Wildwood Flower

Last Sunday, Tommy, Lexi, and I met at Tommy’s studio in Worcester to work on some tunes, eat snacks, and try a little impromptu recording. Once we settled in to tracking, it turned into a very productive session. First we recorded a basic live track with vocals: Tommy on drums, Lexi on the Gretsch Rancher acoustic, and me on my Yamaha P-45 electric keyboard, then Tommy set to work adding bass and electric guitar tracks. That very evening we posted the first of five classic country cover tunes, the Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower”:

The Carter Family has been a huge inspiration for the Franklin County Sweethearts; this tune is one of our favorites we’ve been performing at our live shows. A “video” of the song (just the audio file and a film photo shot and developed by Tommy’s father, Dennis LeBeau) was uploaded to Facebook , and later to YouTube. We hope to return to the studio this weekend and have more tunes to share with you soon.

Til next time,

RP

In the Studio

 

~ We’ve had a busy winter ~

Tom LeBeau and I have been hard at work creating the “Pauline” album.
We recently invited our friend Josh Allen to 5 Front Studios to track his cajon (a box-shaped percussion instrument that he built himself and proudly decorated with sweet Star Wars stickers).  Josh is the percussionist for the Franklin County Sweethearts, and occasionally Tom and I will borrow him for a set of our own, so we wanted to feature him on the record. Josh is also a photographer who is based in the Pioneer Valley.  He has worked with us and many other fabulous local artists since first moving here from Ohio!

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the control room at 5 Front Studios – photo by Josh Allen
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Tracking live keys, guitar, and cajon

While we make steady progress tracking for the album,  I’ve also been experimenting with album artwork ideas.  I used cutouts from my sketchbook and found pieces to create the first very basic prototype front and back cover design for the album.

These were taken on my phone at my kitchen table, just to get a feel for the basic layout:

Pauline as a waitress “serving coffee in a restaurant”
~ Based on a sketch done one morning over breakfast
at Charlie’s Diner in Spencer, Massachusetts ~

Pauline.

Produced by Tom LeBeau at 5 Front Studios in Worcester, MA.
Released 9/30/16

Lyrics:
Pauline,
One morning I will find you
In an open field
Waiting for me
Wet green
Underneath your toes
And you still don’t know
That you haven’t woken from this dream
Oh woe is me
I could never be the woman that you need
It’s killing me, Pauline
Pauline,
Stepping onto the subway
At the end of a long day
Like a rusted up machine
Oh I’ve seen
This world take its toll
On stronger souls
While you stay so serene
Oh woe is me
I could never be the woman that you need
It’s killing me, Pauline
The ocean is dancing at your knees again
Now you’re running between great big trees
Serving coffee in a restaurant
But in any of these moments
Could you see yourself with me?
Oh woe is me (x4)
I could never be the woman that you need
It’s killing me, Pauline