Decoration Day, Volume 2

by Mason Jar Music & Friends

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When on Memorial Day weekend, 2012, a long-standing recording session at Mason Jar Music was cancelled at the last minute, MJM co-founders Dan Knobler and Jon Seale decided to make the most of the lost time. Inviting a handful of artists & musicians from the burgeoning Brooklyn indie-folk community into the studio, they set out to pay tribute to some of their favorite American music. The result was Decoration Day, a six track EP of songs written over a 200 year span of American history.

Exactly one year later, the Mason Jar Music collective returns with Decoration Day, Volume 2 - featuring a new outfit of up-and-coming talent, this time giving a nod to 1960s- era soul. The six-track EP pairs Josh Garrels, Nick Hakim, Emily Elbert, Flearoy, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano with an impeccable MJM house band and a 4-piece horn section featuring members of The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, EMEFE, and The Westerlies. The album was recorded in three days, live-in-studio at Mason Jar Music on Memorial Day weekend, 2013.

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released July 1, 2013

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Produced by Mason Jar Music

Recorded by Dan Knobler, Jon Seale, and Jacob Blumberg at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY on Decoration Day Weekend, 2013
Mixed by Dan Knobler & Jon Seale
Mastered by Jacob Blumberg

The Mason Jar Music House Band:

Dan Knobler - Guitar
Zack Rosen - Bass
Jason Burger - Drums & Percussion
Jake Sherman - Organ, Wurlitzer, Piano

Jas Walton - Tenor Sax
Billy Aukstik - Trumpet
Freddy DeBoe - Baritone Sax
Willem de Koch - Trombone

Vocals on Don't Let Me Down: Nick Hakim, Emily Elbert, Gabriel Garzon-Montano
Background Vocals on Don't Let Me Down: Stefan Weiner, Cameron Scoggins, Fox Schwach, Hannah Read, Jon Seale
Additional Background Vocals: Jon Seale, Stefan Weiner, Emily Elbert
Vocals on Grandma's Hands recorded by Josh Garrels in Portland, OR

Cover photo by Sasha Arutyunova
sashafoto.com

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Special Thanks:

Carrie, Katrina, Millie, Bailey, Matt Porter, Harry Weinger, Flearoy, Emily Elbert, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Josh Garrels, Nick Hakim, The Beatles, Nina Simone, The Impressions, Sly & The Famiy Stone, Bill Withers, and Billy Taylor.

And a big thank you to Jason, Zack, Jake, Billy, Jas, Freddy, Willem, Stefan, Cameron, Fox, Hannah, and Jacob for lending your time and talents.

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MasonJarMusic.com
Flearoy.com
EmilyElbert.com
Soundcloud.com/Gabriel-GarzonMontano
JoshGarrels.com
NickHakim.com

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Track list & Songwriters:

1. Don't Let Me Down - Mason Jar Music & Friends
(Lennon–McCartney)

2. Whatever I Am You Made Me - Flearoy
(Willie Dixon)

3. Keep On Pushing - Emily Elbert
(Curtis Mayfield)

4. You Can Make It If You Try - Gabriel Garzón-Montano
(Sly Stone)

5. Grandma's Hands - Josh Garrels
(Bill Withers)

6. I Wish I Knew - Nick Hakim
(Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas)

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Mason Jar Music is an audio & video production company and creative collective. Founded by Dan Knobler & Jon Seale, MJM focuses on organic production through collaboration, combining the 21st century’s affordable digital tools with tried-and-true analog philosophies and skilled craftsmanship to create high-quality recorded music and video content. ... more

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