Gospel Hour

The Barrel Boys

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This album was born back in the days of our residency at the Cloak & Dagger. Every Tuesday, usually some time during the second set, we would start calling some of our favourite songs from the rich country-gospel tradition, memorably recorded by the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, and Hank Williams. We started calling this portion of the set 'Gospel Hour,' and when we got the opportunity to record a few tunes live off the floor in the space of a single evening, we knew what the theme of our new record had to be.

These tunes were recorded the way we played them live at the Cloak so many times - with no isolation, no headphones, huddled in a tight circle around a few mics. In the case of tracks 5 & 6, we recorded both tunes in one continuous take. For the final a cappella number, we got to do something we've always wanted to do, which was record around a single microphone, in mono. Thanks and appreciation to our family and friends, to Alan for making us sound good, and to the Cloak & Dagger, especially Lindsay, Scott and Rod.

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