The slow dance of making an album over the internet...

I used to be a "full time" musician when I lived in America for 14 years, writing music and being a music director for churches in the South. Producing albums over the years has been very rewarding but none as much as the new record "Four Rivers". We moved back to Australia last year and I went and got a job driving a Sydney Bus to put food on the table and get established back in the homeland. It's been a dream for a while to get a Country album completed and doing so on a part time bus drivers wage has been a challenge to say the least.

I would spend hours laboring over the songs during the writing process and then I'd program drums, bass, keys etc and start building the song on my mac.

The next step involved leveraging many of the relationships I'd made over the years in the States, calling my friends and asking them to replace the programmed parts with the real instruments in studios that they work with or run. Jay Tooke is a friend and producer and talented drummer, bassist, guitarist and God knows what else. He laid down all the drum tracks in a studio in Nashville TN. Sean Hurley used to be in a band called Vertical Horizon and he laid down some bass tracks for me when he had nights off touring with John Mayer. The amazing Robert Henson laid down the rest of the bass tracks and smokes any other bass player I've heard lately. Hugh Wilson is an Aussie living in NYC who sung on Savage Garden's first album, he's toured with Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz doing backing vocals and is a producer and one of, if not the best singer I've ever heard...I'd send him my half finished songs and he'd lay down the backing vocals. Martin Kearns in Atlanta is a friend who has played with James Brown, REM, Shawn Mullins just to name a few. Marty laid down amazing organs, piano and even a piano accordion. Getting the files back from these guys and others over the internet was a blast. I'd replace the "fake" programmed instruments with the real stuff and the project just came together beautifully. It's a beautiful thing working with pro's who hear a song and know exactly what it needs.

While it would be an amazing experience getting all these guys in a studio and recording an album in a few weeks together, I had to settle for pulling this project together over the internet as the part time bus driving wage wouldn't accommodate getting us all together....but I'd do it all again this way as it just felt right. It's taken 2 years but it's finally done and I honestly couldn't be happier with the amazing results. I hope y'all dig the new record.

Steve

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    Lassiter's Bristol, TN

    From Atlanta to Asheville, to Bluff City, (and Applebees), so very thankful to call you friend.......We miss you guys terribly and especially you leading worship on Sundays!! Excited for this chapter in your life.....once again, AMAZING music!!!! We are expecting a visit when you come to the U.S.!! Congratulations on an amazing song!!! WE LOVE YOU MATE!!

    From Atlanta to Asheville, to Bluff City, (and Applebees), so very thankful to call you friend.......We miss you guys terribly and especially you leading worship on Sundays!! Excited for this chapter in your life.....once again, AMAZING music!!!! We are expecting a visit when you come to the U.S.!!
    Congratulations on an amazing song!!! WE LOVE YOU MATE!!

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