Happy #MusicMonday (and Hallowe'en)! I am excite to share a brand new Q&A with Corey Lueck from The Smoke Wagon Blues promoting their new album 'Cigar Store'. Check it out below:
Describe your sound using just one word:
What was the process like to put this album together?
Our process seems to be unique to each album but over the last three albums we’ve kept the consistency of what we think is a winning formula for us, and that’s recording with Steve Sherman at Steve Sherman Productions and Nick Blagona at Psychotropic Studios. With “Cigar Store”, we wrote and recorded the album throughout the year when we had breaks in our gigging schedule. In a perfect world, we’d travel around with the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio but that’s just not in the cards for us working class musicians, haha. For this project, we recorded live off the floor and kept most of our ghost tracks which is nice; then we hit the ground running and had fun building the songs up to the mixing stages. We turned a corner years ago when we decided “The Song” is number one - no egos, over instrumentation, or veering from the path will compromise; So, basically, whatever is best for the song is best for the song. In a world where blues is ruled by guitar hero’s and solo artists we take a back seat to all that with a real old school band approach to our music and that continues to be our process moving forward.
Is there something specific that you want people to pick up on while listening?
No B sides! Like albums we loved when we were growing up; we just hope the listener enjoys the whole experience. A lot of hard work went into making this album. We hope they enjoy the story telling and that each song sounds fresh to the ears like your favorite mix tape! Foremost, we hope the listeners will have a good old rambling whisky talking time!