Can our Sheryl Crow fans please stand up? Esther is back with a stunning cover of Sheryl Crow's classic, "My Favorite Mistake." Recorded live to tape at The Tigermen Den in New Orleans, Esther's distinct folk stylings take center stage on the sultry, reimagined version. "When people ask what kind of music I play I generally tell them ‘country & folk’, but the truth is my band has a secret genre for my songwriting style which they call ‘60s/90s’; this weird blend of late 60s folk and early 90s alternative rock," explains Esther. "My Favorite Mistake somehow slides right into that comfort zone. My band and I had a lot of fun coming up with our own arrangement; Dan Cutler is playing that iconic guitar riff on upright bass, we slowed down the tempo, and I changed a couple words to make it a little more hopeful."
Written by Sheryl Crow (BMI) and Jeff Trott (ASCAP)
Vocals: Esther Rose
Fiddle: Lyle Werner
Bass: Dan Cutler
Lap Steel: Matt Bell
Guitar & Vox: Max Bien-Kahn
Drums & Vox: Cameron Snyder
In case you missed it, our little label is turning 10 years old this year. To celebrate our anniversary, we're rolling out a monthly series of features on some Father/Daughter artists. They'll tell us who they are, give us a look into the making of their record, what they've been up to since, and even hand curate a playlist for us to soundtrack this 10 year anniversary party with. Our first entry in the series goes back 2011. Get some insight into the origin story of Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit) and his half on the split LP, FD-004, Mutual Spirits.
F/D: How'd you first hear of / begin working with the label?
Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit): The short answer is I was (am?) a big nerd on the internet that was really excited about the democratic promise of 2008-2013 online music communities. I spent years listening to and blogging other people’s songs while quietly working on my own and eventually worked up the courage to share my own work. I met Jessi from Father/Daughter and Holy Spirits through that world. Jessi had released 2 great EP’s from Levek and toothache and was really hoping to work together some day.
F/D: How about Holy Spirits?
Jordan Lee: In 2011ish Holy Spirts asked me to join them on a west coast tour. At that point I had never toured or even seen the Pacific ocean so it was an incredibly magical experience. They were really sweet and their shows were so beautiful. The experience was important enough to convince me to pursue music more seriously aka go into credit card debt. Jessi came to our show in SF and we pitched the idea of a split 12” and a waited with bated breath.
F/D: What were some of the inspirations for the record?
Jordan Lee: I wrote Mutual Spirits and another EP called I Saw the Sea at the same time. I think of them as a Yin and Yang to each other. The Holy Spirits tour kind of convinced me to drop out of society and devote myself to pursuing art full time. That came with a lot of excitement and a lot of fear. I moved to Boston and lived on the floor of a friend’s rehearsal space and learned how to steal groceries from Stop ’n Shop really well. Mutual Spirits focused on the giddy feeling of riding my bike around and feeling really free. I Saw the Sea was a bit more spiritual to me, it felt like letting go of a lot of parts of myself. When I saw the Pacific ocean for the first time I just kept crying. I had this feeling that I had been living my whole life in a little comfortable bubble and I wanted to explore and be way more open to different ways of living and being.
F/D: What was the recording process like for Mutual Spirits?
Jordan Lee: I recorded most of Mutual Spirits in the aforementioned practice space. It was in this old cavernous warehouse so I used different parts for different types of sounds. I remember the bathroom had perfect reverb for vocals so I did the harmonies in there which confused some of the other people who used the space haha. I also starting taking the chinatown bus to New York and doing some recording at a friend’s house there.
F/D: What are some of your favorite F/D albums thus far?
Jordan Lee: Christelle Bofale, Bent Shapes, Leapling, Lisa Prank, Nadine, Soft Cat to name a few. For one tour I played in Soft Cat’s band and got really attached to those songs.
F/D: What've you been up to since?
Jordan Lee: I recently realized Mutual Benefit has been a band for over 10 years which felt like a big milestone although as the only permanent member it would be hard to kick myself out. In some ways, the EP with Father/Daughter felt like the beginning of my journey with the “music biz”. Nowadays it feels a lot less intimidating than it used to and I can pick and choose what parts to participate in. I feel really grateful that it was Jessi who showed us the ropes early on and not some swarmy record exec. So yeah, I guess I’m doing the same kind of stuff as back then but just drinking a lot more water and keeping better track of my receipts.
“Miles” is the latest offering fromAustin, TX-based songwriter Christelle Bofale. The expansive track spotlights her rich, soulful vocals, backed by a web of pillowy bass, guitar, and keys. Bofale wrote “Miles” while in high school. Looking out the window during English class, she observed how each car was using up the same miles, driving the same roads, yet the destination and lives of the drivers were all completely different. Bofale related to the aimless commuters as she was also on a journey, feeling pressured to map out her post-high school life at 17. Download and stream the track here. Christelle is a featured performer at this year's SXSW Music Festival and supports Caroline Polachek at Mohawk in Austin on April 23.
That's right, our little label is turning 10 years old this year. It's been a wild ride and we've got so many things in store for you in 2020. To celebrate our anniversary, we're rolling out a monthly series of features on some Father/Daughter artists. They'll tell us who they are, give us a look into the making of their record, what they've been up to since, and even hand curate a playlist for us to soundtrack this 10 year anniversary party with. Our first entry in the series goes back a decade to a Katy Perry filled era known as 2010. Get some insight into the origin story of David Levesque (Levek) and his EP, FD-003, Look on the Bright Side.
Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with the label?
David Levesque (Levek): F/D co-owner Jessi sent me a message on MySpace a little over 10 years ago. If I remember correctly, she had seen me on the band Viernes’ top eight and wanted to work together. About a year goes by and she asks if Id be into releasing an EP on her new label, as well as becoming Levek’s manager. We held off on the management at first, but put out the record. On the east coast tour for that release, our van broke down in New Jersey. It was seemingly hopeless, I then remembered Jessi wanted to be our manager. I figured if she could get us out of this, she should manage us. With a few calls, Jessi saved the tour with a Uhaul truck and became our manager.
F/D: What were some of your inspirations for look on the bright side?
Levek: I remember listening to soundtracks and the Delphonics around that time and wanted to mess around with vocal arrangement. I was mostly being inspired by my roommates who played music each other regularly.
F/D: What was the recording process like for the EP?
Levek: Around this time I recorded everything in GarageBand with the built-in mic on my laptop with some twenty dollar Sony headphones. For Look On The Bright Side I asked my roommate Nicole Miglis to write and sing the first verse after listening to the chorus I had tracked in my room. Our voices sound weirdly similar in this track and she just killed it. I remember the violinist Aaron just was hanging at the house that day and he just did those string layers in one take in my room. The b-side track Sloww is a track I recorded outside on my porch sitting on my front steps for most of it. I would improv the guitar and vocals in a take, then layered everything else on top like everything was on purpose. I liked recording outside if it was a pretty sounding day.
F/D: What've you been up to since?
Levek: After the EP, I tracked and toured a full length album called Look A Little Closer. In the last two years I’ve started a video production company with a few friends called Flooded Productions. I get to combine a lot of my loves into multiple outlets and it’s been a fun new challenge.