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First legitimate session of 2011. We were lucky to have Davis Davis (the red cloud) join in on the bass guitar.
I called it Loose Roots because this session made me feel like we were getting back to some low down, junky roots that we probably never really abandoned in the first place. Also, the name feels appropriate considering that this one feels like a macabre ol’ time gospel session (except for “Wok it Out / Sarabeth”). This may have the most to do with the lyrical content. Heaven, hell, the devil and all that.
The picture is my cat, Quinn, when he was a kitten. His roots are in New Orleans where I picked him up from a group of kids on the side of the road. However, now in Knoxville, he’s addicted to the cold weather for some reason.
“Afraid of the Ghost” – We play it soooooo much. It’s an easy one for people to remember, though, so it works well with session guests (such as the present David Davis). David’s bass alongside my deep synth makes for some good tonal ground punching.
“Tender Anomalies” – This began as a jam between Dane and David. I joined in and we became a three piece. The girls were all in the room doing something else. I’m not certain what, but their dialog in the background seems to fit right with the jam.
“House of Satan” – I could not resist resurrecting this one. I changed the lyric I was not fond of the last time we did it. Unfortunately, we lost the theramin for this version, but we did gain the bass. I feel like I should have sung “the chous” one more time maybe. Who cares, though? I love this ballad ass shit.
“Wok it Out / Sarabeth” – I’m not sure how this came to be, but we all felt really really good about it as it did. That’s Dane rapping. The beats come from a song called “Sarabeth” that I’ve performed live, and we’ve tackled as a band, but don’t have a solid recording of for some reason. Because of the source of the beats, we decided to interpolate elements of “Sarabeth” into this song. It’s great, because “Sarabeth” includes the primary lyrics, “Eight sixteen,” which I wrote in reference to the title person’s birthday. However, in weaving it into “Wok it Out,” Dane places the numbers into the completely different context of hours and minutes. Ah, sweet expansion!
Katie Collins – omnichord, bass
Megan Driscoll – flute
Dane Hill – drums, vocals
Rachel Jae – auxillary percussion, omnichord
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, beats, vocals
David Davis – bass
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This is another string based session with just Katie and I. Neither of the songs are anything new, but here we’ve performed them in completely different arrangements than before. This is also the first posted session in which Katie’s vocal contributions are heard, minimal as they may be.
We only worked out to songs, obviously. There was, literally, no other material from this session. It was not so difficult to reimagine these tracks for a stripped down banjo and ukulele set up. The reason it’s so short is because we used the bulk of our time to film a video for “Cute Little Echo” (which is actually the inferior of these two tracks, I believe).
You may or may not ever see this video as I may or may not ever edit it into completion. We actually put in some tired overtime in re-shooting what was to be the final scene. Unfortunately (and Katie will only learn of this as she reads it here), the re-shot scene did not actually take. When I dumped it on my computer, it was only a few seconds long, as if the “record” button was tapped twice by accident. By the time I realized this, Katie was gone and all the costuming, lights and fog had also been removed for the evening. So we’ll see.
And who knows? I may be able to work with the remaining footage anyway. I’m just not going to bank on it, and I have yet to try. But for now, you have these two concise and bluegrassy reworkings.
Katie Collins – ukulele, vocals
Arrison Kirby – banjo, beats, vocals