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Building The American Hotel > Mike Brown - American Hotel
 
 

building the American Hotel

This isn't how it was supposed to be. Six years ago, Mike Brown set out to record a simple collection of songs… personal landscapes and little corners of his life. Back then, the American Hotel was just the bar where he would drink.  That was when he started to hear things.  First it was pedal steel, and then wurlitzer, then voices.  These little glimpses grew into a dream of all the sounds that would show up on this record.  It would have been easy enough for Mike to fake it and try to make these noises himself.  But instead, he made a list of all the people who, through their music, had become synonymous with those subtle shades painted in his head.  As it turns out, making a record is a lot like being on the road.  You set out with a decent sense of where you're going, but you really don't get anywhere until you start trusting the turns.  

On a lark, Mike started reaching out to all the people on his list.  There was no reason for them to take his calls or answer the letters, save for the fact that players pretty much just want to play.  If he could find his way to them, most everyone was inclined to add their bit to the record.  So Mike loaded the van… his American Hotel… setting out to collect these performances and whatever else he might find along the way.  Thousands of miles later, this journey has wound through busy intersections and quiet back roads in all 50 states (once you've made it to 46 or 47, you may as well go the rest of the way).  As the road continued to unfold new songs emerged, making room for more music, more moments to capture.  Recorded in living rooms and truck stops, studios and parking lots, all told, 75 musicians generously lent their talents… guests in this American Hotel.

Six years later this record is what it is because of how it was made. It's a road record in the purest sense… a reflection of the vivid and the vague.  Six years later, this record is a web site.  Trust the turns, right?  These pages are an invitation to tour the American Hotel, and if you're interested in a picking up a copy of your own, of course there's a way to do that.  Enjoy the visit and hopefully one day paths will cross along the way.


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