"Since we got our copy here at the FJ, the album has been on heavy rotation. It’s a delightful, 10-track affair with incredible playing and some of the best acoustic engineering we’ve heard in recent memory."
With a large helping of mutual admiration and the desire to explore different genres and traditions on acoustic guitar, Grant and Ross’ musical relationship began with the joy and spontaneity of jam sessions. Over the course of many years, these informal sessions led to talk of "Let's play a gig!” which led to talk of "Let's make a record!” which led to Year of the Dog. Searching for a balance between composed melodies and improvisation, Gordy and Martin’s repertoire ranges from fiddle tunes to jazz standards, original compositions to traditional hymns to Bach, each piece another paragraph in an ongoing musical conversation.
"There's so much to like about this record! Very rooted but light on its feet, the continuous musical balance between Grant and Ross creates an extremely enjoyable listening experience." -Bryan Sutton
released November 11, 2016
Grant Gordy: 1944 Martin ooo-18, 1998 Collings D-1, 1975 Martin D-28
Ross Martin: 2002 Collings D2H
Recorded at Swingfingers Studios, Fort Collins, Colorado,
April and September 2015
Engineered and Mixed by Aaron Youngberg
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Photos by Justin Camerer
Design by Scott McCormick