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.


released July 1, 2013


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


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.



Track list & Songwriters:

1. Don't Let Me Down - Mason Jar Music & Friends

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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