Monday, February 23, 2015

Here is the second of five videos we shot with Dana Louise, No Diggity:

In the midst of love songs, sad songs, and eerie tales of woe, Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds let loose on this cover of Blackstreet's No Diggity. We loved every minute of working with these folks. They are all such genuine people who, as you can see above, don't take themselves overly seriously. Their smiles were contagious, and their groove made it difficult to resist dancing with the camera in hand. This video features Dana's friend Josh Tempest's crystal ball manipulation. Look out for our next posts featuring the third of five field recordings! Remember, follow Dana & Company at, and on instagram @danalouisemusic.

Photo by Anna Hutchison

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 8, 2015 - Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds perform an original song live from a cave in North Arkansas. Real audio from a ZOOM H4N recorder.

Photo by Anna Hutchison
Anna and I met Dana when she performed at a house show while we were living at the Syc House (see on Anna's channel: Air Loom | Boa Sorte). We both immediately fell in love with her voice and continued to listen and catch her live performances whenever we could (see also: Air Loom | Halloween 2013).
Having already been fans, we couldn't have been more excited to jump on board when Dana and her band asked for our help capturing their live performance. Featuring Dana on the dobrato, Adams Collins on the vibraphone, Keith Grimwood on bass, and Ezra Idlet on percussion, the Glorious Birds hiked all their instruments up into this perfect echo-chamber of a cave for this field recording.

It was a real honor working with such talented musicians, including Keith and Ezra from Trout Fishing In America and Adams Collins ripping on the vibraphone.

Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds are currently working on recording an album which will be released in the coming months.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Photos by Anna Hutchison

In this line of work, you sometimes get lucky enough to contribute to the projects of your favorite bands and artists. Dumptruck is Anna's and my favorite party band in the whole world, and we get the pleasure of capturing their every move (and sound). This time, the song wasn't so party oriented (or woman-, drug-, or liquor-oriented), and leaned instead on the creepy side. Inspired by The King In Yellow, this track is timelessly scary, yet hauntingly catchy. Check it out! Then look up when the next DTBoyz show is, and beg your mom to let you go. Watch the video of the 'Boyz tracking it live!
The "Wheel O' Dumptruck" allows the crowd to select the subject matter for the next song at Smoke and Barrel.

On vocals and banjo, Nick Shoulders also provided limited-edition album artwork for the initial release of the single.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Shawn James chose me to record and polish his second full-length album. We got to take our time in the comfort of my living room to really lay down our collective vision for this record. I am incredibly proud of the product, and will forever brag about my brief contribution to this awesome milestone in this artist's career. Check him out at his various links:
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Album Artwork and Photography by Anna Hutchison:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Photos by Anna Hutchison

Dumptruck Boyz, comprised of members of Thunderlizards and Cletus Got Shot, started out as a silly outlet for the boys to get out their bluegrass wiggles. From their spot-on covers to their scarily hilarious originals, their live shows were an instant hit among the Fayetteville crowd. After countless requests by fans for the 'Boyz to record their timeless hits, I finally caught them all in the same building and stuck some wires in them.

The product is prettier than we could have possibly conceived. Tracked all at once in a live setting. Check out the recording video to the 'Boyz' Jolene cover, "Codeine":

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

     Read: Brilliant Solo Photographer Becomes Power-Duo

     When we're not on the road with Shawn James & The Shapeshifters or in Texas visiting my family, we try to fill our schedules with Anna's photography work. While she is primarily a portrait photographer, she's been shooting weddings since she was 18. Since we've been together, she's been showing me the ropes of my camera (her old camera, the Canon 5D Mark II), and allowing me to second-shoot weddings and events. In between capturing stills, I've begun recording video clips to compile later into a highlight reel. I've never had any formal training in video editing, so I've been learning from Google and trial-and-error as I go. For practice, I threw together some clips that Anna got by herself before I was shooting with her. She had the honor of shooting Cory Putman of Norma Jean's wedding in Fort Smith, and she let me take the wheel with editing. Shawn James contributed a sweet song of his to the video:

Then my first time shooting all the video was the wedding of Anna's good friend Livvy. This one taught me a lot about the importance of steady shots (embarrassed face) and the limitations of stabilization software in post:

This was our first out-of-state client as a wedding photography duo. Although the Mark II has a little more trouble in low light than its full-frame big brother, we were able to pull off this indoor reception with a little gamma correction. This was a real, Texas-style hootenanny of a party. 

With a few practice runs in between, and the addition of a monopod, this wedding in the woods video came out much more smoothly relative to its predecessors. This is how Anna and I spent 4/20 (and Easter) this year, and I loved it to death. There's something special about low-key ceremonies and elopements, and it was awesome to be a part of this tight-knit group for a whole day. (Excuse the same music, but sometimes things just work twice.)

I plan to practice, practice, practice; and as our gear and our repertoire increase in quality, we'll begin to offer video-inclusive wedding packages for those who want a magical mini-movie of their special day.

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