While recording at Sun Studios for the PBS series "Sun Studio Sessions", Greyhounds met Memphis native and acclaimed engineer, Matt Ross-Spang. Soon afterwards, Matt moved his operation to Sam Phillips Recording studio. Greyhounds were very familiar with the studio, and its deep history, and had always wanted to record there. It is the type of place that you walk into and are transported to another era. A perfect place to make the type of record Greyhounds were interested in making. A less produced, and more spontaneous style of recording, all straight to tape like many of the classic music that was made there in its heyday. Coincidentally, Ross-Spang has made a name for him self as a student of that old school style of making records.
Due to the high demand for the studio and Matts services, as well as Greyhounds busy touring schedule, it was challenging to find a time when they could work together. Finally a small window of time opened up ( 3 Days ) and Greyhounds made the trip from Austin, to Memphis to begin recording.
Pulling from 17 years of songwriting, Greyhounds had plenty of material to choose from. "It was a chance to look back at some of our favorite tunes that we never had recorded" ( Trube ). Because there were only 3 days in which to record and mix the record. Greyhounds knew they would have to be ready to perform these songs seamlessly, just like they would at a live show. "When recording to tape you have to make commitments. It is a lesson in letting go and not getting hung up on things. Its liberating" (Trube).
Greyhounds proceeded to Memphis and recorded and mixed 13 songs over the course of 3 days all live to 8 track 1" tape, with some special guest appearances from some of their good friends Will Sexton, Amy LaVere, and Art Edmaiston. "When you are going at that pace, you don't get a lot of time to second guess yourself. You learn to trust your instincts and be more present in the
moment." ( Farrell ).
“Cheyenne Valley Drive” is a product of a band at the height of their game, making music in a studio that has been virtually untouched by time, recording in the style that many of their musical heroes used. Basically a dream come true. A dream they want to share with you.
The Split Coils
The Split Coils are the current brain child of songwriter/ multi instrumentalist J.Russell (Hot Rod Circuit, Diamond J and the Rough). Joined by his wife Katelyn Russell on percussion and harmony, Joseph Ballaro on Bass guitar and Jon Scerbo on Drums.
The songs (it's all about the songs) are a straight forward mix of Rock and Roll, Soul and Country. Independently recorded and produced at home.
We are in the process of finishing a record this summer (2017). Keep an eye out for songs on band camp.