Krist Novoselic (Nirvana/Eyes Adrift)
We brought the finished tracks to John Plymale in North Carolina and he mixed it and added sheen. He used a lot of old compressors and tube stuff to rough it up, I like to balance analog and digital. We used some old amps - I used an old Ampeg flip-top - and some old ribbon mics. Just a few years ago, a record that sounds like this would have been impossible for this price.
Mac McCaughan (Superchunk/Portastatic/Merge Records)
I'm always looking for an excuse to record versions of songs I love, and I'm always looking for an excuse to work with John Plymale (who's recorded and mixed both Superchunk and Portastatic records), so when I was approached about doing this, and to benefit such important research, I was eager to take part and am honored to be a part of it.
Katharine Whalen (Squirrel Nut Zippers)
I was working on some songs with Greg Humphreys and he told me about the Songs For Sixty Five Roses Project. As a parent and friend, I wanted to contribute in any way I could. My heart goes out to John's family and the entire CF community.
Songs for Sixty Five Roses has been a really special project for me. John Plymale is an old friend, and through the Children's Hospital at UNC Chapel Hill, I've understood just a little bit about just how much Cystic Fibrosis needs to be gone from this world. This track was pretty special to me musically, too. It reunited our band from a few years back, a band that still remains close and knows how to get to the heart of things.
Shorty Brown (Squirrel Nut Zippers)
Though some of this album (Bedlam Ballroom) was done at Kingsway, we also got to try out Mitch Easters new studio in NC. What a treat. Andrew Bird did some beautiful string arrangements on this one. He seemed to be reaching new levels. But he always was. Besides Mike Napolitano, we had the beautiful John Plymale working with us. I still dont know if he ever gets in a bad mood, but I sincerely doubt it.