James Patrick Carey

Update: Picasso's Brush


Hey all! Here's an update on what's been happening since I last let y'all know what the shizzy was. I'm nearing the finish line with my latest album Picasso's Brush. All of the recording went swimmingly in October and November. I returned home to California and finished up the piano parts at Cantaloupe Studio in LA with Douglas Pipes lending his engineering talents. Doug also lent his true expertise helping me to arrange one of the songs for a 40 piece string orchestra! The Budapest Scoring Orchestra in Hungary did a magnificent job, I even got a bunch of video from the session. After that was all finished I shipped the material up to Greg Schutte who recorded and then mixed everything. Being the ever (annoying) perfectionist, I flew back up to Minnesota in May to help polish up the mix a bit and came home very happy. The question then was, "who the hell do I go to for mastering?" For those of you who don't know, the final process in recording an album is called mastering. It's when a very specialized engineer takes all of the songs and puts a final polish on them. It's actually much more complicated than that...but only Sith Lords are allowed know what mastering is truly about. But I digress! Bob Thiele is a guy who was kind enough to respond to one of my emails a few years ago on my last album. He was the music supervisor for all of the Sons Of Anarchy music. His response years ago was something like, "good job!" So I thought I'd email him again on the off chance that he'd respond. The email was pretty simple, "I don't know anything about mastering. Do you? If so, can you point me in a direction?" Lo and behold the guy responded within an hour and told me that he knows nothing but that he trusts his music with Howie Weinberg. After looking at Howie's website I thought there was no way he'd work on my stuff. The guy mastered Nevermind by Nirvana and Hysteria by Def Leppard for God's sake...among a ton of other legendary records. But I thought, what the hell, and called him anyway. He was a hell of a nice guy and said all the right things. "I'll make your stuff sound beautiful. You'll love it. I'll work magic." He certainly talked the talk, but he most definitely has walked the walk, so I believed him! A few days later I went to his house in one of the LA "canyons" in order to give a listen and to pay him. On my way there I got a little nervous because I realized, without knowing his name, I've been admiring his work for decades: Prince, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks...and the list goes on. This is THE guy I want mastering my music...and it's actually happening! I got to his house and after a friendly hello he showed me to his mastering suite and pressed play. The whole house shook with how beautifully loud it was. I was utterly blown away, and still am. I've said this before but I'll say it again, the lesson I'm taking home from this is - if you think something is impossible, try it anyway! So to finish this long and yet unfinished story and to try to condense, I'm now talking to a graphic designer to do the art work, and the CD replicator where everything will eventually end up. All of this should be wrapping up within the next few weeks. Which means a release date of Octoberish! Stay tuned for more. And THANK YOU for reading!

New Album: Picasso's Brush


Hello hello!

So excited about the new record! 10 days of recording at The Bathtub Shrine recording studio in Minneapolis are finished. It was an amazing experience with some old and new faces on this one. You'll be happy to know that my brother and sister, Joe and Jess, are returning with vigor. Expect a lot of vocal harmony from all 3 of us on this round of tunes, along with Joe's tasty guitar treats. He and I are also sharing the producer chair...don't worry, no fights broke out...well maybe a couple. Also in the performance room are returning bass player, Nick Salisbury; and new (to me) drummer, Jordan Carlson. Epic jobs were done by these guys. Behind the glass, engineering and mixing the project is Greg Schutte, who has a truly great place and mind for music making. There will be some surprises too with some string arrangements, and perhaps some bagpipes. Currently, I'm just finishing up the recording process before Greg works his mixing magic. The legendary Douglas Pipes is lending his studio and arranging expertise to this fine piece of work, and I'm so very grateful. To him and to all! Expect a release in early 2018! It will be called PICASSO'S BRUSH. Stay tuned here at the website and I will make sure to keep you up to date!

DAY 8 In The Studio!


DAY 8 update: A week and a half of very little sleep. A perspective on a new (to me) recording/mixing process. A day of singing backups and harmonizing with my brother and sister? HELL YES!!!



