I love acoustic music and am very pleased with how this record turned out! Read on and you'll easily see why!
The above EP was co-produced by Ty and world-class instrumentalist Steve Thomas. Steve has been a "sideman to the stars" for 25+ years including: Del McCoury; Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys; The Lost and Found; The Whites; The Osborne Brothers; Aaron Tippin; Barbara Mandrell; Brooks and Dunn; LeeAnn Womack; Kenny Chesney; John Michael Montgomery; Ronnie Bowman, and Lorrie Morgan. He regularly appears on the Grand Ol' Opry with the legendary Jesse McReynolds and others. Ty recorded this project at Steve's "Gain Train" studio in the Nashville area (and Steve played on every track -- please see down below for more details).
Wonderful musician (player and singer) Jeneé Fleenor helped make this EP special by singing harmony on 4 of the 7 songs. Jeneé has been a member of several of Nashville's top country and bluegrass touring bands including Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time; Terri Clark; Martina McBride; Blake Shelton and country music legend, Don Williams. While touring with such accomplished artists, Jeneé has played the Grand Ol' Opry countless times, and has made numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Dancing With The Stars, The View, The Talk, CMA Awards, CCMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Crossroads, and NASCAR and Superbowl concerts.
The songs on this record are some of the most requested songs I've written or co-written.
My influences are many . . . but to mention a few: Lennon and McCartney, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and many of today's well-known writers that have likewise been influenced by these giants. I am also influenced by many of the wonderful writers I am privileged to know and host at the songwriter shows I produce in Nashville.
Who did what:
LIFE I LOVE: Written by Ty and Richard Trest. Ty on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Steve Thomas on bass and resonator guitar. Shaun Apple on drums.
WHEN YOU'RE PUTTIN' YOUR BOOTS ON: Written by Ty and Caitlin Stern. Ty on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Steve Thomas on bass and electric guitar. Jeneé on harmony vocal. Shaun Apple on drums.
OUT OF THE BLUE: Written by Ty and Alison Hanna. Ty on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Steve Thomas on bass, acoustic guitar and percussion. Jeneé on harmony vocals.
ALL YOU HAD TO DO: Written by Ty Brando. Ty on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Steve Thomas on bass, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar and fiddle. Shaun Apple on the drums.
AT THE TROUGH: Written by Ty and Steve Thomas. Steve is doing everything here including a harmony vocal to Ty's lead vocal.
THAT'S JUST THE WAY THAT IT GOES: Written by Ty and Cassey Walker. Ty on lead vocal and acoustic guitar. Steve Thomas on bass, resonator guitar and percussion. Jeneé on harmony vocal.
TANGLED UP AGAIN: Written by Ty Brando. Ty on fingerstyle acoustic guitar and lead vocal. Steve Thomas on acoustic lead/fill and mandolin. Jeneé on harmony vocal.
This EP has lots of great energy, even the slower ones. I am very delighted with this recording and I think you will be too!