The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the Ned Evett “Glass Guitar” Album Release Party at 5:30pm Thursday, Sept. 15. “Glass Guitar” will be available for purchase at the party. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.
ABOUT NED EVETT AND ‘GLASS GUITAR’
Ned Evett is following up his acclaimed 2012 album “Treehouse” (produced by Adrian Belew) with “Glass Guitar,” an epic 12-song set of rock/Americana/blues featuring Ned’s trademark glass-necked fretless guitars. Much of the album was written by Evett touring across America, Europe and Southeast Asia promoting “Treehouse.”
“This album was written in the jungle, tested in the desert, and recorded very quickly,” Evett says.
The song subjects range from the detailed war heroes of “Greatest Generation” to the kinetic future-folk of “Robot’s Daughter.” Many of the songs, such as “Golden Gate,” the true story of Ned’s first fretless glass-necked guitar, are already fan favorites.
The basic tracks were recorded at Audio Lab Recording Studio by Steve Fulton and Pat Storey, chasing down the classic sound of 1950s-era Nashville.
“We used a lot of room mics and bleed to get that immediacy, and limited ourselves to one or two takes of each performance,” Evett says.
Overdubs for Ned’s electric glass guitars were done at Upstairs Studios, Los Angeles, with a feel intended to achieve the sound of a live band playing in the studio.
“The secret is recording two or three complete lead guitar takes per song, then choosing the best performance; more takes than that and it starts to sound too slick,” Evett says. “My East Nashville days served me well sticking to this approach, plus putting an album out yourself means you’re always watching the clock!”
Todd Chavez contributes cajon and percussion to the album.
“Todd makes his own cajons with a patented curved top, so he can hit harder without bloodying his hands. They have a big sound and he played the parts perfectly as well,” Evett says.
Evett also played the bass guitar and piano on the album.
“I like performing bass and piano parts in the studio, you can really get inside the arrangement and lock in with simple parts,” he says.
Veteran Los Angeles musician George Bernardo plays vibes, adding a layer of dreamy sophistication to “Right This Time Around.”
A second volume of “Glass Guitar” is expected out in 2017.