The Wellington Sessions were recorded in Traverse City at the home of our good friend, Brett Karis. Brett has been one of the biggest supporters of us and our art since we met in back in 2007. We turned his living room into a recording studio and were in Traverse City for about thirty hours. Arriving on a Wednesday morning and leaving the following afternoon.
Brett and Nixon pulled vinyl from the Karis record collection and I wrote as the beats were created. All of the lyrics except for those to “Hypothermia” were written in that living room. Ryan K. Wilson and Molly Bouwsma Schultz added the angelic harmonies to the "Hypothermia” chorus some time after the Traverse City sessions concluded, in Grand Rapids, MI.
Jason Kott was living with Brett at the time and plays bass on each of the four songs. He was coming and going as we recorded the tracks and laid down his bass parts a half hour before we had to leave. He literally did one take with each of his bass guitars, per song. What you hear is exactly what he played.
During the trip we also had a show at Union Street Station that inspired the creation of “Doing Too Much”. The details of that tale would be better told in person.
The artwork for TWS is a photo of an original painting by Josh “Juan” Fifarek, taken by Joe Forsythe. Juan’s painting hung on the wall in the living room where these recordings were created.
released January 1, 2011
Executive Producer Brett Karis
Production by Jason "Nixon" Burke
Bass by Jason Kott
Words by Rick Chyme
Mixed & Mastered by Jason "Nixon" Burke
Additional Vocals on Hypothermia by Ryan K. Wilson and Molly Bouwsma Schultz
Original Artwork by Josh "Juan" Fifarek
Photography by Joe Forsythe
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