Recorded to 2” tape at Nashville’s all analog Fry Pharmacy Recording Studios, the song follows in the rootsy footsteps of Dalton’s 2009 release, Self-Loathing Blues. “Scott [McEwen] at Fry did a great job of recreating the classic Chess records sound,” says bassist Dean Marold. The studio itself is housed in a 1920s era pharmacy that closed in the 1960s. In 2004, the space was simply repurposed leaving the Sun Recordsesque floor tiles and tin ceilings to create the Pharmacy's trademark sound. “Recording all in the same room to analog tape really made us make decisions on the spot and gave the recording its mojo,” says Dalton.
Dalton kicks off “Eye On The Prize (Part 1)” by laying down a slinky electric guitar groove with the band soon falling in behind it. Marold’s driving upright bass and Kazari Arai’s Hammond Organ fills add to the stew and bring it to a boil. “In the tradition of James Brown, I wanted to do a two part single that carries the same theme but with each side having a different feel,” Dalton says. “Eye On The Prize (Part 2)” begins with Dalton and drummer Austin Lauritsen trading licks that erupt into a full on driving blues shuffle complete with call and response gang vocals.
The band will debut “Eye On The Prize” live on Janaury 18th at the MD Loft in Nashville, TN with more shows planned for 2013. For more information, promo requests or to set up an interview, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Keep your eye on the prize and on the road ahead!” -Adam Dalton