Don’t worry, Willowz
fans – the band ain’t breakin’ up. They’re prepping their fourth album, to be
recorded with producer Stuart Sikes.
By Blurt Staff
Willowz guitarist/vocalist Richie James Follin has assembled
an all star cast for his first solo album, Battle: Dan Horne from Beachwood Sparks and
Mezzanine Owls played pedal steel and acoustic bass, Juan Paul Caballero
from Dios Malos played electric bass, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and Band of
Horses played guitar, organ, and piano. Luke Paquin of Hot Hot Heat played
guitar, Loren Humphrey on drums, Christof Certik from Winter Flowers played
mandolin and Jennifer Argenti on the violin.
On Independence Day 2008, Dan Horne threw a BBQ at his home/ studio and
everyone showed up to put down their contribution to the record. With
free range chicken and ribs sizzling on the BBQ, Battle was made. Starting out as a solo
project Battle rapidly became a common ground for
artistic creation. Follin has stripped away any imposing force and created a
sound that captures the collectives mood. A mood that is free to move without
guidelines. A mood that is felt and shared by all.
In the era of “singer songwriter on every block”, RJF takes it a step
into the future with a nod to the past. The process takes place in Los Angeles, CA.
A recording studio in a ranch style house in Echo Park
was the backdrop complete with vintage equipment such as plate reverbs and true
echoplex audiophilia. A sort of “anti technology” approach not
typical in the southern California
region with studios in every bedroom, this record nearly adheres to a more
campgroundesque-lets-all-play-together at a gathering and hope someone
documented the songs. By day’s end, Horne had recorded 12 songs for Battle.
The album will be available at www.richiejamesfollin.com and through iTunes starting April 7. Those
who purchase the album through richiejamesfollin.com will also have the option of CD and vinyl. The site will also be offering a
year subscription where people can get the downloads and other additional
tracks throughout the year made available only through the website. This will
also include a DVD with live footage.