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The mixing process: The Porter Draw talks about making its newest music

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The Porter Draw is releasing its self-titled album at Launchpad tonight. (Courtesy of Wes Naman)

The Porter Draw is releasing its self-titled album at Launchpad tonight. (Courtesy of Wes Naman)

It’s been three years since alt-country band The Porter Draw released an album.

The band is gearing up to release a new one. And it couldn’t be happier.

“In some ways, we have been making this album from the moment we finished our last (‘California Widow’),” says Dandee Fleming, bassist.

Fleming says the initial recording process for the project, which is self-titled, took place over three days and two nights at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe.

He says four or five mixing sessions followed and the band balanced the sounds, figured out which tracks fit and which didn’t.

“But before any of that had to happen we had to write the songs,” he says. “Our three songwriters are (ideally) turning out new work to bring to the group periodically and this record was no exception. Josh (Gingerich), Russ (James Pyle), or Ben (Wood) would bring these songs to the band for collaboration to really make the work bloom as a result of collected effort. That is really the biggest difference in this, our third album, the collaborative nature.”

Fleming says The Porter Draw recorded about 30 live tracks. Then the band picked through the songs and lined up the songs for the album.

“There was one new song that didn’t make the new album,” he says. “But we made the choice to record enough music for several releases this time around so I am sure we will find a home for that song somewhere.”

Fleming says as the band has grown, so has the fan base.

“Our shows are well-attended, and our crowds are interested in what we do to the extent that they have financed this project themselves,” he says. “We raised the money to put this album out by using Kickstarter. The response from our community was truly humbling.”


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