Ash & Cinder
Fire in the Field
Boston-based Fire in the Field returns with the studio album Ash & Cinder, eight tracks of the seasoned outfit exploring their blues and folk roots with their ever pouding heavy fury. A band known for their impenetrable riffs, has a new offering off the beaten path, familiar, yet ever deeper down the rabbit hole. The initial inspiration for
Boston-based Fire in the Field returns with the studio album Ash & Cinder, eight tracks of the seasoned outfit exploring their blues and folk roots with their ever pouding heavy fury. A band known for their impenetrable riffs, has a new offering off the beaten path, familiar, yet ever deeper down the rabbit hole. The initial inspiration for songs like “Hummingbird” for example, the seed of that music took place in 2008 on acoustic guitar in a backyard on a sunny day in August, tuned to open D like the blues great like Skip James. Another, “One Lie” and even “Guillotine”, these tracks first musical germinated in 2015 or 2016, inspired by players like R.L. Burnside or Mississippi John Hurt.
The band: Jared Graham (Drums), Jeff Badolato (Bass), Mike Moore (Vocals/Guitar), recorded basic tracks at New Alliance Audio in Somerville, MA in the October fall of 2019 with Tony Hamoui co-producing with the band and assistant engineering with Ethan Dussault as lead engineer. This record was referred to as “the blues album” by the crew, before the title came along and was intended to be a direct follow up to Resurrect which was already in the can and ready for release at the time. Needless to say the pandemic followed suit and the recording session was abandoned. Ash & Cinder came together over time though with Andrew Blowen (keyboards & backing vocals), and Lindsay Paige Garfield (backing vocals) tracking their harmonies from their house while Mike overdubbed acoustic guitars in his apartment. The band noticed the songs referred to as “the blues album” stood the test of time through the major societal shift since conception. The blues is for always. The tracks were mastered to crisp perfection by Nick Zampiello of New Alliance East.
“They’re just songs that have the blues deep down in them, even though it’s us doing it in our own feel,” says Jeff Badolato of the band. In a way it feels appropriate since releasing all the Fire in the Field music over these long years the band arrives with Ash & Cinder in a reflective tone and depthful exploration of the power of blues and rock n’ roll together. credits released December 1, 2023
Mike Moore - Vocals/Guitars/Lyrics Jeff Badolato - Bass Jared Graham - Drums Andrew Blowen - Keyboards/Backing Vocals Lindsay Paige Garfield - Backing Vocals
New Alliance Audio - Somerville, MA Lead Engineer - Ethan Dussault Assistant Engineer - Tony Hamoui
Hamstank Studios - Somerville, MA Vocal Engineer - Tony Hamoui Mix Engineer - Tony Hamoui
New Alliance East - Somerville, MA Mastering Engineer Nick Zampiello
Album Artwork by Krista Camacho
Ash & Cinder Official Music Videos (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiclOQj_ZLSLFCkgLuUBEXhuWdX605KI0)