Joseph LeMay

Trailer Trash EP

Trailer Trash EP  by Joseph LeMay
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  1. Seventeen Acres
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  3. You Still Do It
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Joseph LeMay's Trailer Trash EP is a good indication of what's to come from the Tennessee bred songwriter. The live EP, released via Noisetrade, gives us a barebones glimpse of three songs from his upcoming debut album Seventeen Acres performed in the same room in which they were written.

"A few less square feet than we thought it might be, but we give it our damndest and sink in our teeth," sums up the making of Joseph LeMay's Trailer Trash EP quite nicely. The 24 year old singer/songwriter gathered up his most talented friends and hauled them from Nashville, TN to his shabby little abode, an abandoned single-wide trailer in the woods on the outskirts of his hometown of Dyersburg, TN. After arriving at Single Wide Farms, the travelers set up their gear and a few mics, hit record, played some tunes, and let the camera roll. The "living room" they crammed into boasts six-foot ceilings and is smaller than most walk-in closets. This closeness resulted in a noticeable intimacy in LeMay's and the rest of the band's delivery. "We did the whole thing live, with no headphones or monitors," Joseph recalls of the recording process for Trailer Trash, "So, we all had to be entirely present and intentional with our playing and listen to one another. As simple as that sounds, people don't do that like they used to. Taking away the option of 'fixing it later' forced us to focus on our performance and dial it all in on the front end."

For Trailer Trash LeMay used the same lineup of musicians from his upcoming debut LP Seventeen Acres due out in May 2014. Molly Parden graced all three tracks with her background vocals. Caleb Hickman switched between keys and lap steel in addition to singing background vocals on "You Still Do It". Juan Solorzano played electric guitar and bass pedals, while Noah Denney kept everything in order on drums. Nashville producer Seiji Inouye engineered, mixed, and mastered the project.

Filmographers Alfonso Sjogreen and Kern Ducote were present-cameras in hand-for the entire recording session. They captured the performances for the rest of us to see, and Dillon Bock served as video editor. See the videos as they are released by subscribing to his YouTube channel following Joseph on twitter @josephlemay, Liking his Facebook page, and joining his email list.

For fans of:Paul Simon, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy/Wilco, Townes Van Zandt
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