Shannon and Heather Slaughter have made the trek from Alabama to Virginia this week to start work on a new album. They are tracking at Eastwood Studios in Cana, and hope to have something ready for release this Fall.
This one is slated to fall somewhere between a band album, and a duo project. Several of the cuts are set to be recorded by the Slaughters’ touring band, County Clare, with others featuring support from musicians Shannon has or does work with in the bluegrass world.
And as always, the material is primarily Shannon’s. Eight of the fourteen songs they plan to record are ones he wrote or co-wrote. Two additional numbers were written by County Clare bandmates Alex Hibbitts and Cliff Bailey, one ones from Tim Stafford and Pam Tillis, and the three remaining are covers.
Shannon says that he co-wrote with his longtime songwriting partner Dale Felts, and also with Bill Castle, Shawn Lane, Gerald Ellenburg, Terry Foust, Dave Carroll, and Heather Slaughter.
“We’re real excited to get back in the studio and record some more of our style of music!! We think we’ve got some really good tunes that people are gonna love, including a duet Heather and I wrote about the beautiful new addition to our family — Rae Carroll.”
Guest performers include Ron Inscore on mandolin, Trevor Watson and Justin Jenkins on banjo, Tracy Burcham on bass, and Randy Kohrs on reso.
Look for more details later this Summer.