I’ve loved music as far back as I can remember. Can’t play a lick of anything, but my absence of talent is balanced by my passion as a fan. Over the course of the last two years, I have learned more about music than in the past 25+ years due to hanging out with our esteemed producer, Steve Shirk. Steve always talks about the importance of a good rhythm section and how it forms the foundation of a band’s sound. That was at the forefront of my mind while watching Blind Pilot perform in studio.
I had seen Blind Pilot twice already in April and experiencing them live only enhanced my love for their amazing debut, Three Rounds and A Sound. It’s easy to get caught up in Isreal Nebeker’s amazing lyrics, silky vocals and the wistful feeling of Blind Pilot’s music. Their sound is so effortless that it’s easy to lose sight of the spectacular work of rhythm section, led by Ryan Dombrowski. Watching them live in the studio really made me take notice and Ryan doesn’t miss a beat – nothing fancy but not a note missed. Add Luke on the stand up bass and they become the backbone of the band, allowing the band to strut their stuff.
Much like their HearYa Live Session predecessors, The Love Language, we were aided by a touch of Maker’s Mark that smoothed out a bump along the way. That might end up becoming our trademark. For Blind Pilot fans out there, you’ll be pleased to find some fresh sounds in these familiar tracks with the addition of an added banjo and trumpet. I hope you enjoy this session as much as I do.
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