An awful lot of bluegrass bands use the time between Thanksgiving and New Years to either work on new material, or concentrate on holiday themed shows. People get into the Christmas mood, and venues and audiences alike want to focus on that spirit.
For Feller & Hill, it’s time to work in the studio on a project they have been wanting to pursue since they first got together in 2012, an all-Gospel album. They says it will combine their twin passions for traditional bluegrass Gospel, as well as Souther Gospel music.
Most of the material has been chosen, with only a few more to be considered. Tom Feller tells us that this next album will also serve as the launch for a record label of their own.
“When we set up our record table, countless folks have asked where our Gospel CD is….assuming that we must have one. I explain that we’ve only been touring for a couple of years and that we only have two CD’s out with a couple of Gospel selections on each. We still get that look of confusion from time to time. We’ve been planning this project since our formation, but are just now getting the opportunity to put it all together. We are so excited to take our love for Gospel music and share it with the world.Chris and I are tracking all the arrangements ourselves, as on our first two projects. We’ll likely stick with the same studio players (Steve Thomas, Mike Cleveland, Glenn Gibson, and Jon Rigsby) that we’ve been using on our projects. They are all first-class, easy to work with, and seem to enjoy helping to create our music.
We never dreamed that our original vision for a good recording project would turn into a musical venture that has taken us around the world or that our music receiving worldwide airplay. Knowing that we built this on our own just reinforces the idea that we must be doing something right.
Starting our own record label seems like an obvious choice. We own our studio; we successfully launched our first two projects using many of our own ideas and resources; we own the masters to those projects; we are getting a considerable amount of attention and interest from other artists about our business…..I think it’s the right move for us at this time.”
They expect to be able to finish the Gospel CD soon, and have it available for release in March, 2015. We’re sure to hear more in the next few months.