I was fortunate enough this past week to be a part of the fantastic writing retreat known as Gordie Sampson Song Camp. Led by Gordie himself, along with a handful of Nova Scotian writing vets, the camp invites a wealth of young talent from across our province to the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, Cape Breton for four intense days of writing and performing. Each day, each writer attends a group co-writing session in the morning and the afternoon, working with a different group every time. No group is the same and no genre is off-limits. In the evening, all groups perform the songs they’ve come up with, for the benefit of the producers of the camp, including myself, where we select our favourites from the day and spend the rest of the night recording demos of the songs. And when I say “the rest of the night” I mean it! It was full-on for four days, culminating in a ticketed, public showcase Thursday night of all the best songs from the week. It was an incredible experience with some amazing young talent that I’m certain you will all hear from soon!
Some other sounds you’ll be hearing soon include Ian Janes, who’s record we finished mixing last month. Recorded between here and Nashville, the record has some monster playing on it, including Kim Dunn on keys, and Ian himself is no slouch with a telecaster. Look out for that one! You can also get your hands on Tyler Messick’s new record now, mixed here at the ‘Yard.
If you missed the Shotgun Jimmie release, here’s an interview with some insight into working with Joel Plaskett as a producer.