Josh Shilling blog and Mountain Heart news

Josh Shilling sent us a copy of the latest piece for his D’Addario Strings blog. It appears that the Mountain Heart boys get to spend a week in the Caribbean next month. Tough duty!

He doesn’t mention it in his blog, but Mountain Heart has just been selected to perform at the Suwanee River Jam in April, along with Zac Brown Band, country music’s Best New Artist at the 2010 Grammies, and country/rock legend John Fogerty. It’s a big break for the band, and they are plenty stoked.

Here’s Josh…

I’m sitting in the A Room at Ocean Way studios in Nashville working on Mountain Heart’s new record. Our engineer is working on a rough mix of a song as I type. I sang a ton of harmonies this morning, and I just wrapped up some B3 organ overdubs on a few songs.

This studio used to be an enormous church so, as you can imagine, the rooms have ridiculous ceilings and acoustics…I’m pinching myself as I think about so many of the greats that have cut in this place. Mountain Heart has been touring some, but for the most part the last few weeks has been spent in the studio and for me personally, writing songs.

In the next few weeks, I’m writing with some of my faves. Guys like Bryan White (yes the country singer), Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio, and a known monster in Nashville, Marc Beeson. After all the writing and recording is over in February, Mountain Heart is heading out to Seattle for a couple of shows at the Wintergrass Festival.

Directly after returning home from Seattle, we’re all flying down to the Virgin Islands for a week where we’ll be crashing at a swank resort called The Buccaneer on the  island of St. Croix after our gigs. I lucked out and got to gig there last Spring, but this trip will be with the entire band so it should be freaking awesome. Until that nice dose of 70 degree temps comes, we’re gonna be bundled up and hunkered down in Nashville working on the record.

The next thing on the agenda as far as recording is concerned is a few acoustic guitar overdubs. I’m starring at my guitar in the corner and thinking about the insane stuff Brian Sutton is gonna lay down shortly! The one common denominator that I see with all the axes laying around is they’re all strung up with D’Addario strings.

So, once again I’m saying “thank you” for the never ending support!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Josh, you and your instruments and vocals really fit in well with Mountain Heart, never forgot the first time I heard “Live ,at The Ark”, I was just blown away, and then seeing your group live this year took things to another level, best wishes on new CD.