Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Steve Baskin’s song “Cutting Room Floor” from his upcoming album Mind Your Step, due out on April 3rd. Mind Your Step was produced by Steve Baskin and Rich Herring; mixed by Rich Herring at Trax Productions, Nashville, TN; recorded by Mark Neill at Soil of the South Studios, Valdosta, GA with additional tracks recorded by Steve Baskin at Underground Studio in Atlanta, GA. It was mastered by Colin Leonard at SING Mastering, Atlanta, GA using SING Technology®. “Cutting Room Floor” is Steve Baskin on lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Roger Brainard on electric lead guitar; Brian Hudson on drums; Franher Joseph on bass; Barry Best on organ; Ben Davis on tenor and baritone sax; Paul Poovey on trumpet; Mackensie Rosser on background vocals and Mark Neill on tambourine.
Mind Your Step is a must-have for anyone who fancies swaggery music with horns. Give this song a listen to whet your whistle then pre-order the album.
My last record, Dead Rock Star, was put together as the soundtrack for a screenplay that I’d written. So I already had my head wrapped around the idea of movies and editing. In our songwriting process, one of the ideas that Roger Brainard threw out was Killing Floor – which quickly got me to ‘Cutting Room Floor.’ From there I just fell into the idea of a fellow who’d always seen himself as the leading man, but he starts to get it that he was being edited out of her life.”
I think this was one of Mark Neill’s favorites, and he worked the band until we had it right. I’m pretty sure that we nailed the track after just two or three takes. But that was after spending hours working on that Motown groove. Mark also brought in Mackensie Rosser, a Valdosta singer who had worked with Mark at Soil of the South before. I believe that the track we used was either her first or second take. Beautiful singer. — Steve Baskin
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