The Mighty Small is Mae’s first full-length record, featuring 11 original songs. Though it defies straight genre categorization, Mae likes to call it adventure folk.
Co-produced with Josh Seurkamp (Over the Rhine, Kim Taylor, Ellery) and Greg LaFollette (Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Waterdeep, Trouvere), the album’s players include Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Katie Herzig, Indigo Girls, Sandra McCracken, Lucy Wainwright Roche), Justin Golden (Ellery), and Andrea VonAllmen (Artists and Authors) and was recorded/produced at Crossroads Studio (Cincinnati, OH) and Gingerwood Studio (Nashville, TN).
The name The Mighty Small was born in the recording studio. Mae explains, “While making this record, we kept reminding ourselves that we wanted it to be ‘surprising and delightful’. We found ourselves drawn to lots and lots of simple parts—melodies and parts that seemed small and simple on their own, but together, they made this lush landscape of sound in some songs, an emotional hurricane in others and just plain fun in the rest. The songs may be made up of small things, but enough small things make something mighty. I think there’s truth in that on many levels.”
She continued, “In general, I find the mightiest things, movements and people don’t usually start out that way. As a kid, I remember playing with my mom’s charm bracelet. My favorite piece was a small clear charm that held one single mustard seed. She used to tell me that mustard trees grow to be some of the biggest around; I spent lots of time trying to figure out how something so big could come from something so small. I suppose this record is me still trying to figure that out.”
JOSH SEURKAMP - drums and percussion, vibraphone, stomps, claps, pots and pans, tympani, programming, glockenspiel, bells, castanets, courage for days
GREG LAFOLLETTE - electric guitars, bass, programming, synth, vocals, morning poetry
CRAIG DOCKERY - piano, organ, accordion, mellotron
JORDAN BROOKE HAMLIN - trumpet, clarinet, French horn
AMY GILLINGHAM - cello
ANDREA SUMMER - background vocals and other magic
MAE KLINGLER - vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, toy piano, percussion, omnichord, kalimba, piano, glockenspiel, vibraphone
SPECIAL THANKS TO - Paul Lawson, Lance Martin, Justin Golden and the gospel choir
Produced by MAE KLINGLER, JOSH SEURKAMP and GREG LAFOLLETTE
Recorded at Crossroads, Cincinnati and Gingerwood Studios, Nashville
Mixed by Greg LaFollette
Mastered by Chris Graham Mastering
Design by Grace Saunders
Photography by Jonathan Robert Willis
All songs written by Mae Klingler (Shake A Leg Record Company/ASCAP)
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