We recorded this track for a film project that was put on the back burner for the time being. We dig it so much that we thought we’d just throw it out there for y’all.
Recorded at John Baker’s studio, The Arbor, with John Baker and Gray Comer at the board, “Take Me Back to Happy Valley” is a traditional bluegrass tune, and original recordings of the song fall squarely within that genre with banjo, mandolin, and quick tempo. For comparison, The Bailey Brothers/Happy Valley Boys recorded a version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdvp_CqMV8k).
We decided to turn the song on it’s head a bit. We slowed it down significantly, put it in a minor key, and used mostly low-end instrumentation. Susan played Bass (and sang), Tim played Bass VI, Chris played percussion, and we brought in guests: Daniel Kimbro played bowed upright Bass, and Greg Horne played a long-scale Banjo borrowed from John Harvey and Mary Podio at Top Hat Studio.
What we came up with sounds more like a murder ballad.
So, listen, download, and enjoy our year’s end gift for you.
Here’s to a rockin’ 2016 for us all!
~ Tim, Susan & Chris