Songs Of The Road

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    Through 2015, Acoustic Cafe and SongCraft Presents took songwriters on roadtrips in our 2015 Ford C-MAX ENERGI. Along the way, these artists created a brand new song! You can hear and see the results below…

    So, come along for the ride!

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    Song #5: “Right Here With You”

    Artist: My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden)

    The road trip: Detroit, MI

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    This week we’re proud to present a brand new song from My Brightest Diamond, created on our 5th “Songs Of The Road” road trip. Our year-long project with Ford and SongCraft Presents concludes with Shara Worden’s (My Brightest Diamond) love letter to her hometown Detroit, including a recording session at United Sound Systems Recording Studios and a live premier at the historic Eastern Market. This time, in addition to SongCraft Presents’ Ben Arthur, we’ve also brought in DJ Big Wiz to help create the new song. Enjoy!

    You can listen to Shara, Ben and Wiz creating the new song in this Acoustic Cafe radio feature:

    Watch the song “Right Here With You” being performed live at Eastern Market in Detroit, powered by the Ford C-MAX Energi:

    Watch the making of “Right Here With You”:

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    Song #4: “Over The Water”

    Artist: Andy Suzuki & The Method

    The road trip: Brooklyn to Woodstock, NY

     

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    For our 4th road trip, SongCraft Presents’ Ben Arthur and Rob Reinhart (Acoustic Cafe) picked up Andy Suzuki at home in Brooklyn. Our first stop was in Queens at the Steinway & Sons factory where Ben and Andy worked with Steinway’s beautiful new grand pianos. Then it was back into the Ford CMAX Energi for lyrics on the way to Applehead Studios in Brooklyn where Andy’s band (The Method) joined in the fun. The trip finished with a live premier in front of an audience, and live on the radio for Radio Woodstock’s “Live @ 5″ feature!

    You can listen to Andy and Ben creating the new song in this Acoustic Cafe radio feature:

    Watch the song “Over The Water” being performed live, powered by the Ford C-MAX Energi:

    Watch the making of “Over The Water”:

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    Song #3: “Steel Mill Sunday”

    Artist: David Mayfield

    The road trip: Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, CA

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    David comes from Ohio, but we brought him to California to create a brand new song. Starting in Santa Barbara, we traveled first to Carpenteria where Dave and SongCraft Presents’ Ben Arthur worked on the beach, then it was off to country legend Roger Miller’s home in Woodland Hills for added inspiration. We recorded a studio version of the new song at Village Recorders in Santa Monica, and finished the day with a live premier in Filipinotown.

    You can listen to David and Ben creating the new song in this Acoustic Cafe radio feature:

    Watch the song “Steel Mill Sunday” being performed live, powered by the Ford C-MAX Energi:

    Watch the making of “Steel Mill Sunday”:

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    Song #2: “Texas Night”

    Artist: Jackie Venson

    The road trip: Lake Travis to Bee Cave to Austin, TX

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    Although classically trained on piano, Jackie decided to pick up a guitar in college at Berklee College Of Music, and she’s been picking up traction around her hometown of Austin, Texas ever since. We met up with Jackie immediately after this year’s SXSW music festival, and took her on a songwriting road trip from her father’s place in Lake Travis, to a 150 year old one-room schoolhouse in Bee Cave, ending at The Castle House in the Bouldin neighborhood in Austin. Along the way, Jackie and SongCraft Presents’ Ben Arthur created a brand new song and then performed it live.

    You can listen to Jackie and Ben creating the new song in this Acoustic Cafe radio feature:

    Watch the song “Texas Night” being performed live, powered by the Ford C-MAX Energi:

    Watch the making of “Texas Night”:

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    Song #1: “Not Home Anymore”

    Artist: Lera Lynn

    The road trip: Nashville, TN to Memphis, TN

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    We picked up Lera Lynn in Nashville and lit out for Memphis, stopping along the way to write, rehearse and even perform the new song in front of an audience in one of the funkiest places Memphis has to offer. Our last stop was at the legendary Sun Studio, where Lera and her band cut a final version of the song in the exact room where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and so many others created rock and roll!

    You can listen to Lera and Ben creating the new song in this Acoustic Cafe radio feature:

    Watch the song “Not Home Anymore” being performed live, powered by the Ford C-MAX Energi:

     

    Watch the making of “Not Home Anymore”: