Recording has officially wrapped on a new 6-track EP by Carolinabound, the folk band project of singer/songwriter Chris Smith. Smith spent the better part of the last two years touring the southeast as a solo act. Longing to expand his sound, he hired bassist Jeremy Blake in 2014 to play shows as a duo, which gave him the bug to record a new album with a full-band sound.
Smith contacted producer Michael O’Shea and spent the month of December 2014 in O’Shea’s personal studio fleshing out his singer/songwriter material to a full band sound with the help of a small cast of guest musicians. Since Smith had played hundreds of shows live over the past few years, O’Shea wanted to capture a very live and organic sound that was authentic to his live show. So they first recorded audio and video of Smith playing guitar and singing at the same, and they used exclusively these continuous takes of the whole song on the album.
They then layered Smith’s touring bassist Jeremy Blake underneath those takes.
The EP is called Smoking Gun and will be released on Seven Moths Records on March 10, 2015.