When The Everybodyfields shared a pedal steel laced full-band arrangement of‚ “The Only King” during their HearYa Live Session nearly two years ago, they made big fans out of us.‚ More impressive than the band and the new song arrangements, was the power, control, and purity that I heard in Jill Andrew’s voice on that day.‚ It was a very special session as I realized that Jill is one of the finest vocalists I’ve ever hosted in my studio.
Eighteen months later, The Everybodyfields are no longer together, Jill Andrews has a baby boy, a husband, a new EP, and a blossoming solo career. We were lucky to catch her and sideman, Josh Oliver, for an acoustic HearYa session during their April stop in Chicago.
The session begins with a new, unreleased song that has never been recorded entitled “A Little Less.”‚ Enjoy this little masterpiece.‚ Since we recorded Jill’s session in April, I’ve listened to the rough mix of‚ the song about 100 times.‚ I’m still not tired of it. Jill has written a winner and I’m thrilled with how the recording came out.‚ Around the 4:20 mark, we even get a little visit from the mysterious CB Radio that has haunted my studio for over two years.‚ Luckily, Jill and Josh thought it sounded cool (*See footnote).
Next Jill and Josh ran through a powerful trio of songs from her recent EP including “Sweetest In The Morning,” “These Words,” and “Worth Keeping.” Very little adjustment was required once the session was underway.‚ Jill and Josh do a tremendous job at balancing themselves and using expressive microphone techniques to keep things dynamic.‚ I was the only one in the control room on this session and enjoyed sitting back, cranking the volume a bit and letting the music take me away, opening my eyes only occasionally to watch my arm hair stand on end.
Once we finished tracking the session, Jill shared a few new songs.‚ She hadn’t recorded demos of them yet and it was fun to hear she and Josh work through the arrangements.‚ Perhaps when her full-length album is released, we’ll be able to share these demos with you.‚ Until then, they’re in the vault.
Following the recording process, we all sat around the control room and talked about her new music, life on the road with and without a baby, married life and her musical life without Sam Quinn and The Everybodyfields.‚ As I later dug into mixing these tunes, the lyrics would often take me back to the conversation we had that day.‚ It was impossible for me not to try to piece these song lyrics together with all of the changes that she’s been through in the past year. I think this is one of the strongest acoustic HearYa sessions we’ve done to date. Jill’s talent as a singer/ songwriter is undeniable.
Video: Jill Andrews – A Little Less
Video: Jill Andrews – Worth Keeping
* Please excuse the CB Radio interference that cuts into Josh’s guitar amp in “Little Less” (yes, we ran his acoustic into the fender vibrolux).‚ I’ve been hearing that same voice swear and scream into his CB radio and into my control room speakers for over two years, thinking it was some disturbed cab driver with a hopped up radio.‚ Not until this particular interruption did I decide to take action. I spotted a blue GMC truck with the 10 foot antenna out the window, so I left the driver a note and offered to buy him a case of beer if he would not talk on his CB when he drives around my building.‚ So far it’s working. Thanks for being cool, Loud CB Radio Guy in the blue GMC …and for not even asking for the beer in exchange.‚ I’ve since adopted the policy of buying beer for people to get things done. There is no better reasonably priced bargaining tool.‚ Today it got my HVAC fixed.