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There’s something very special about making music with a good friend, someone you’ve clocked in a lot of time with. There’s a trust that’s established that frees you up to just do what you do, to create with no need to explain yourself, or worry if the other person gets it or not. There’s a camaraderie that’s established where it’s been proven you have each other’s back. You can push each other to do better work because of the history you have and the friendship you’ve built. These are my favorite records to make, and that’s what I have with Jayson Belt.
We’ve performed, written, and recorded music together for years now. The culmination of this time is an ease and freedom in working together. Rarely does anything need to be explained or talked through. We just start writing, or playing, or tracking. It’s easy.
“Poor Penmanship” – Jayson’s debut solo album, is a reflection of that relationship. It’s a record that’s been in the works for a long time. It’s been put on the back burner a few times as life has brought different twists and turns – career changes, kids, moves, etc. But, it’s finally done and I think it’s a better record because of the wait.
A couple of thoughts about Jayson Belt…
Jayson is a power house of a vocalist, which is demonstrated on this record at times. But, what also is displayed are the more subtle textures of his vocal which deliver some of my favorite moments, such as “Adriatic”.
He is one of the most gifted lyricists I know. He can bring so much sarcasm and bite in a turn of phrase that you can’t help but laugh. He can emote in a subtle way without hitting you over the head. I’ve always marveled at how quickly he can pen a lyric to evoke just the right feeling.
Because of the span of time that this record was written and recorded over, we were a little concerned about how it would all fit together. But, listening to it now, it makes perfect sense to me. It reflects that span of time in it’s diversity and various influences, which I think brings interest to the record as a whole. It’s certainly a record I’m proud of from the songs to the performances, to its production and mixes. Making music with friends is one of things that I value most in this life and this record is certainly an example and a tribute to that.
‘Poor Penmanship’ Release Date: February 10, 2015
iTunes Pre-Release Available now!
We welcomed Sara Watkins to CatBeach Studio to put the final touches on Jayson Belt’s upcoming album – Poor Penmanship. Her beautiful vocals and fierce fiddle were the perfect companion to Greg Liesz’s dreamy pedal steel. Can’t wait for y’all to hear! Release date: Fall 2014!!!
This week we’re back in the studio with Aaron Sterling and Jonathan Ahrens, laying down bass and drums for an upcoming album with singer-songwriter, Jayson Belt. The project, titled “Poor Penmanship” coming at you soon soon soon! But for now…a few shots from inside today’s session.
The impeccable Greg Leisz joined producer Bobby Hartry today at CatBeach Studio to add his pedal steel touch to Casey Black’s upcoming release, ‘Lay You In The Loam.’
Check out the vid footage of Greg tracking ‘Smoke In My Eyes.’ (Drums & Vibes: Aaron Sterling, Bass: Jonathan Ahrens, Aco & Vox: Casey Black)
Leisz, who has also played with the likes of Ray Lamontagne, Paula Cole, Matthew Sweet, The Jayhawks, Beck, Wilco, Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Joe Cocker, Bon Iver, and John Mayer (just to name a few), is heading out on tour tomorrow with Bill Frissell. Thanks for sneaking in the quick session Greg!!
CatBeach Music is excited to share a steady collection of quality music from our friend-roster of topline artists. Here’s a brief update on what we’re up to….
Our first release, Daena Jay’s EP “When The Bough Breaks” will be closely followed up with a second Daena Jay collection. Bobby is currently in the studio working on a new project with local Long Beach faves, fielding, and is in production on
acclaimed songwriter, Casey Black’s fourth full-length album “Lay You In The Loam.” Next up, we are super happy to announce that we’ve been working with SoCal’s darling, Anna Nelson, on her first full length LP. Listen for these new releases beginning in Fall 2012.
We’ve got a few more things up our sleeves…but that’s all we’re sayen for now.