AND a delightful little sample of Jess singing backups. She's in the performance room while we sit, amazed, in the control room.

One Month Later


Hey Everybody!

Scoundrels & Saints has been out for one month now. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the release show in Minneapolis, and to those who've bought the CD! The show was a raving success! Seeing all of you, and playing with Nick, Ben, Joe and Jess was wonderful beyond words. Also I'm happy to say that  the downloads for Scoundrels & Saints are much better than I thought they'd be. I'm delighted that it's getting out there into the world and hope that everyone is digging the music! So tell your friends about it and help me get it out there even more! :) I hope you're all having a great Spring! Good thoughts to all of you!

Here are some links to share if you feel so inclined!

On this site: http://jamespatrickcarey.com/store/

On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/scoundrels-saints/id830890042

And here's a photo of the release night. It's the only one I could find, and I lifted it off of someone's Facebook page. Ha! (I seriously need to start taking more photos)


Short Documentary of Scoundrels & Saints


Here is a short documentary of Scoundrels & Saints. A very special thank you to Arthur Phillips for his expertise in making this! The album will be available on iTunes on March 9th. Hoping to see EVERYONE at the CD release party on Saturday, March 8th @ Aster Cafe in Minneapolis. For details, scroll down.




I hope everyone’s holidays were wonderful and spent with people you love. I spent a few days in Minnesota with my family. All 5 siblings were present, and of course Mom and Dad. It was grand! Christmas was white (which is awesome), and cold (which is ok in small doses, but -11F is pushing it). I flew back to California on Christmas Day and my brother Jason joined me a few days later. He lives in London and decided to spend some time in a warm climate for some R&R before heading back across the pond. It was great to have him here and show him around. OK, enough about that stuff and down to business: my record, Scoundrels & Saints!


The finishing touches are being made right now. All of the sonic stuff is done, Kristen Stegman was gracious enough to take some photos of me, Rob Genadek did a wonderful job mastering the songs, and now it’s just design and a couple of other things before I send it off to get it pressed. This all brings me to some news:


My brother Joe and I have decided to do a double CD release party, both his and mine! It’s going to be on March 8th at The Aster Café in Minneapolis! This is the night before my birthday, so I expect you ALL to be there!!! More details to come, so stay tuned.


I hope everyone has an amazing 2014 filled with great music, love, and prosperity! Thanks for taking a look at my page and I’ll see you all soon!


Scoundrels And Saints


OK so it's exactly one month after we have finished recording. First I have to say that it could not have gone any better if it were a dream! Everyone was on fire in the studio. Nick Salisbury, Ben Kaplan, Rob Genadek, Jessica Carey, and Joe Carey you are my HEROES! If anyone is considering recording an album I highly recommend The Brewhouse Studio. Perhaps I will put some video up as I very loosely kept a video blog during that 2 week period. I've decided on a title: Scoundrels And Saints. And Joe and I are working on details for a CD release party to happen in March 2014. In the mean time I have to get everything mastered, take some photos, get some artwork done, and a ton of other things. I will keep y'all posted with every step though. I do have to say that it sounds great and I can't wait to get it out there for other people to hear!

There is a video that our Dad took that I'd like to post, but I think it might be too big. Anyway, there is a song called Clouds and basically the whole thing is done as a 3 part vocal that Joe and Jess and I all wrote together. This is how the video happened: I wanted to try to record all of our vocals at the same time (Side note: it's quite uncommon to record more than one vocal at a time in a studio because everybody has to be spot-on the whole time. One person makes a mistake, and the whole track has to be redone). I asked Rob the studio master if we could give it a shot and he said it wouldn't be a problem. I haven't ever recorded 3 part in the same room at the same time....it was pretty wonderful. Our parents were there at the time, so we asked our Dad to come in and take some video of us as we tracked. The video he took is the take that we ended up keeping and it's fun (at least to me) to watch. You can only hear us singing and no music as we all have headphones on. So we'll see if I can get that up here on the website.

Oh and lastly, I just put up a bunch of studio pics on the photo page. Take a gander.

Hoping you're all doing great. Thanks for stopping by.



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