it.

Photo by Jim Herrington (jimherrington.tumblr.com)

In case you missed it, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal recently ran an epic profile of my friend, hero, & producer Roland Janes, written by Bob Mehr. The story was for C.A. subscribers only, but here are the photos and a link to the full text. I am beyond excited about the record we just finished with Roland, and I am honored and blessed to have gotten to work with him. Here are a few clips we taped with Roland for the C.A. website:

Roland and I talk guitar

Roland on producing

Me on working with Roland

In case you’re not familiar with my friend Harlan T. Bobo and his records,  I made a playlist of my favorite tracks. He lives in Europe now and rarely plays in Memphis, so I’m excited to be backing him up tonight at Otherlands.

If you suffer from insomnia, check out this interview I did recently at Rhodes College for their Echoes of Memphis project. Better than counting sheep! (Just kidding, folks - I was flattered to be asked to participate). Four parts in all; the rest can be watched here.