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Since founding Mason Jar Music together in 2010, this is first year that Dan Knobler and Jon Seale have lived in difference cities. Dan, a born and raised native New York, is now living in Nashville, TN, and Jon, who spent his formative years in Macon, GA, has puts down roots in Brooklyn. As such, this year's volume features songs about the North & South; songs that commemorate their history, celebrate their culture, or tell stories that take place within their borders. We're also honored to be able to expand our network of friends and collaborators to include some of Nashville's finest artists and musicians, both long time residents and new transplants.
The Decoration Day series began on a whim three years ago after a last minute studio cancellation inspired MJM co-founders Dan Knobler & Jon Seale to record an EP of some their favorite songs. In what has become a celebrated Mason Jar Music tradition, the collective unites old friends and collaborators and gives us the opportunity to reach out to some of our favorite artists each spring to record a group of themed cover songs to be recorded or released around Memorial Day.
Produced by Mason Jar Music
Recorded by Dan Knobler, Jon Seale, and Jacob Blumberg Mixed by Dan Knobler and Jon Seale
Mastered by Jacob Blumberg
Recorded at Goosehead Palace in Nashville, TN and Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY.
Cover photo by Sasha Arutyunova
Memphis, Tennessee - Rodney Crowell | Written by Chuck Berry
Rodney Crowell - vocals, acoustic guitar; Jason Burger - drums & percussion; Sam Grisman - bass; Dan Knobler - organ, electric guitar; Jake Sherman - wurlitzer
Sweet City Woman - Flearoy | Written by Rich Dodson
Jon Seale - vocals; Jason Burger - drums & percussion; Zack Rosen - bass; Dan Knobler - guitars; Matt Porter - piano, wurlitzer; Jake Sherman - organ
Mississippi - The Stray Birds | written by Bob Dylan
Maya de Vitry - vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo; Oliver Craven - vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola; Charles Muench - vocals, bass; Shane Leonard - drums & percussion; Jake Sherman - organ
Chelsea Hotel #2 - Adriel Denae | Written by Leonard Cohen
Adriel Denae - vocals, wurlitzer; Jason Burger - drums; Sam Grisman - bass; Dan Knobler - electric guitar; Jake Sherman - organ
Graceland - Kai Welch | Written by Paul Simon
Kai Welch - vocals and wurlitzer; Jason Burger - drums & percussion; Michael Rinne - bass; Dan Knobler - electric guitar; Kristin Weber - harmony vocals; Jake Sherman - organ
Country Boy Down in New Orleans - Langhorne Slim | Written by Ford "Snooks" Eaglin
Sean Scolnick - vocals, guitar; Dan Knobler - baritone guitar; Jason Burger - percussion
Acadian Driftwood - Kristin Andreassen | Written by Robbie Robertson
Kristin Andreassen - vocals; Chris Eldridge - acoustic guitar; Jason Burger - drums & percussion; Michael Rinne - bass; Dan Knobler - electric guitar, high strung guitar, banjo; Jake Sherman - organ, piano; 10 String Symphony (Christian Sedelmyer & Rachel Baiman) - fiddles; Maya De Vitry - harmony vocals; Oliver Craven - harmony vocals
In A Good Place Now - Courtney Hartman | Written by Bobby Charles
Courtney Hartman - vocals, guitar; Jason Burger - drums; Zack Rosen - bass; Dan Knobler - guitar; Jake Sherman - organ
Tennessee Blues - Kelsey Waldon | Written by Bobby Charles
Kelsey Waldon - vocals; Miles Miller - harmony vocals; Jason Burger - drums; Michael Rinne - bass; Dan Knobler - guitars; Chris Eldridge - mandolin; Brett Resnick - pedal steel
Rodney Crowell appears courtesy of New West Records, The Stray Birds appear courtesy of Yep Roc Records, Langhorne Slim appears courtesy of Dualtone Records, Courtney Hartman appears courtesy of Rounder Records
Carrie, Katrina, Rodney Crowell, Adriel Denae, Kai Welch, Kristin Andreassen, Kelsey Waldon, Langhorne Slim, Bob Dylan, Bobby Charles, Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen, Rich Dodson & The Stampeders, Snooks Eaglin, Robbie Robertson & The Band, Paul Simon, Millie, Gus, Bailey, John & Rosanne, Seatree MD & SP, Richard, Dean & Rita, Doug.
A big thank you to Jason, Sam, Michael, Jake, Matt, Zack, Oliver, Maya, Charlie, Shane, Critter, Christian, Rachel, and Jacob for lending your time and talents.