This album was recorded live (with minimal overdubs) in one weekend in March, 2013 with a set up very similar to what we have when we perform together. We recorded in the “big room” at White House Productions in Shelton, CT - a space beloved by both of us and located about 3 miles from the house where we grew up.
The songs in this collection were born of many heartbreaks and difficult life lessons, and represent to us numerous rehearsals, writing sessions, laughing sessions, bouts of frustration, silliness and sometimes, of great inspiration, along with an evolution of our music that could only come from playing live as often as possible. Anyone who attended one of our shows in 2012 helped shape the versions of the songs that you hear on this CD. We thank them for their attendance, comments, insight and support.
We’d like to say a very special thank you to a few people who made special contributions to album: Kyle Ryan and Scott White at White House Productions, Phil Magnotti, Matt Miklus, Seth Adam, Lunis Kendi, Tom & Stevie, Stacey Dyer at Triple Frog, Steve Stroud for his beautiful and unique album art, and our parents - Bill & Gloria Kiss, without whom this album would not have been possible. Thank you for your constant love and encouragement, Mom and Dad!
~ The Light Hearts
Brian Kiss - acoustic & electric guitar, dulcimer (a.k.a. “strum stick”), lead & backing vocals
Suzanne Vick - piano/keyboards, percussion, lead & backing vocals
Additional album musicians:
Seth Adam - backing vocals on “Jane”
Matt Miklus - dobro on “Blessed Mess”
Produced by Kyle Ryan and The Light Hearts. Recorded & mixed by Kyle Ryan at White House Productions (whitehouseproductions.net). Mastered by Phil Magnotti (philmagnotti.com).
All songs written by Brian Kiss and Suzanne Vick, except “Boots of Spanish Leather,” written by Bob Dylan & licensed through Special Rider Music.
Album illustration by Steve Stroud (shstroud.com). CD layout & design by Triple Frog, LLC (triplefrog.com).