Welcome to The Ether is Collins' second record. It was produced by Chris Rosser at the top of a mountain during a historic snowstorm and features guest performances by Jaimee Harris, Danny Gotham, and FJ Ventre. Welcome to The Ether finds Wes at his best: timidly falling in love in “Pelican”, coming to terms with a loved one’s disability in “Stethoscope”, or cavorting with ghosts in “Everyone Dances”. The record ends with his perennial set-closer “I Love You Guys”, as much an ode to drunken buffoonery as it is a song of gratitude to the listener.
Wes: acoustic and electric rhythm guitar, vocals
River Guerguerian: drum set and percussion
FJ Ventre: electric bass
Eliot Wadopian: acoustic bass
Chris Rosser: electric lead guitar, octave mandolin, harmonium, piano, Wurlitzer, organ, acoustic lead guitar/piano on Stethoscope, vocal harmony on Feel Better
Scott Dameron: acoustic guitar on Anywhere But Here, Details, The Quiet Part, and You May Do That
Danny Gotham: acoustic guitar on Pelican and Anywhere But Here
David Johnson: dobro and mandolin on Ether, pedal steel on Anywhere But Here
Billy Cardine: electric dobro on Feel Better
Jon Shain: guitar on I Love You Guys
Jaimee Harris: vocal harmony on The Quiet Part, Ether, Everyone Dances, The Wires, and Details
Mary Bragg: vocal harmony on Anywhere But Here
Amy Kucharik: vocal harmony on Pelican
David LaMotte: vocal harmony on Feel Better
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