Words by Tim Newby/ photos by Jordan August
“This sounds good. How can we fuck it up,” remembers Bridge guitarist Cris Jacobs being asked by legendary producer Steve Berlin during the recording of their latest album, National Bohemian, which was helmed by Berlin.
Jacobs’ longtime band mate, mandolinist Kenny Liner elaborates, “Steve’s whole attitude is you have heard everything before, so let’s try something you haven’t heard, and that is such an amazingly cool attitude to have as a band going in to record an album.”
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By: Tim Newby / Photos by: Tim Newby
A glass of whiskey sat in front of me, directly next to it a typewriter with a blank sheet of paper loaded into the carriage. Try it out, implored Baltimore singer/songwriter Caleb Stine.
The typewriter sat on the table in Stine’s kitchen and he had just finished telling me how, in a very Dylan-esque way, he likes to type out all of the lyrics to his songs. He explained, “When it is typed it is real, it is much easier to see what lines work in each song. It is like having a demo recording”.
Following his advice I began to type. Despite the nonsensical sentences I put on the paper, the clacking of typewriter keys is a distinct sound, one long forgotten with the comparatively silent sound that emits from computer keyboards. And this intoxicating sound soon got me into the steady rhythm of writing. While I was typing away, Stine grabbed his guitar and took the seat across the table from me.
When my typing slowed, he announced, “Here is the new one.”
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By: Tim Newby
Photos By: Sam Friedman
“You have to baby pick it,” says producer Chris Bentley.
“I thought I was,” the voice of Kenny Liner, mandolinst for the Bridge, comes over the speakers in the control room. The frustration is clear in his voice.
It is an unseasonably hot day in late March, but The Bridge – as they have most of the month – is holed up at the bottom of a non-descript white building located just outside the Baltimore City limits in Cockeysville, Maryland. The building houses Bunker Recording Studio, the band’s studio of choice and where they have recorded all of their previous albums and are currently working on their new album, Blind Man’s Hill, due out October 21.
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