Friday, January 24, 2014

Josh Abbott Band Back In Studio Recording New Album

The Josh Abbott Band is back in the studio recording a brand new album according to his twitter post earlier this week. The yet-untitled project would be a follow-up to his 2012 album, Small Town Family Dream.  the project is being recorded in the famed Franklin, TN recording studio simply known as The Castle. The band, composed of Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Austin Davis (banjo), Preston Wait (fiddle, guitar), Edward Villanueva (drums), James Hertless (bass) and Caleb Keeter (guitar), look to be spreading a bit from their Texas roots.

The Castle is one of the truly unique recording studios in the world in that it once served as a rest stop and hideout for one of the Roaring Twenties' most notorious figures, Al Capone. Built between 1929 and 1932, the castle sits on 34 cedar-covered acres just 15 minutes south of Nashville, and once housed Capone bookmaker John Welch. Since that time, the Castle has served as a bootlegging site, a gambling house, and even an upscale restaurant. But, to this day, rumors and legends of escape tunnels and “unofficial” graves still surround the stone edifice.

Converted to a studio in 1981 by the Nuyens Family, the Castle now serves as a world class recording facility including a full-time recording staff, two studios, extensive equipment list, a full kitchen, and lots of recording history.

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