Big Sky 12 is a music project developed at Lonesome Dog Studio in Columbia, SC. The goal was to record some great songs showcasing the talents and skills of local musicians and friends and we did just that.
 
The core musicians at the heart of this project were myself, Lisa Brillinger on drums and percussions, and Jim Morse on Bass. The idea behind the project was simple, myself or someone involved with the project supplied song material or an idea then based on whichever musician was in the mix at that time, they would work it up and through to a finished composition. The finished piece would be recorded, engineered, and produced by me at Lonesome Dog Studio then mastered for final compilation.
After a year of dedication and hard work we have created twelve most excellent songs ranging from Power Pop to Country Pop and several points in between. It's been a fascinating and artistically rewarding journey and we look forward to getting these songs out there for everyone to hear and enjoy                                                                                            - Jerry Axson
A list of the most excellent musicians taking part in this project are -
 
Lisa Brillinger - Drums and percussions
Jim Morse - Bass, vocals, song writing
Pamela Dale - 12 String Acoustic Guitar
Ashleigh Lane Morse - Composition, Piano
Jerry Axson - Vocals, guitar, keyboards, song writing

GALLERY

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"What Would You Have Me To Do" sessions

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"What Would You Have Me To Do" session drum set up

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"What Would You Have Me To Do" session bass work

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"What Would You Have Me To Do" session bass rig prep set up

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"What Would You Have Me To Do" session bass tracking

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"What Would You Have Me To Do" sessions with Lisa Brillinger

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Lisa Brillinger's electronic practice kit

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Behringer Xenyx 2442FX mixing console

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"Only You Can Touch Me" session drum tracking

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"Only You Can Touch Me" session drum tracking

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"Only You Can Touch Me" session drum tracking

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"Only You Can Touch Me" session bass tracking

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"Only You Can Touch Me" session bass tracking

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Ashleigh Lane Morse

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Jerry Axson

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"Running Days Gone" piano tracking session with Jerry Axson

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"Running Days Gone" chimes tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Running Days Gone" acoustic guitar tracking session with Pamela Dale

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"Running Days Gone" vocal tracking session with Jim Morse

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"Running Days Gone" vocal tracking session with Jim Morse

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"Tank Full Of Gas" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Tank Full Of Gas" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Tank Full Of Gas" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Save Me For A Rainy Day" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Save Me For A Rainy Day" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Save Me For A Rainy Day" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"The Savage And The Tamed" bass tracking session with Jerry Axson and Jim Morse

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Lonesome Dog Music studio

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Lonesome Dog Music studio

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Lonesome Dog Music studio

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Lonesome Dog Music studio

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"I Can't Find No One" bass tracking session with Jim Morse

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"I Can't Find No One" bass tracking session with Jim Morse

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"I Can't Find No One" bass tracking session with Jim Morse

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"I Can't Find No One" drum tracking session with Lisa Brillinger

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"Caesar Spoke" vocal tracking session with Jerry Axson

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"Caesar Spoke" vocal tracking session with Jerry Axson

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"Caesar Spoke" vocal tracking session with Jerry Axson

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Project post production mix down to master with Jerry Axson

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Project post production mix down to master with Jerry Axson

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Project post production mix down to master with Jerry Axson

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Project close group picture with Jerry Axson, Lisa Brillinger, and Jim Morse

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Spent the past week applying the master template to our newly arrived CD packages.

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I have to say the end product turned out beautifully - God bless John Warnock, Charles Geschke, and Postscript.

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Eco wallet fold out with inside slip sleeve design complete with 12 page full color lyric booklet.

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CD packaging - Yummy!!!

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After 13 months of very hard work you are looking at some proud musicians who just completed a 12 song project that contains some of the catchiest, enjoyable, and solid rock and roll songs to come out of South Carolina in a while, (and I ain't braggin'). — with Jerry Axson, Lisa Brillinger and Jim Morse.

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The levels of composition, musicianship, and professionalism put in to this project will be something we can proudly carry with us for a long time, (and we had a lot of fun doing it too!). — with Jerry Axson, Lisa Brillinger and Jim Morse.

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Our song "Go Tell My Brother" from our new release "The Savage And The Tamed" got some airplay by the legendary Genya Ravan on her Sirius Satellite Radio show Goldie's Garage, (part of Steven Van Zandts Underground Garage at radio channel 21). We are really proud she liked it enough to give it a spin and we encourage everyone with Sirius to listen and support her show because she's doing SO MUCH for unsigned bands worldwide - the woman is awesome!

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PACKAGING

Below you will find PDF files containing the cover artwork and the lyric insert booklet sheets that go with this project release. You will also find the Big Sky 12 EPK, (Electronic Press Kit), with information and hot links to project resources.

These items are downloadable and printable for your convenience.

The Savage And The Tamed

Cover artwork

Lyric book insert

Electronic Press Kit

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT IT...

Finally got a chance to sit and listen to the record you worked on and wow, you guys should be really proud! Jerry has a very nice voice and crafts great songs. The flow of the music often puts Gerry Rafferty in my mind (high praise). There's a lot going on in each song and his arrangements reward repeated listens which is awesome! Overall I'm a guitar freak so I especially love the solos in "Only You Can Touch Me" (probably my favorite tune). I remember liking "Two Degrees" a lot from the version you sent me earlier. "Go Tell My Brother" has a great intro and guitar solo. I also think the drums are especially awesome on this track, you filled up the space perfectly! "Running Days" would fit on the first two Pure Prairie League records (nice)! Bonnie heard "Andante" playing and liked it so much she asked me who it was (beautiful piano)! The title track is a mini-epic with excellent vocals and guitar and I love the chorus in "I Can't Find No One". "Right as Rayne" makes a strong finish for a strong album! Thank you for sending me the link to download the tunes, I really enjoyed it!
Mark Baldi (aka Marky Moondog)