The Everybodyfields

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I’ve been searching for another Everybodyfields for quite some time now. And while, Mandolin Orange trend more towards Appalachian folk as opposed to straight up twang, it hits right between the eyes like The Everybodyfields always did. Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin’s voices feel so right together, like they were meant to never be apart.

This Side of Jordan is their third album and first with Yep Roc. I had the first couple and enjoyed them both, but neither resonated with him like this one. The lead single, Cavalry is a goose-bump inducing track. Inspired by the Lord of The Rings trilogy; it is told from the perspective of the soldier’s loyal sidekick – their horse. I don’t know if it is because I love these books and movies, but this song gets me every last time. When, Frantz joins in with Marlin for the chorus, it is heartbreaking stuff.

Marlin and Frantz effortlessly take the lead from each other on tracks. The other always lending each other the perfect harmony without stepping on the other’s toes. The Doorman has Frantz taking the lead and it is another doozy of a track.

It’s always nice to see a band come out of nowhere to kill it on their first album. Its more enjoyable for me to watch a band grow and put out a killer album 3 or 4 albums into their career. Mandolin Orange have done that and you would be remiss in not adding This Side Of Jordan to your collection.

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It’s easy to say Sam Quinn’s music is sad. When you dive below the surface, however, you’ll find beauty in his melancholy and heart on his sleeves approach to writing music.

At this point in my life, I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been married to a wonderful and beautiful woman for 12 years, I have three great kids, and live in the suburbs. I’m the god-damned American dream, but like most everybody else, I have had my heart broken. Listening to The Fake That Sunk 1,000 Ships takes me back to some traumatic days moping around a dorm room or apartment doing lord knows what to ease the pain. It’s a bit uncomfortable to revisit.

Quinn delivers ten true country tunes on his solo debut complete with steel, fiddle, and the sort. Some of the tunes that continue to stand out for me are “Late The Other Night, “Mardi Gras,” and “Gun”- a favorite of mine since our Live Session with The Everybodyfields.

While I still hold out hope that Andrews and Quinn find their way back to The Everybodyfields at some point, each of their solo work is doing more than enough to soften the blow.

Sam Quinn + Japan Ten – Suite Motown

Sam Quinn – Mardi Gras (HearYa Live Session version)

San Quinn – Gun (HearYa Live Session version)

Video: Sam Quinn + Japan Ten – Hello

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Jill Andrews, Live Session #73

by Shirk on June 17, 2010

Jill Andrews

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.

Jill Andrews Intro

Exclusive: Jill Andrews – A Little Less (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Jill Andrews – Sweetest In The Morning

Exclusive: Jill Andrews – These Words

Exclusive: Jill Andrews – Worth Keeping (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Download the Jill Andrews Live Session as a zip file.

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.

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sam quinn

Sam Quinn is set to release his first solo album, The Fake That Sank 1,000 Ships, on May 11th via Ramseur Records (a HearYa label fav). We are digesting a promo copy of the album as we speak and it’s a devastatingly beautiful batch of sad songs. Quinn Put it best: “Pop songs are chemically engineered to make you feel great. ‚ These ones take a slightly different approach.”

Woody and I exchanged IM’s about the album and it went something like this:

Woody: Did you listen to Sam Quinn yet?
Oz: Not yet. Is it sad?
Woody: It’s not happy, that’s for damn sure. The pedal steel sweeping through each tune is enough to bring you to tears.
Woody: I want to get lost in his beard.
Oz: No shit. That thing is amazing. He looks like the lion from The Wizard of Oz. He makes Dan Auerbach look like Pee Wee Herman.
Oz: I think there’s a family of sparrows nesting in there somewhere.

The beard talk continued from there, but we should be ready to discuss the music on the album very soon. Before The Everybodyfields broke up we got a taste of Sam’s solo work in “Mardi Gras” and “Gun” in our HearYa Live Session with The Everybodyfields. Sam and Ramseur Records were also gracious enough to offer “Suite Motown” from the album to y’all.

Sam Quinn – Suite Motown

From the HearYa Live Session with The Everybodyfields:

Sam Quinn – Mardi Gras

Sam Quinn – Gun

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The Everybodyfields bid us farewell.

June 6, 2009

The Everybodyfields posted this letter on their website. The abbreviated version is “Thanks. We’re done. Come out and see our solo projects.” Dear friends, We have had such a blast playing for all of you in the past five or more years.‚  We have slept on your couches, floors, patches of grass, and the occasional […]

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15 Albums We’re Looking Forward To In 2009

December 31, 2008

The artwork above was found at Colorcubic, an ultra-hip design firm that handles multimedia, print, branding, etc. This poster will be made available in their online store. We may say good riddance to 2008 as a nation, but as we posted our top 50 albums of 2008, it was easy to reflect on an amazing […]

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HearYa Live Session 35: The Everybodyfields

November 25, 2008

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, […]

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Chicago Concert: The Everybodyfields, Samantha Crain Tonight at The Double Door

October 17, 2008

The Everybodyfields are coming into the studio today for a live session before a show later tonight at The Double Door. They’ll be sharing the stage with Katie Herzig, McCarthy Trenching and HearYa Live Session alum, Samantha Crain.‚  Looks like tickets are $10 for a great night of folk music. Don’t let the image above […]

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