Katie Jo “Pawn Shop Queen” – Listen

This is the title track from Katie Jo’s new album – and it is glorious.  Some songs are so perfect you can’t help but wonder how they happened.  Luckily in this case we know, the album was recorded in three days using a band assembled by producer Chris Schlarb at Big Ego Studios in Long Beach. Katie Jo met Schlarb through her pedal steel player, session musician George Madrid.  Katie Jo expounded a little on the process “One thing I appreciated about working with Chris was that decisions were made very quickly.  It wasn’t laborious, there’s no Autotune, and we didn’t tweak every little last thing. It’s very much just, ‘Here’s the performance, how do we best bring out what is here naturally?’ The process was really just to trust the people in the room to do good work. When you get the right people together, it can happen pretty quickly.

So there it is – the three step secret is out.  Write a great song, get a great band, and don’t use autotune.

Photo: Christian Bordeau

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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