Analog Sessions, "Live at Welcome to 1979" Pictured: Cut Throat Finches, Welcome to 1979 Recording Studio and Hand Drawn Records // Photo by Honey Russell
(DALLAS, TEXAS - source: CultureHype) – North Texas record label Hand Drawn Records is thrilled to announce the first-ever Analog Sessions: Cut Throat Finches: “Live at Welcome to 1979” special edition 12-inch 45 RPM vinyl with label artist and Fort Worth-based folk rock band, Cut Throat Finches, on September 1st. The special edition vinyl “Welcome to 1979” was cut direct-to-lacquer live at Nashville’s largest retro, analog-centric recording studio Welcome to 1979 Studios. Featuring two tracks produced by Taylor Tatsch (Maren Morris/Jetta in the Ghost Tree/Shadows of Jets), the record showcases a new side of singer-songwriter Sean Russell’s musical influences, alternative and indie-rock. From the emotional realization of “Trouble” to the more groovy, rock beats of “Bedroom Stare”, the band’s dynamic lyrics, instrumentation and vocals rock full throttle.
Analog Sessions, "Live at Welcome to 1979" Pictured: Sean Russell, Cut Throat Finches // Photo by Honey Russell
“There is a once quiet voice demanding authenticity again in Nashville,” said Russell. “Welcome to 1979, to me, is representative of, or at least a part of the fight for the soul of this great city.”
The collaboration was born after Welcome to 1979 owner, Chris Mara, asked Hand Drawn Records owner, Dustin Blocker, to have one of their bands be a part of their upcoming “Vinyl Camp”, where studio engineers and producers are brought to learn about the new, old way of recording vinyl masters. Both companies work together regularly mastering and plating for Hand Drawn’s vinyl record manufacturing arm, Hand Drawn Pressing, making the recording session and pressing an extension of their ongoing relationship. Analog Sessions: Cut Throat Finches: “Live at Welcome to 1979” features Cut Throat Finches members; Robert Paine (bass guitar), Draya Ruse (percussion), Eric Webb (lead guitar/keys), and Sean Russell (vocals/acoustic guitar).
“Cut Throat Finches are an extremely talented group,” said Blocker, “but to be there with them while recording live, direct to a master disc (no computers touched this record from recording through pressing) I got to see the band push their chops to a whole other level. There are no cheat codes here, what you hear on this record is exactly the way it sounded during the session. Raw, pure and awesome.”
With an ironic name for a tiny bird as the band’s title, Cut Throat Finches create big waves of sound. Singer-songwriter Sean Russell, a proud resident of the Fort Worth, Texas music scene, formed the band mid-2015 with a group of much-lauded players from the area, all of whom were involved in various projects of their own. An affection for eclectic music runs deep -- as almost a proud obsession of the obscure - and their connection in the studio, blends together like a well-crafted adult beverage. Each flavor should be savored as familiar sonic hints come in waves, with finishes that tend to beg for the next long drink.
Analog Sessions, "Live at Welcome to 1979" Pictured: Record cutting lathe at Welcome to 1979 // Photo by Honey Russell
Analog Sessions, "Live at Welcome to 1979" Pictured: A break room at Welcome to 1979 // Photo by Honey Russell
Cut Throat Finches lay out a trail that plays like a soundtrack to an epic film intended for bigger story. They released a full-length album, “Reality” in 2016 on Hand Drawn Records, which was voted “Song of the Year 2016” with the group winning “Best Live Act” at Ghost of Blind Lemon’s Ghosty Awards.