A lot of bands like to rehearse in the basement and play as many gigs as possible before hitting the studio, but The Lowest Pair had a different approach in mind. For their debut album 36¢, produced by Trampled By Turtles’ frontman Dave Simonett, Kendl Winter (a former solo artist on K Records) and Palmer T. Lee (of the band Boys n’ the Barrels) started recording virtually from the get-go, pairing a two-banjo approach with earnest, earthy songcraft.
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“36¢ was recorded just over a month after we started The Lowest Pair,” says Lee. “We really wanted to capture the energy of what was happening early on in our collaboration. We were both coming out of transitional years, both having been among the primary songwriters for our string bands and both leaving those projects. So it was feeling rather magical for us to find each other and have our musical styles and voices blend so easily. We worked with Dave Simonett, of Trampled by Turtles, who helped encourage that if the record was intended to be organic and raw that we had aught to record it that way. So nearly everything, the singing and the playing, was done live, sitting across from each other.”
You can hear the results below. The album is out January 14 on Team Love Records.