Man, it's been one crazy busy holiday/winter season thus far. I've played some great shows and had a blast figuring out this crazy ambitious trio that Eric Wiggs, Amy Shelley and I have been pursuing. We've got a bit of downtime at the moment but have some cool gigs to announce for the spring. Probably going to add some club shows this winter if we get the itch.
Thanks to everybody that came out Sunday 11/10/20 for our first show with the new trio for Cover More Ground!! Gold Hill Inn was a perfect spot for such an occasion. My wife, Kyra, kicked the night off with her acoustic duo Sugar Moon and played a great set. I've been really excited to share the stage for these shows with Eric Wiggs (acoustic/electric guitar, mandolin, dobro) and Amy Shelley (drums). It's been a fun process to try and put these tunes together with such a unique mix on instrumentation. We have a few more shows upcoming. Check us out at the following:
Saturday 11/16 - Swallow Hill - Denver, CO - Supporting the Steel Wheels
Thursday 11/21 - Avogadro's Number - Ft. Collins, CO w/Sugar Moon
Friday 11/22 - Soundpost Sessions (at La Vita Bells) - Longmont, CO
Tuesday 12/10 - Laughing Goat - Boulder, CO
Today is that day folks!! Cover More Ground is officially out and available on all sales and streaming platforms. I'm so incredibly proud of this album and can't believe that this day has finally arrived. As you've heard a hundred times, this is my very first solo album and it hasn't been an easy or quick process to get to this point.
There are so many people to thank so here goes: First, I'd like to thank Mitch Collman of Robust Records for believing in this project and seeing this through with me. Cover More Ground has a great home at Robust Records and I couldn't be more appreciative.
Eric Wiggs' contribution to this record goes beyond anything I can put into words. So many of the killer guitar (acoustic & electric), mandolin and dobro solos on this record are due to his epic abilities. If you think this record sounds really good, that's because of him. We tracked most all of the record at Eric's Vermilion Road Studio in Longmont. Eric handled all the engineering and it shows. We're not done, because he sang some great harmonies and helped with arranging the vast array of material that is on Cover More Ground. Eric, if you're reading this, you CRUSHED it!! Eric and I will be touring in support of this project for the forseeable future along with Amy Shelley. Please come check us out.
Next is all the other fantastic folks that laid down some monster performances on this record. That includes two of my best friends John Teer and Greg Readling of Chatham County Line. Teer added his signature spark on mandolin on two tracks while Greg did his always masterful work on Hammond organ and piano on 3 tracks. Andrew Marlin (of Mandolin Orange, maybe you've heard of 'em?) played mandolin on one track (Next Time I'll Win) and absolutely made magic happen the way only he can. Nick Baglio put drums on two tracks, Kalin Capra put bass down on one track, and Taylor Sims sang some sweet harmonies on one track.
We're not done. Big time kuddos to my good friend Chris Boerner for doing all the mixing and mastering this record at Kitchen Mastering. Thanks to Nathan Golub for doing a fantastic job on the album art. Josh Elioseff for taking some great pictures and being such a fun dude to work with. And a big shout out to Mark Venezia for tracking and mixing Been Around at his incredible Wind Over the Earth studio in Longmont, CO. Mark also featured Been Around on a charity project he so kindly masterminded called The Longmont Project which donated all proceeds to Longmont High School's music program.
And finally, all my family and friends especially my wife Kyra and son Charlie. I love all of you so much!! -Chandler
Big News!! I have my very first solo album coming out on November 8, 2019. It's called 'Cover More Ground' and the fine folks at Robust Records are doing all the hard work to get this beauty out there. The record features eleven songs written by yours truly and one cover tune inspired by my hero, the great Ry Cooder.
I'm so fortunate to be joined by so many great musicians/friends including John Teer and Greg Readling of Chatham County Line, Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange and many others. The biggest round of applause goes to Eric Wiggs, who's string wizardry is on display all over Cover More Ground. Eric also just happened to record and engineer the bulk of this album at his new studio in Longmont, CO, Vermillion Road Studio.
More huge thanks to my friend and ace engineer Chris Boerner for mixing and mastering. And I can't forget Mark Venezia who engineered and mixed one track at his amazing Wind Over the Earth studio in Longmont.
Check out my official release shows below and on my Tour page. -Chandler
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