Trey Anastasio Paper Wheels on 2LP
Co-produced with longtime collaborator Bryce Goggin, Paper Wheels - Trey Anastasio's tenth solo album and follow-up to 2012's acclaimed Traveler - was recorded in 2014 at The Barn, the Phish founding guitarist's Vermont farmhouse-turned-rehearsal space/recording studio. Anastasio and the members of the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) developed the material on stage while touring and at soundcheck on the tour leading up to the sessions, allowing them to track the album in just under a week.
Taking a cue from the energetic immediacy of classic Stax Studio recording sessions, TAB worked fast and loose, playing together live in The Barn and wrapping up tracks after one or two takes. Written and co-written by Anastasio alongside frequent lyric partners Tom Marshall and Steve "The Dude of Life" Pollak, songs like the funk-driven "Bounce" and the elegiac "Invisible Knife" (written solely by Anastasio) are among the legendarily diverse artist's most infectious and inventive, alive with creative vigor, robust musicianship, and true soul power.
Paper Wheels features the classic TAB line up of drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, augmented by a full horn section (including trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman, multi-instrumentalist James Casey, and longtime TAB trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick). The album was mixed by 8x Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Elliot Scheiner (Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Derek & The Dominos).