Cory Chisel & Brendan Benson at SXSW
Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons paid a visit to SXSW, playing several showcases, including a performance at the Gram Parsons Foundation launch event at the Hotel San Jose in Austin. The band is gearing up for the release of their second album this summer. The yet untitled new record was recorded at Nashville's Welcome To 1979 studio with production done by friend and mentor Brendan Benson.
“It’s a very analog-driven, old school studio. ... It’s a really special place,” Cory told the Appleton Post Crescent. Shunning digital technology, none of the studio’s equipment was made after 1979 just like its name.
Backing Chisel on the album is long time collaborator Adriel Harris along with seasoned veterans Brad Pemberton and John Graboff — best known for playing with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals — and Mark Watrous, who played with the Greenhornes and the Raconteurs. Producer and former Raconteur Brendan Benson has toured and cowritten several songs with the band over the past few years.
A SXSW highlight for the band was performing at the Gram Parsons Foundation launch event and jamming on stage with Brendan Benson and Petter Stakee from Alberta Cross. Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons are scheduled for a Late Night with David Letterman appearance on June 4th. Check out this soulful rockin' version of "Over Jordan" from the new album live at the Indaba Music SXSW 2012 Showcase.
Photo by Glen Brown