The old farmhouse where we recorded this album was known by many as an old boarding house, while others swear it was a brothel. Most recently, it was home to good friends who were kind enough to let us make a record in their living room as they prepared it for sale.
We chose to engineer and produce the album ourselves. While we all enjoy working in professional studios, DIY recording afforded a freedom of experimentation that we never could have achieved while working by the hour. Some of our favorite material on this project was neither performed nor rehearsed by the full band before our recording sessions, but came together through trial and error, both in front of live mics and while taking breaks outside to enjoy the stillness of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
In keeping with this DIY aesthetic, we fashioned the album covers from raw paper and printed them on Vandercook and C&P presses at the Rose O'Neill Literary House, a collaboration with artist Shannon Smulow, printer/designer Aaron Capp, and Mike Hoatson, owner of The Listening Room, who made the printing possible.
We are drawn to stories imbued with a sense of place, and those stories are what inspire our music. Over generations, genuine and apocryphal stories merge into a single, collective memory about a place's homes and institutions. Many of the stories on this album are mostly true, even the fictional ones, and all are rooted in memories of places we love.
releases December 13, 2019
The High & Wides are:
Mike Buccino – Bass
Marc Dykeman – Guitar & Vocals
Nate Grower – Fiddle
Sam Guthridge – Banjo, Mandolin, & Vocals
Vocals on “Lullaby & Postlude” performed by all the High & Wides
Slide guitar on “Cloud Over Idaho” performed by Sam Guthridge
Drums on “Cloud Over Idaho” performed by Ray Anthony
Engineering – Marc Dykeman
Mastering – Philip Stevenson (email@example.com
Album Symbol Art – Shannon Smulow (firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacket Design and Printing – Aaron Capp & Michael Hoatson
Band Photo – Walter Bowie (email@example.com
The High & Wides would like to thank our families, fans, and friends for all of their support during the making and release of this album, and in particular, would like to acknowledge the following: Randy Ball, The Bluegrass Marketer, Walter Bowie, Michael Buckley, Aaron Capp, Charm City Bluegrass, Phil Chorney, The Creative Alliance, The Dykeman Family, Julie Eckels, Sarah Ensor, The Garfield Center for the Arts, Julia Golonka, The Grower Family, The Guthridge Family, Mike Hoatson & the Listening Room, Brandon Hoy, Kristen Jones, Mike Kaylor, Adam Kirr, Brad Kolodner & Charm City Junction, Frank Lopez, Philly Bluegrass, The Rockshop Performing Arts Center, The Rose O’Neill Literary House Press at Washington College, Matt Royles & Man About a Horse, Brook Schumann, Leah Schell, Shannon Smulow, Philip Stevenson, Tonal Park Studios, Bill Wright