“Seven Hour Storm” – first blog entry on the journey
We can barely contain our excitement as we plan the next steps towards our newest and biggest project yet! Misner & Smith are now embarking on our fourth full length album, Seven Hour Storm. Packed with NEW original music and crafted carefully, we are pulling out all the stops on this project.
As some of you already know, we began our musical partnership after being cast in a production of the musical, Woody Guthrie’s American Song in 2004. That experience became the backdrop of our first notes together. As we sang in harmony during the show we realized our vocal blend was a special one, beyond the everyday, we felt lucky to have found each other and the sound we discovered began to take shape in our own music. But Woody Guthrie’s influence is always present in what we strive to accomplish with our own work, songs that tell stories, filled with hope, in universal themes.
Now we find ourselves in another production of this same show and filled with all the same inspiration as before. Performing this piece in one of the best acoustic halls in the country, The Freight & Salvage. Working with some of our favorite artists on this show and in our humble opinion, singing some of the best songs ever written.
Photo by: Ray Chavez Mercury News
We cannot think of a better time to announce the beginning of our journey on this our fourth and newest musical offering:
Seven Hour Storm!
And we’ve already begun the recording process! Though this album will be a long term project, due out in early spring of 2013, we are not wasting any time in getting a good start. We will be working with Sound Engineer Bruce Kaphan who has worked with well-known artists such as David Byrne, The Black Crows, Camper Van Beethoven, R.E.M., and Sheryl Crow. And Jeff Kazor, well known for his work with The Crooked Jades, among many others will produce the album. We have already had a handful of ‘pre-production’ sessions in the studio with great success! The idea behind this album is to push ourselves musically and by making an album with more musicians and a producer, etc… we hope to position ourselves for the next stage of our career as Misner & Smith. But never fear, we are all very aware that we want to keep true to the sound that we’ve developed over the last eight years.
So, as we dive into this new endeavor, we hope you’ll follow along! We’ll be posting installments about our journey through this new album on our blog, Misner & Smith Music about our progress, thoughts, and feelings throughout this process. This is our most challenging project yet and we’re excited to tell you the story! Here’s a little taste of the title track in it’s earliest form,
Seven Hour Storm…