Chicagomuzik

I've got a whole city to hold down

January 26, 2005

Sound engineer's worst nightmare

From the Web site of Chicago expat songwriter Chris Mills: "I've just wrapped up the recording of what will hopefully be my 4th full length album. It was recorded in 3 days entirely live to 2-track tape with the 17+ piece City That Works Orchestra at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago."

Let's rewind and hear that again.

"It was recorded in 3 days entirely live to 2-track tape with the 17+ piece City That Works Orchestra at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago."

Sweet jeebus.

But back to Chris.

"I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. The album comprises 10 new original tunes by yours truly, with orchestral arrangements by my long time friend and pianist David Nagler. We haven't got a release date or final track order at the moment but hopefully it will make its way to you in some form or another later this year. It features many of the songs I've been doing live since the release of The Silver Line, as well as some tunes that haven't quite made it to the stage yet.

"Anyway, here is a rundown of who played on the session. I really can't think of a better way to spend a weekend than hanging out with these folks: David Nagler-piano, Ryan Hembrey-bass, Gerald Dowd-drums, Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello, Kelly Hogan-vocals, Nora O'Connor-vocals, Amy Cimiani-viola, Jen Clare Paulsen-violin, Susan Voelz-violin, Jay Pike-viola, David Max Crawford-trumpet, Patrick Newberry-trumpet, Nick Broste-trombone, Aram Shelton-alto saxaphone and clarinet, Nate LePine-tenor and baritone sax and flute, Deb Stevenson-oboe, Jason Adashevitz-percussion, Steve Dorocke-pedal steel, Gus Friedlander-electric guitar and banjo, Chris Mills-vocals and guitars."

"It might take a little time, but I'm excited for everyone to hear it."

And the poor guys at Wall to Wall are glad to have your ass gone.