Two new Buster Dilly players Asheville-bound


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Asheville-bound this weekend to add four more tunes to the Girl with Slingshot album. On the set list: Damn Strange Thing, Count to Eight, Butterflies or Whiskey, and Girl with Slingshot.

Proud to introduce to two more Buster Dilly players to the mix. Returning Buster Dillys are bassist Andrew Lazare and organist Dave McCracken from the St. Patty’s Day show.

Greg Griffith
Greg Griffith, producer. He’s celebrating a big success this year with the recent release of Amy Ray’s new record. The former Indigo Girls front woman set out to create a distinctive record with a new sound and picked Greg for the year-long job. He’s a junkie for pure music sounds played on old instruments in fresh new ways. Greg has also produced a number of records for far more impressive artists than myself. And I’m not doing the self-deprecated thing when I say that. I’m just saying, the boy’s got talent. Bassist Andrew Lazare calls him Russell Crowe for his beautiful mind, minus the schizophrenia, of course.

Tim Haisman
Tim Haisman, percussion. Tim has a “been there, done that, don’t need to brag about it” countenance about him. It’s like he’s rocked enough concert halls and tore up enough roads to truly appreciate the quiet. Maybe you could also attribute that air about him to the cool, serene surroundings of his country-home studio just outside of Greensboro. Evidence of his rock and roll days touring with Leadfoot, a successful southern group founded by ex-metal band members “Corrosion of Conformity” is heard only humble mentions–when pressed. These days, Tim teaches percussion 2112 Rock School, is likely the finest percussion teacher you could find for his real life music experience and intricate understanding of rhythm. In rehearsal the last three weeks, I watched in awe as Greg whittled out rhythms from Tim’s drum selections as the two collaborated and connected. Tim is simply one of those who “feels” and speaks music like a real pro.

Sealed with about 500 pieces of scotch tape


Deliver the letter, the sooner the better

A letter of intent

That’s one cheap, unlickable envelope. It took three pieces of scotch tape to close that thing up.

Addressed and stamped twice because stamp prices change faster than gas prices these days. What’s it up to, now, like $5 a stamp? Licked, taped, and stamped in doubles and triples because I want to make sure this letter gets all the way up there to Echo Mountain Recorders in Asheville.

This little envelope with enclosed check and hand-written letter reserves a studio spot in early May at Echo Mountain for Molly McGinn & the Buster Dillys. The Asheville-based studio, built inside an old church, is yet another one of North Carolina’s best kept secrets. For its quality technology and archive of ancient instruments that no software or plug-in could ever duplicate, an impressive list of musicians have made Echo mountain a short-term home for recording proejcts.

Among the list of musicians who have fiddled with the studio’s antique instruments and amps:

The Avett Brothers
Lo-Fi Breakdown
Smashing Pumpkins
Amy Ray

Now I’m wondering. Should I have stamped it four times? Just in case?