Your friend, and ours, Heather Smith of Bone and Bell made the journey down to Rock Island, Illinois last year to record a Daytrotter Session in their recording studio lovingly titled The Horseshack.
These daytrotters approach music, and recording in a new and interesting way. Located between cities on an often traveled path, The Horseshack has become a hot spot for a touring band to stop for a few hours. Daytrotter’s approach is simple, record 4 songs live to tape and move on. There are no overdubs, no studio trickery, no massive mixdown sessions, just an honest recording of musicians performing live.
Bone and Bell’s Daytrotter Session is no exception. Heather, alone with her baritone ukulele, ran through favorites Sweet Queen Regina, Death of The Caspian Sea, and The Lights. She then moved over to the piano for Counting Pennies.
Daytrotter is an advertising free membership site that costs a merely $2 a month. With that membership you get access to thousands of unique Daytrotter Sessions, unlimited HD streaming to your web browser or mobile device, free session downloads, and access to Daytrotter Barnstormer concert videos. Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry, Illustration based on a photo by Kristy Ralston.
Once we decided that we were going to have bands perform in the garden at our annual summer bash, our first thoughts went to Bone and Bell. Heather’s incredible voice and baritone ukulele danced off of the flowers and fruit of the garden as they sparkled in the glow of the party lights. The session, which was streamed live over the internet, was lovingly mastered by Mr. Matt Engstrom, and filmed by Mr. Thomas Banks.