After months of planning, decision making, and experimenting, the countdown has finally begun. My new live CD will be coming out on July 1st, and I can’t wait!
The record is an album of two halves. The first half, a live recording of songs from my full band show at The Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, GA, and the second half, songs from a live session at Quad Studios in Nashville TN.
I love the way the record feels like a true representation of a live show – acoustic and intimate as well as full on rocking out.
The process of recording each half of the album couldn’t have been more different.
As someone with an impressively large collection of live CDs and DVDs, I thought recording the live show would be no problem. How wrong I was! What I hadn’t fully realised was that most artists record a live album or DVD during a tour, taking the best performances from several different shows. However, as an independent artist relying on favours from friends to help with the recording, that was not going to be an option. It had to be one show, one night, one take. Quite a challenge, but I love the energy that was captured, and in some ways there is nothing more real than doing it this way.
The Nashville studio session presented different issues. I was really excited about getting to record the old-fashioned way where a bunch of musicians all get together at the same time, in the same room, and someone presses the record button. Just how I imagine one of my all-time favourite artists, Buddy Holly, might have made his records.
The only change to how I had imagined things was that Greg (the producer) had set up each musician in their own little area so that every instrument wouldn’t bleed into every microphone. It was such a thrill getting to record playing and singing at the grand piano, and looking over my shoulder to see Donnie playing the violin part live at the same time.
The final track list for the album ended up as:
1. Green Eyes
2. Noah’s Song
3. Close My Eyes
5. Walk The Line/ Folsom Prison Blues
6. When You Loved Me
7. It Was Meant To Be
8. Love Me For A While
9. Over The Rainbow
10. If This Is Love
To give you a little preview taste of the live album I’ll be posting some listening videos to my YouTube Channel over the next few weeks, starting on Monday.
For anyone in the Georgia area, I’ll be performing a CD release party live with full band on Saturday June 29th and The Red Clay Theatre in Duluth GA. Tickets are available now from: http://public.ticketbiscuit.com/eddieowenpresents/ticketing/158234
To keep up with all the news on the album release and lots more, come say hi on my Facebook Page.
To download a song from my studio album for free, head over to www.callaghansongs.com
Hope everyone has a great weekend!