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Hellish Project


Martin Stephenson (left) on the porch with Jim Hornsby

English guitarist Martin Stephenson named his new album Hell’s Half Acre, the nickname of the area around Midland North Carolina where he recorded. Contrary to the reputation this region gained in the 1930s for the rough crowd attracted there by moonshine producers, Stephenson found the atmosphere idyllic enough to play on the porch and in the kitchen at Ramseur Records owner Dolph Ramseur’s home. Here, Stephenson and fellow guitarist Jim Hornsby are captured with a SoundField MKV mic.