The Everybodyfields are a relatively new band to me. Woody first turned me on to them a few months ago, pointing out that we made a drastic error by not including their remarkable album, Nothing Is Okay, on our best albums of 2007 list. Since I’ve started listening to this band from Johnson City, TN, my faith has been restored in the country music genre. Jill Andrews (Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Lead Vox) and Sam Quinn (Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Lead Vox) write striking lyrics while Josh Oliver (lead guitar, keys), Tom Pryor (pedal steel), and Jamie Cook (drums) add lush textures to each song.
Shirk sent me a rough mix of “The Only King” and not leaking it early was excruciating. I’m fairly certain that Jill Andrews was sent from heaven. That song has the capacity to bring you damn near to tears for no apparent reason. I’ve been sick with anticipation to hear the rest and there’s not a weak track in the bunch.
Besides Jill’s vocals, highlights for me are Tom’s pedal steel throughout the session and the delicate nature of Sam Quinn’s voice on “I Can’t Sleep.” The Everybodyfields session introduced me to several tracks that aren’t on their latest album, so I was forced to pick up Plague of Dreams and Half-Way There. Digging into their song catalog has been a contemplative pleasure.
It was truly an honor to have this band stop in the studio. The Everybodyfields are true professionals with loads of talent. We didn’t get much info on the set list, so if anyone knows where “Gun,” “Mardi Gras,” and “City Noise” came from, I’d be interested in finding out.
While I’m on the subject of live sessions, also check out Joe Pug’s live session on I PIck My Nose.