Inspired by the musical vibe in Tucson, Bay Area musician, composer and singer Mark Growden employed an all-star lineup of country and blues players from the Old Pueblo to record his explosive new album last year at Loveland Studio. Lose Me in the Sand explores some of Growden's musical roots while planting new seeds in the Sonoran Desert.
While he focused on the accordion on his last album, 2010's impressive Saint Judas, Growden mainly plays clawhammer banjo here. Robust accompaniment is provided by guitarist Clay Koweek (who also plays mandolin), fiddler Tim O'Connor, Dobro player Connor Gallaher, harmonica player Tom Walbank, upright bassist Ian Stapp and percussionist Andrew Collberg. They use the wooden instruments to kindle a fiery brand of old-time bluegrass that's also warm and inviting.
Quoted from here.
Loveland was a challenging studio in some ways but also had strong points like being able to record to 16 track 2" tape. It was recorded live in the studio with minimal amount of overdubs and repairs. Everyone was in a single recording room except for Tom, the harp player who I put in the control room. Some baffles were strategically placed to help with isolation. The room wasn't that large and there were a lot of open mics including two room mics placed at either end. All this bleed of the instruments into different mics resulted in a lot of depth of field in unusual and unpredictable ways. The live sound of a group of musicans playing their guts out in a small room, capped by Mark's passionate and soulful vocal delivery is what makes this record so vital and exciting.
This Tuscon experience of producing and recording this project with Mark and company, is certainly up there with other classic recordings I've been involved with. I don't really know how to describe it but the performance atmosphere was electrically buzzing and vibrating with the feeling that something real was going down. This atmosphere is on the recording.
Check out the video for my song "Settle in a Little While" from the new album.
Video by Liliana Mejia and myself. Made with a Buddha Board and a blow dryer. Filmed while I was attending an artist residency at HEREKEKE in Lama, NM.
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"Lose me in the Sand" National Tour Continues
After these two days off in New Orleans, we head out to North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Northern California, Oregon and Washington. I hope we're coming to a town near you.
Here are the details:
- Weds. March 9, 8pm – The Coop, 25 Carolina Lane – Ashville, NC
- Th. March 10, 8:30pm – Vanuatu Kava Bar – Asheville, NC
- Fri. March 11, 7pm – The Chalet Club - 532 Washburn Road – Lake Lure, NC
- Sat. March 12, 8pm – Barking Legs Theater – Chattanooga, TN
- Sun. March 13, 8pm – Relix Variety Theater – Knoxville, TN
- Tues. March 15, 7pm – Blue Moon House Concert – Oklahoma City, OK
- Wed. March 16, 8pm – Istvan Gallery – Oklahoma City, OK
- Th. March 17, 8pm – Amala Foundation – Austin, TX
- Fri. March 18, 8pm – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX
- Sat. March 19, 3pm – Carousel Lounge – Austin, TX
- Th. March 24, Looking for a show in Albuquerque, NM
- Fri. March 25, 7:30pm – Santa Fe Community Yoga Center – Santa Fe, NM
- Sat. March 26, 7pm – Santa Fe Performance Exchange – El Dorado at Santa Fe, NM
- Sun. March 27, 8pm – KTAO Solar Center – Taos, NM
- Th. March 31, 9pm – The Laughing Goat – Boulder, CO
- Fri. April 1, 8pm – The Chrysalis House – Boulder, CO
- Sat. April 2, 10pm – The Mercury Cafe – Denver, CO
- Sun. April 3, 7:30pm – Wildwoods Sounds – Del Norte, CA
- April 4 and 5 – Shows in Salt Lake City TBA
The NorCal/Northwest Leg
More shows will be added for April and May. Here's what we have so far:
- Th. April 7, 8pm – Studio on 4th – Reno, NV
- Fri. April 8, 4pm– Hootenanny at the Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
- Sat. April 9, 4pm – Hootenanny at the Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
- Sun. April 10, 9pm – Amnesia – San Francisco, CA
- Fri. April 15, Time TBA – 142 Throckmorton Theater – Mill Valley, CA
- Sat. April 16, 8pm – Subterranean Art House – Berkeley, CA
- Fri. April 22, 8:30pm – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
- Sat. April 23, Time TBA – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA
- Th. April 28, 7pm – Mama Brooke's House of Culture, 905 Lassen Lane – Mt. Shasta, CA
- Fri. April 29, 8pm – Chico Women's Club – Chico, CA
- Sat. April 30, 8:30pm – The Axe & Fiddle – Cottage Grove, CA
- Sun. May 1, Time TBA – FireWorks – Corvallis, OR
- Th. May 5, 7pm, – Culture Works – Ashland, OR
- Sat. May 7, 8pm – Traditions Cafe – Olympia, WA
- Sun. May 8, 9pm – Dante's – Portland, OR
- Tues. May 10, 9pm – Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous – Seattle, WA
- Weds. May 11, Time TBA – The Upstage – Port Townsend, WA
- Th. May 12, 9pm – Egan's Ballard Jam House – Seattle, WA
- Fri. May 13, 9pm – The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
- Sat. May 14, 8:30pm – Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi – Vashon, WA
- Sun. May 15, 4pm – Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR
- Weds. May 18, 8pm – Arcata Playhouse – Arcata, CA
- Th. May 19, – Venue TBA – Garberville, CA
- Fri. May 20, Time TBA – Art Center Ukiah – Ukiah, CA
- Sat. May 21, 7:30pm – North Columbia Schoolhouse – Nevada City, CA