It’s been a long time in the making and I don’t remember exactly when we started. I do remember it was in the later, cold part of 2013. I also know they’ve really found themselves since we first started on preproduction.
Grassland String Band is fronted by Michael Lesousky who was heart broken when we first crossed paths and it was evident in the demos we tracked at the pond house in Jefferson. However, this new set of songs that were recorded between Chase Park Transduction, Studio 1093 and the pond house capture a healthy (14 tracks) glimpse of better days to come and an enlightened understanding of the past which aligns with Micheal’s reunion with a long time lover. The eclectic group of songs reflect the family-band essence of this unexpected group of friends.
The album features both up-and-coming Athenian musicians and some long time staples. Jody Daniels (banjo/vox) & Matt McLain have been playing together for as long as Michael Lesousky (lead vox) has been alive. Their seemingly old time harmonies adds their developed sound that only comes from years of experience together. Their dynamic in the studio would make anyone want a life long best friend. John Neff marked the album with his slide playing, Clay Leverett makes a single song appearance (Working Man Blues) and I believe Adam Poulin settled into being a proper comrade by the time we were done tracking all of his fiddle. It’s all held down by Nathan Elder (bass) and Todd Ferguson (drums). The album also includes an appearance by Jody’s daughter Leanne Michelle (vox – Driving this Car) and Liesel Haldane (sitar – Indian Lover).
This album was created using some of Athens best resources: basic tracks recorded between Chase Park Transduction and Studio 1093 while delving into some of the most humble spots with overdubs taking place in my bathroom. This album represents tons of work from everyone involved and was mastered by John Keane of Athens.
On August 30, 2014 at The Melting Point in Athens, directly after the UGA / Clemson game, GSB will release their debut album “Before the Feast”. We are all invited to partake in the fruits of their labor.