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 Grinders): 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
Flauren Ricketts (Lulu's Wing, Rain or Shine): violin, harmony vocals
Bernardo Gomez (every swing band in town): bass
Brud Giles engineered, mixed, and mastered, as well as sponsored the endeavor through Fremont Recording.
14 songs were captured, including swing numbers from 1922 or earlier, gypsy traditionals, a Brazilian choro standard, and a waltz:
Sheik of Araby
Some of These Days
St. Louis Blues
World is Waiting for the Sunrise
Check this post, or the music page, later for details on how to buy the album as a CD or digital downloads!
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.