Sometimes things just work out nicely. About a year ago MJM composer/arranger Ian Davis was booking an acoustic European tour with singer Katie Vogel and their band Relatives. I had recently done a few gigs with some very fine Irish musicians who were accompanying Chelsea Crowell on her US tour. One of those fine gentlemen, Colm O Herlihy, is a very kind and talented guy who made a lot of connections for Ian and Katie in Ireland and a great time was had by all.
That relationship is continuing to bear fruit: Colm just launched a label, MDR Recordings and signed Relatives as one of their first acts. However, Ian and Katie were in the midst of production on a new EP which wouldn’t be finished in time for their Irish tour, so they approached me about recording a stripped down, acoustic duo album.
We set up shop for two days in Katie’s living room - just four mics, a gut string guitar, and two voices - and spent a few hours cutting four tunes. That EP, The Signs That Mock Me As I Go, was released this week on MDR Recordings and Ian and Katie are touring Ireland again this month.