I've been working on an album for an old bud since summer, and I'm finally wrapping it up. The deal: He recorded his 10 songs for a CD titled "Capture Me" here at the Woodshed, with the understanding that I'd write, perform and engineer all the backing tracks with a pretty free rein as to how to frame them. He wanted subdued drums and standup bass with prominent vocals — i.e., the voice, not the drums, move the limiter on most tracks. Toms and snare are pretty dead and most of the arrangements are designed to frame the voice. ... I took my production cues from the old Vanguard folk albums of the '60s, with of course the advantages of 21st-century audio tech! This one's a ballad, and I got a notion to try a string quartet, something like George Martin did with the Beatles, and had a ball writing the tracks. It's mastered for CD, a little hot for streaming, so I've lost some subtleties in the upload transcoding (the acoustic guitar in particular suffered), but it's enough to get an idea of what's going on. Give it a spin!