Midnight North's new EP Stayin’ Single Drinkin’ Doubles released Saturday, February 14th, 2015 includes three songs previously only heard at live shows. The first track, “Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles”, was originally written by local friends and fellow musicians with Hoosier roots, Jeremy Wilson and Kirby Lee Hammel. Elliott Peck contributed two additional verses to finish the story and added a female perspective to the song. This is about as country as Midnight North gets, it's also a fan favorite at live shows. Two different versions of the song appear on the EP. The two versions include a shorter, radio friendly version, and an expanded version, aptly titled the "Morning After Mix”. Both tracks include a guest performance by virtuoso Jason Crosby (Doobie Decibel System, Phil Lesh & Friends) on both fiddle and honky-tonk piano, instantly transporting the listener to an old western saloon scene. This tune is sure to have you swaying in your bar stool!
Next up on the track list is “Find A Way”, written by Grahame Lesh. Also a staple of Midnight North's live sets, this song begins with Grahame's singing and storytelling and then bursts into three part harmonies on the chorus, showcasing all three of the band's singers. Along with Crosby's fiddle, this tune includes another guest, Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz (ALO, Brokedown in Bakersfield) contributing a fourth voice to this song; his pedal steel guitar. Lebo’s pedal steel and Crosby’s fiddle playfully work off each other to add a beautiful depth to the arrangement.
Finally, “The Right Time” is a song written by Elliott Peck about luck, hope and good timing. It also showcases the band's three part harmonies and includes a searing electric guitar solo by Grahame Lesh that had our normally composed drummer in tears after a listening session in the studio!
Betty Cantor-Jackson, a pioneer in the recording & engineering world, now shares her skills with the next generation of the Grateful Dead family on this release. She artfully mastered all four of the tracks on this recording.
released February 14, 2015
Elliott Peck - Acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes & vocals
Grahame Lesh - Electric & acoustic guitars & vocals
Alex Jordan - Electric guitar, Hammond B3 organ & vocals
Connor Jon O’Sullivan - Electric & upright basses, mandolin & piano
Eric Saar - Drums & percussion
Mixed by Croonn.
Mastered by Betty Cantor-Jackson.
Engineered by Mike Scully and Connor O’Sullivan.
Photography and design by Connor O’Sullivan.
Fiddle by Jason Crosby on Stayin' Single, Drinkin' Doubles, Find A Way and The Right Time.
Piano by Jason Crosby on Stayin' Single, Drinkin' Doubles.
Pedal steel guitar by Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz on Find A Way.
Recorded at In The Pocket Studios in Forestville, CA and in the Outer Richmond District of San Francisco, CA.
Stayin' Single, Drinkin’ Doubles (Radio Edit) - words by Jeremy Wilson, Kirby Lee Hammel & Elliott Peck; music by Jeremy Wilson & Kirby Lee Hammel
Find A Way- words and music by Grahame Lesh
The Right Time (Electric Version) - words and music by Elliott Peck
Stayin' Single, Drinkin' Doubles (Morning After Mix) - words by Jeremy Wilson, Kirby Lee Hammel & Elliott Peck; music by Jeremy Wilson & Kirby Lee Hammel