Hey everyone –
Hope your winter is going well. It just got cold down here in Georgia. I am relieved to have a bit of time at home to get the pets fed and the pruning done, but I am missing playing with the best band ever – the Fall tour season was a blast! I am trying to get on a strict regimen of writing new tunes – solo and IG’s. In the meantime, here’s some news…
Daemon Records is proud to announce the release of Amy Ray and the Volunteers – Live From Knoxville. We’ll be trying out the digital world for this one, eMusic is gonna offer it first, starting on December 19, and by late January, you should be able to find it on iTunes and everywhere else in the digital universe. We are doing a limited run of actual cds with a hand stamped cover by team Daemon and yours truly. The limited edition cds will be available exclusively at daemonrecords.com by December 19 and maybe sooner.
(Andrea tells me, we are taking pre-orders on this now so we can get em ready fast and into the mail.)
I love the tradition of live releases. To me, it’s a document of a time and place. Songs always morph a bit when you take them on the road and every musician brings her/his own magic to the mix. That’s what inspired this little release of Amy Ray and the Volunteers. We recorded a show in Knoxville, from top to bottom with 4 tracks of computer magic. We would have had more tracks, but the equipment failed us at the last minute. For this reason, it’s really “live” – no fixes and barely any separation. We skipped a few songs that are best left in the ether sphere and some babble that was probably better left unsaid. Other than that, what you hear is what we played – songs from both solo releases – Stag
and Prom. It was the last show of the Rocktober 2005 tour and slimly attended. The energy was in the intimacy of the crowd and the fact that we knew we wouldn’t get to rock again for a while. After the show, we loaded the gear into the trailer and without much fanfare, celebrated at an all night Pita joint. There’s nothing less glamorous than a college town that shuts down early. The Volunteers went on their way. The drummer Will Lochamy went back to Alabama where he splits his time between music and managing a bar. Les Nuby, the guitar man, dropped by his home in Alabama, long enough to hang with the gang and then headed out to L.A. to do session work, playing drums. Tara Jane O’Neil went back to her life as a roving songwriter, singer, rocker, and visual artist. Our fearless tour manager, Carla landed an impressive job working with the family pop/rock band, Laughing Pizza. I am living the high life as an Indigo Girl and writing for the next Aray solo record.
In a few days, I will be covered in silver ink trying to put the rubber stamp on this project.