Following a summer in the newly- built MST Studios, Nederland-based Mountain Standard Time—known for its “Rocky Mountain FreeGrass” sound—crafted a collection of fan-favorites and entirely new material into their latest album, “Highway Lines.”
For the first time, band members took on the role of producer and engineer, as they constructed each track entirely themselves. From set-up in the studio, to recording, to engineering and mixing, the band has prepared a new album that is “truly personal and organic.”
“We wanted to create a group of songs that would resonate well with a wide audience and also leave space for interpretation in live performance,” Nick Dunbar said. “These are some of the tunes we hope people will be singing with us and sharing with family and friends—the first set of many to come.”
The band created its own mobile studio to record the album after raising funds on Kickstarter. Rather than get money to pay for a limited amount of studio time, band members decided it was smarter to build their own studio and take their time crafting the tunes and well as capture high quality recordings of live performances. The project produced $18,801 in 30 days.
While the entire band—including Dunbar on mandolin, Ryan Ebarb on piano, Otis Lande on bass, Zack Scott on drums and Stanton Sutton on guitar—produced and mixed the music, it was engineered by Ebarb and mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder.
“Highway Lines” is available free as a high-quality download at www.mstband.com. Additional tour dates, music and other information can also be found online.
Mountain Standard Time
2) Speckley Boy
3) Eat My Shorts
4) Highway Lines
5) Simple Summer Night
6 Think Again
7 Dog Down
9 Over You
Jan. 14: Barkley Ballroom, Frisco
Jan. 16: Ullr’s Tavern, Winter Park
Feb. 12: Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins
Feb. 13: Bluebird Theatre, Denver
Feb. 14: Fox Theatre, Boulder
Originally published in the January 2015 issue of the MMAC Monthly