Faith and Proof Remix Released
I moved to Austin in the summer of 2007. I started trying to learn how to record and produce music on my own after watching Scott Gordon and Dustin Boyer do a masterful job of helping Come And Go produce the album Shinebox. At the time, I knew the recordings weren't amazing, and I didn't want to mess up any momentum we had from getting a few song placements in film and TV - so I decided I would try to do a solo record where I played most of the parts myself.
This opened me up to record songs I'd had written a long before as well as a handful of newer songs that I was probably never going to play with a full band (at least not anytime soon). I still had to cull down a fairly large list of songs, but once I started to record Jesus and the Bottle, I knew that was the centerpiece of everything - and the rest of the record evolved around it.
The process and output was a fun experiment for me. After a year and a half of work, the record was finished. I printed some CDs, we had a release party in Austin (I was super sick that day, but I'm told I played a good show), and all was well. Jesus and the Bottle even received honors in the Indie International Songwriting Competition.
Over the next decade, I got married to the woman of my dreams, became a father to the best son anyone could hope to have, and spent my spare time learning a lot about recording and mixing music. I worked on projects for friends, noodled around on my own stuff, and recorded a few new things. As I learned more and grew my engineering and mixing skills, the best things to practice those skills on were my own previous recordings - and Faith and Proof was always an easy body of work to go back to and mess around with.
At some point, I decided to completely zero out the board on all of the original tracks to the album, and to remix and remaster from scratch. I didn't record anything new. All changes are just in the mixing and mastering process. I also didn't go back to any of the original mixes as reference points. It has been a long time since I had heard them anyways, and I wanted a fresh perspective.
This new (and, dare I say, improved) version of Faith and Proof is now available at all major digital download and streaming outlets. For those of you who know the old version, I'm excited to share a new perspective on an old, familiar friend. For those of you who are listening for the first time, I'm glad to know you are getting the best version of these songs.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Now, get to the listening.