This Album was recorded in May 2013 at Slipped Disc Studios in Ashland VA. The entire album was recorded live without tracking and little effect used in the mixes. One guitar was used, a Martin Custom purchased that morning due to a major malfunction in Spencer's guitar the night before. The owner of Slipped Disc, Bill McElroy ran the board, set up for, recorded, mixed, and mastered all the songs. Bill teaches at the university in Ashland VA. and has been producing records for somewhere around thirty years. He is well known for his work with bluegrass stars The Seldom Scene. His expertise was sought out due to his experience in recording all live without tracking.
Spencer arrived a bit late with the new guitar and sat down close to 1:30 pm to begin recording. Bill had set up three mikes, one for vocals and two for the guitar. After some adjustments to the levels, Spencer began playing. Performing multiple takes of most of the songs and one take of a couple like Without You, Spencer stood up to leave about 7:30 pm having taken only short breaks to sip on something warm. Rain storms had come and gone during the session and as Spencer stepped outside to leave, the sun was beginning to go down, piercing the great grey nimbus clouds heading west.
The songs on Dragonfly Season are a collection of older and newer songs that Spencer had been performing out live. Most had never been recorded before. Several songs had been a long time coming to see the light in this format having been performed live for years without being recorded such as Refugees Rebuke. The major difference in this album from others that you will hear is that it was all recorded live and without effect. Bad notes were left in, as well as some missed vocals. Try and see if you can spot where.
The reason for recording in this fashion was due to the fact that Spencer was leaving the following morning to embark on a national solo tour to California and back. Performing without a band in over 28 shows in eight states, he felt that he had to have something that showed what he sounded like live , acoustic, and in the moment.
A lot of feeling and labor went into these songs. As much as the artist could pour into them. Admittedly, Spencer is known as a live performer and the feeling of his live sessions is arguably not matched by recordings. Though the songs are a bit outside of a particular genre, listen closely you will find that these songs are not the efforts of a beginner or a hobbyist.
Please keep in mind that the efforts here represent several decades of practice and diligence in music. With the availability provided by the internet of a world of free material, it is easy to devalue in our own mind the cost and labor that goes into writing and recording songs. Not to mention the large expense. Please consider that effort and expense when listening. If you are unable to make a purchase, please keep in mind that interest and support is what makes the music possible. Sharing with friends, visiting the website, and communicating with the artist are all much appreciated.
The Album cover was designed by Josh Moore's WiseEyesSolutions in Richmond VA. search him online for quotes. www.wiseeyessolutions.com
"Thank you to everyone who has ever supported and inspired me to continue to do what it is I do. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do this!"
released 25 November 2013
All songs written and performed by Spencer Scholes. All rights reserved 2013