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John Agnello (left) and Jay Farrar
Jay Farrar returned to his St. Louis studio to record the first Son Volt album since the 1998 release, Wide Swing Tremolo. For his fourth project (label to be determined), Farrar installed Web cameras in the main tracking room and iso booth, allowing fans to watch sessions live via his Website, www.jayfarrar.net. “The cameras shoot stills every five seconds,” Farrar explains. John Agnello engineered the album, which features a new studio lineup of Brad Rice (guitar), Andrew Duplantis (bass), Eric Heywood (pedal steel) and Dave Bryson (drums). “This album is more up-tempo and melodic,” says Farrar. “Definitely more so than [my 2001 solo album] Sebastapol.”
From L to R: Emanuel’s Mat Barber and Bryan Whiteman, engineer Brian Haulter, bandmembers Matt Breen and Anthony Brock, and engineer Chris Greenwell at Downtown Recording
Emo band Emanuel recorded and mixed two songs for a pre-release EP at Downtown Recording in Louisville, Ky. Their Vagrant Records debut drops in early 2005.