Polished Steel Sessions

by Various Artists

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THE POLISHED STEEL SESSIONS OFFERS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ORIGINALS FROM TOP CENTRAL TEXAS SONGWRITERS (AND BEYOND)

New digitally released collection due May 13 features Verlon Thompson's "Sideman's Dream," a tribute to his longtime musical partner Guy Clark

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Americana website Polished Steel announces its debut release The Polished Steel Sessions (due May 13), a digital collection of previously unreleased original songs largely by the best in Central Texas. “All songwriters have spare songs laying around that haven't fit older albums or new songs that may or may not make it onto a future record,” says Brian T. Atkinson, who curates the Polished Steel site and produced the new collection with Jenni Finlay. “This record gives them a home and showcases songs in their natural form, raw and acoustic and done in just one or two takes.”

The Polished Steel Sessions features new recordings by a dozen artists including Adam Carroll, BettySoo, Blue Water Highway, Bill Chambers, Jaimee Harris, Curtis McMurtry and Walt Wilkins, among others. The musicians found sessions an exciting opportunity to make stray songs available. “It's been more than a year since I released my last record Raven Hotel and I've been writing new songs for another album,” Harlan says, “but until now I haven't been in a studio to cut anything to share. Thanks to Polished Steel I'm excited to share a new tune called 'The Time Is Now' for the first time.”

All sessions for The Polished Steel Sessions were held at the Cheatham Street Woodshed, the recording studio founded by legendary Texas music figure Kent Finlay and now owned by Jenni Finlay, Russell Tanner and Atkinson. Tanner engineered each session and mixed and mastered the album, which serves as a fundraiser for improvements and renovations at the studio.

Track listing for The Polished Steel Sessions:

• ADAM CARROLL, “Crescent City Angels”
• MATT HARLAN, “The Time Is Now”
• BILL CHAMBERS, “I'll Never Let You Go”
• WALT WILKINS, “Take a Look at Me”
• RANDY WEEKS, “Sunny”
• BLUE WATER HIGHWAY, “Bird on a Wire”
• VERLON THOMPSON, "Sideman's Dream"
• JAIMEE HARRIS, “Where Are You Going Now?”
• CURTIS McMURTRY, “Bayonet”
• BETTYSOO, “Wake Up to the World”
• NOEL McKAY, “I See Brown People”
• GRAHAM WEBER, "Love Don't Quit"

Produced by Brian T. Atkinson and Jenni Finlay
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Russell Tanner
All songs recorded at the Cheatham Street Woodshed except “Sideman's Dream” recorded in Nashville.

For information, contact Brian T. Atkinson, btamojonet@aol.com

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released May 13, 2016

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