this old way finished!

I’m excited about all of the recent progress many of my bands have been making on getting some nice recordings finished up — it’s great to finally have a whole bunch of good demos for many of these projects. The newest of these demos to be released is This Old Way by bluegrass/funk band Ethan Robbins & Cold Chocolate and can be streamed and downloaded here.

We started working on this recording way back in October — we took a little trip up to VT to record at Ethan’s parents lake house, right on Lake Champlain. It was really nice to get out of Boston for a weekend and just focus on tracking (though it meant a ton of work for Ariel, who once again played drums, recorded, mixed, and mastered the album). We got four of the tracks recorded that weekend, and originally only planned on having those tunes on the demo, but then we won some free recording time, which allowed us to record a fifth tune (though it delayed the release a little bit). As of today, all five tracks are done, though we still have a little work ahead of us to get some physical copies made…

Cold Chocolate has been sounding really great recently, and it’s exciting to finally have a recording that features everyone who’s currently in the band, as well as some of the newer tunes and arrangements. All the songs are written by Ethan, and then put together by the band — we do a mix of bluegrass and funk on guitar, upright bass, banjo, and drums. In June, we’re taking over the Kristen Ford Band residency at Sally O’Brien’s while Kristen is away on tour, so there’ll be lots of opportunities to pick up the EP in person in the near future!

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