In March & October 2017, two lineups of the Hot Club of Hawthorne went into the various studios of Fremont Recording — two very different sonic environments — and performed live in the studio; it was mixed to tape for an organic sound. The result is a diverse collection of tracks, presented just as it was performed: no overdubs or post-production alterations, other than EQ and compression.
One session, recorded in a compact basement studio, included an expanded lineup of 7 musicians:
Jeffree White (founder) — guitar, vocals
Jason Reichert (Down Home Music, the Juleps) — guitar, vocals
Rick King (Steer Crazy, Inspirational Beets) — guitar, vocals
Jeffrey Reynolds (Down Home Music) — violin
Steve Cleveland (Hot Club Time Machine) — accordion
Ralph Carney (Tom Waits, Pepper — clarinet, saxophone
Drew Nelson (Vagabond Opera) — bass
The other session featured standard instrumentation for the Hot Club: two guitars, violin, upright bass:
Jeffree White — guitar, vocals
Twayn Williams (Jenny Finn Orchestra, Hot Club Du Jour) — guitar
We played outside the Schnitz last summer to a large crowd as part of Portland'5's Noontime Showcase (which plays earlier in the day before Music on Main St. concerts). We were a large band, including clarinet, violin, mandolin, and melodica in addition to the usual two guitars and upright bass. Note, the intro lasts one minute before music begins.