Just this week, alt-country supergroup Mt. Desolation stopped by The Horse Shack in Rock Island, Illinois for an awesome set of live recordings as part of the famous, ongoing musical series dubbed The Daytrotter Sessions. The band released their self-titled debut, mastered at The Lodge by Chief Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar and Mastering Engineer Joe LaPorta, on October 19, 2010 via Interscope Records.
Mt. Desolation began in 2009 with a casual conversation between Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin of their mutual interest in American folk and country music. In the following months, the two began exchanging ideas for songs, and eventually decided to make an album with the gathered material. To complete the band, Tim and Jesse called upon a number of talented friends and fellow musicians including Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers, Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons, John Roderick of The Long Winters, and Tom Hobden of Noah And The Whale. When it came time to record, Mt. Desolation flew New York-based Grammy Award-winning producer Emery Dobyns (Suzanne Vega, Mary J. Blige, Patti Smith, Chief), all the way to London for three weeks of studio time. The resulting debut is a intimate, rustic collection of beautiful crafted songs, rich in acoustics and woodsy, atmospheric subtleties.
Click here to stream some amazing renditions from the star-studded band's debut, courtesy of The Daytrotter Sessions and be sure to check out Mt. Desolation in stores now!