How to Make an Album with the Company Stores

May 23, 2015

The band looks on as Don Dixon rocks out on air guitar
Credit Matt Jackfert

Ever wondered how a band makes it from garage to professional studio? Join us this Memorial Day on radio as we go inside the making of an album. We track Charleston-based band The Company Stores as they create their first album Rollin' In. On Monday night at 8 PM, Matt Jackfert will walk you through each step and will give you a behind-the-scenes tour as we listen in on the planning and recording of the album. 

You'll get to meet each member of the band, and you'll hear from Don Dixon, who has produced gold records and has worked with bands like R.E.M.  The mad scientist was able to run his equipment like no other to record a masterful album. 

Only Don Dixon can understand what is going on in this mess.

Many aspects of the album took serious work and planning. But some were spontaneous and whimsical, including the photoshoot at a log cabin in Charleston, where a Candy Feast took their Willy Wonka cover song "Pure Imagination" to a much more hedonistic level. It also served as a theme for the album as a 5-pound gummy bear adorns each CD cover. 

Other aspects were surprising as the band was at first denied from playing at the 2013 Bramwell Beer Festival, but was then later was asked to headline. This is one of the many venues The Company Stores has played in its short existence. 

Don Dixon on the Air Guitar as Matt, Casey and Joey look on.
Credit Matt Jackfert

Hear all of these stories and more, plus the steps to making your own album on How to Make an Album with the Company Stores. Monday night at 8 on radio. 

Band Members:
Casey Litz -- Singer
Matt Marks -- Guitar
Joseph Cevallos -- Violin, Trumpet, Harmonica, and a lot of other stuff
John Query -- Percussion
Grant Jacobs -- Bassist

Joey Liegel -- Former Bassist

More on their music visit thecompanystores.com.