why did you want to make this album at sam Phillips Recording service?
We recorded our last three albums at Ardent, another legendary Memphis studio. I loved those records, but it was time for a change. Plenty of great records have been made at Phillips, but mainly it was the room itself that made us want to record there. The way he had the building designed and built makes it a unique place with unique sounds.
Did the place change the songs at all?
We approached this record differently from the get-go. No preproduction. We just set up and I started playing guitar lines I’d written. We went with whatever seemed to work. Then I’d go home at night and put the pieces together and write lyrics. A lot of this LP was recorded live on the floor.
several of the songs on the record seem to be set in the past.
My songwriting in the past has been mainly autobiographical. On this record I focused more on a storytelling approach and wanted to work on the craft of songwriting. I wanted to write about lives other than mine. I’ve done it a couple of times in the past, but it’s still new to me. I think with this record I’m starting to get the hang of it.
Ben Nichols “A lot of this LP was recorded live on the floor”