A few months ago our drummer Daniel Nash left our 8 pice band with some pretty big shoes to fill. Luckily our keyboard player Kent Halvorsen just so happens to be an incredible drummer! Kent stepped up to the challenge and learned all the songs again on drums! This would be pretty tough for just about anyone, if you haven’t seen the band in a while, you may not realize Kent is totally killing it. After getting over the initial excitement of our new lineup, there was a new set of shoes that needed filling. Keyboards in a large group are funny like that. What I mean to say is they can be subtle and powerful like so many good things in life. Sarah reminded me that her brother Dan Schmidt plays keys so I called him up and he was into it! Now, in a total round-a-bout musical chairs kind-of way we’re back to our original instrumentation. Not to mention we really are a family band– how cool is that!? Heres to the Northwest music scene and family!
Happy 4th of July!
The LA session was great! Norman and I got all the songs outlined with Jarrod’s help, then Ben our amazing engineer / producer had his friend Adam come to the studio and lay down some really tasty drumming. Sarah and I will be able to record vocals up here in Bothell at TJ’s studio as soon as we get the tracks. I’m really excited about how things are turning out! What was surprising to me was Margaret’s home in Burbank…
I know its hard to tell from the picture but seriously.. this house was 1/4 the size of her childhood home in Everett.. It’s kinda creepy to know what happened here. A little part of me wanted to go knock on the door… do the people living here today have any idea the history of this place?
Heres some more shots from our Trip:
The Margaret Rucker show in Everett was amazing! A one of a kind story was told to a sold out show at the Historic Theater and a good portion of them ended up in a late night candle light procession to the Rucker tomb. Writing the songs for that show was also amazing. We voluntarily became historians in order to make this art. It was one of those “never say never” moments for sure! We visited Margaret’s childhood home in Everett while we were writing the songs to try to wrap our heads around what it must have been like for her as a child growing up there in the teens and 20′s. Well, take a look:
It certainly wasn’t as tough as it was for some people right?! As the story goes Margaret, a UW student and a published Poet married and moved to Burbank, Ca with her husband and 2 children. They lived there for several years when one day, her husband (who we think may have been suffering from ptsd) shot him self to death in the living room after commenting to Margaret about the validity of his work.. yikes.. Heavy stuff..
We focused on the Everett / youthful side of her life.. it was a little brighter and maybe a little easier to relate to being that Sarah lives on Rucker Hill and I grew up here close by as well. What’s really exciting is I found her old Burbank, Ca address in the scrapbook and tomorrow I’m flying to LA with our bassist Norman Baker to see it first hand. Then to complete this crazy project we’ll be meeting up with our drummer Jarrod Keith for a recording session later in the day at the 206 studios! I’m so excited. I’ll keep you posted.
April 11th Sarah and I will be performing a duo set as Mts. & Tunnels! Recently, a mysterious scrapbook was uncovered from a dumpster in California. As it turns out, this scrapbook was all about the life of one of Everett, Washington’s founding daughters Margret Rucker. We have studied the scrapbook and wrote 2 songs about Margaret to perform at the Everett Historic Theater. The event was organized by Jason Webley and features a cast of great local performers. Hope to see you there!
Hey, I heard your buddy has a sweet new stereo in his ride. . .
This is really cool! We start @ around 11 minutes. All the mystery is gone.
Check out our sweet new stop-motion video for “Bring it on”! The song is from our album Mts + Tunnels (available on iTunes)
Hello, It’s Chris, I spent a lot of time at that table writing music this summer. According to the wind, rain and power outages fall is in full swing! So for now, band related activities will revolve more around recording. (assuming the power is on)
I’m also looking to book a solo acoustic tour of Mts. & Tunnels songs this winter. The tour will be west coast San Diego, LA, San Francisco, Davis, Arcata, Eugene, Portland, Seattle.. you get the picture.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate the input! I’ll update as things progress!
Last month Brian Black and I recorded an acoustic version of one of the new Mts. tunes called “Chance”. This was filmed at a park in Seattle you can click the picture and watch it on Youtube!
Thanks to our good friend Nikki, we just played a sweet house party in NE Portland, last weekend! Make sure to check out Adam Brock. His band the Adam Brock 4 opened the night up in excellent form! Thanks for your support more to come soon, stay tuned!