Oh, Nashville

I had a charmed week in Nashville this February, where I flew straight from a month in New Haven, Connecticut – which I realize I haven’t written about here yet. Well, one thing at a time. I spent time staying with cherished, generous friends, recording new songs with new friends, and singing with some of my favorite voices anywhere.

Left to right, first row: Neilson Hubbard, who produced four tunes for me at Mr. Lemons Studio in Nashville, TN. He is pictured with Liberace, a white bedazzled capo who has graced the necks of many guitars. BTW, I did the “bedazzling.” With a name like Liberace, that capo needed some jewels! Pictured to the right of Neilson are Evan Hutchings, who played incredible drums and percussion on the session, and Kris Donegan, who laid down lush, ambient, textural guitar parts and a spritely banjo part.

Second row: Jill Phillips who, on her birthday, came to sing PERFECT harmony parts. Can you say One Take Wonder? Robby Hecht who, while in the middle of moving, came to sing on what is quite possibly the hardest duet ever written (okay, not really, but he is a CHAMP). A half-eaten quiche, which I very much enjoyed, from Sweet 16 Bakery.

have boots, will travel

These are by far my favorite boots. They are not the flashiest I’ve seen or the most colorful I own, but they are the most meaningful. They came to me with so much love soaked into every stitch and breathed over them. They were hand-made in Texas then traveled across the ocean to Belgium, where they lived for a while and roamed free on the back of a Harley, then finally they journeyed north to Friesland, where I met them in the home of people I truly love.

in-studio workshop

Will Sexton and I had a great time leading a session on pre-production June 24th – I hope we will do it again sometime in the future.

in the studio

You get to go in the studio! Will Sexton and I will be recording at Cedar Creek Studio in Austin, TX this July. We would love it if you joined us for an informative, fun, dynamic session at this incredible facility. If you attended our workshop in June, you will have witnessed some of the planning that took place to prepare for this time. If not, it’s not too late to join us on our journey! I will have notes prepared so you can see what we have planned before we step into the recording space, and I’ll get you up to speed right before we start our day together.

saturday and sunday, july 21 and 22

We will be working all day, both days, in the studio. So many iconic Austin artists have recorded at Cedar Creek, and I just love this studio. It sounds good, it feels good, it looks good, and best of all, the control room is big and comfy, with a huge window for you to see us working through. Fred and the Cedar Creek team have experience hosting workshops in the studio, so they are prepared to help create a great environment and experience for you. The information for the recording session time, location, etc. will be sent to you after you complete registration for the session.

Are you a current member of the Austin Songwriters’ Group?
If so, e-mail Lee { leeduffy @ austinsongwritersgroup . com }
for your exclusive members-ony discount to the in-studio workshop!