Coty Hogue – When We Get To Shore

In a musical world often pre-occupied with digital perfection, faux beauty and false gloss there are beacons of authenticity that shine with their honesty, live recordings have always being difficult to to pull off, striving for the balance between the raw experience and clarity of sound and production is not a simple task to get right, the solution recording in front of studio audience in a carefully chosen venue with a skilled recording engineer that we are talking about today manages to do it – and do it very well indeed.

Coty Hogue – Pretty Bird

Born in the big sky state of Montana’s Coty Hogue now resides in Bellingham WA, her album When We Get To Shore was recorded at Empty Sea Studios a restored Craftsman house in Seattle a venue specialising in acoustic music, for the recorded performance she is joined by fellow Bellingham musicians Aaron Guest (guitar / vocals) and Kat Bula (fiddle / vocals), the album features a blend of Hogue originals, a track from fellow songwriter Sarah Fulford that opens the album, a series of traditional songs and covers of Springsteen’s I’m on Fire the opening track from the classic Fleetwood Mac album Rumours, Second Hand News a track co-written by legends Bill Monroe & Hank Williams, Blue & Lonesome and closes with the wonderful Hazel Dickens track Pretty Bird sung a cappella to spotlight Hogue’s natural gifted vocal talent, elsewhere on the recording sweet harmonies and a smart less-is-more acoustic accompaniment serves the recording well and the whole album is a little gem.

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