Our spotlight today is on Pearl.
“For the first time in years, we actually spent an entire month at home. That doesn’t mean we were on vacation though. On the contrary, it was a very busy month. As many of you know, we are working on a new album this spring, so this month we spent a lot of time practicing for that, waiting for thunderstorms to end so we could record, waiting for allergies to clear up so we could record, and we also managed to actually record!
“Recording can be a rather discouraging process. Most of this album is comprised of songs we practiced and performed all winter. They were fresh in our minds and we were ready to just go into the studio and get this done, but that’s not as easy as it sounds. The major difference between performing and recording is that recording essentially makes us our own audience. Instead of just performing one song after the other, we have to listen to each song very critically. A small mistake can go completely undetected in a live show, but be very noticeable (and very permanent) on a recording. Every missed note, chord, or word must be corrected.
“On the other hand, recording is a very exciting process, sort of like an audible jigsaw puzzle. We lay each track down separately. Some of those tracks sound very strange by themselves. For instance, a bluegrass tenor part sounds very dismal when sung alone, but it sounds really good when it’s combined with the other vocal parts and the band. It’s been very interesting to hear our songs get ‘dissected’ in this process, but it’s very exciting to hear it all come together!
“Recording reminds me of the old saying: ‘If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’ That certainly applies to this CD and I am really looking forward to the finished product! In the meantime, we’re taking a short trip for a couple shows in Georgia. It’s been good to spend some time at home, it’s good to be back on the road this week, and it’ll be good to get home again and wrap up this recording for y’all! Have a great weekend, Folks!”