Wednesday, June 27 - Alive After Five Summer Concert Series
While recording at Sun Studios for the PBS series "Sun Studio Sessions",
Greyhounds met Memphis native and acclaimed engineer, Matt Ross-Spang.
Soon afterwards, Matt moved his operation to Sam Phillips Recording studio.
Greyhounds were very familiar with the studio, and its deep history, and had
always wanted to record there. It is the type of place that you walk into and are
transported to another era. A perfect place to make the type of record Greyhounds
were interested in making. A less produced, and more spontaneous style of
recording, all straight to tape like many of the classic music that was made there in
its heyday. Coincidentally, Ross-Spang has made a name for him self as a
student of that old school style of making records.
Due to the high demand for the studio and Matts services, as well as
Greyhounds busy touring schedule, it was challenging to find a time when they
could work together. Finally a small window of time opened up ( 3 Days ) and
Greyhounds made the trip from Austin, to Memphis to begin recording.
Pulling from 17 years of songwriting, Greyhounds had plenty of material to
choose from. "It was a chance to look back at some of our favorite tunes that we
never had recorded" ( Trube ). Because there were only 3 days in which to record
and mix the record. Greyhounds knew they would have to be ready to perform
these songs seamlessly, just like they would at a live show. "When recording to
tape you have to make commitments. It is a lesson in letting go and not getting
hung up on things. Its liberating" (Trube).
Greyhounds proceeded to Memphis and recorded and mixed 13 songs over the
course of 3 days all live to 8 track 1" tape, with some special guest appearances
from some of their good friends Will Sexton, Amy LaVere, and Art Edmaiston.
"When you are going at that pace, you don't get a lot of time to second guess
yourself. You learn to trust your instincts and be more present in the
moment." ( Farrell ).
“Cheyenne Valley Drive” is a product of a band at the height of their game,
making music in a studio that has been virtually untouched by time, recording in
the style that many of their musical heroes used. Basically a dream come true. A
dream they want to share with you.