Hot Club Sandwich

No Pressure

No Pressure

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Set One

Swang Thang 198

361418-TRACK

No Pressure 249

361419-TRACK

New Gravy Waltz 242

361420-TRACK

Winter Rain 354

361421-TRACK

Melancholy April 257

361422-TRACK

Rockin' Chair 288

361423-TRACK

Odiame 229

361424-TRACK

Black Pot Coozie 250

361425-TRACK

What A Pretty Miss 182

361426-TRACK

Palm Springs 203

361427-TRACK

It Ain't Right 207

361428-TRACK

Lillys Bolero 199

361429-TRACK

The Other Side of the Pillow 229

361430-TRACK

St. James Infirmary 298

361431-TRACK

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Show Notes
  • No Pressure, the fifth recording from Puget Sound string swing ensemble Hot Club Sandwich, is a special addition to the group’s catalog, featuring a guest appearance from David Grisman. The band spent a few winter days together, improvising a recording studio in an old boarding house on the Olympic Peninsula. The occasion yielded fourteen songs recorded fireside, and the room vibe resonates throughout. In addition to playing mandolin on several songs, Dawg offered creative suggestions and helped to craft the arrangements.

    Dawg’s composition Swang Thang leads off the record with twin mandolins on the melody.  The band passes improvisations around the room, with Kevin Connor on Selmer-style guitar, Joseph Mascorella on drums, James Schneider on bass, Matt Sircely on mandolin, and Tim Wetmiller on violin. The second song and title track, No Pressure, composed by the band’s seasoned guitarist Ray Wood and his songwriting partner Vann Cantin, sets the scene for a Louisiana back-porch. Ray delivers his delicate, intentional melody on the guitar. Remarkably, after more than 65 years of musical appearances, this is Wood’s first lead vocal performance on record: ‘Got no pressure, I’m where I wanna be’.

    The band presents its own interpretations of jazz manouche alongside a bolero romantico, with several swing tunes at dance tempo and vocal contributions from multiple band members. Hoagy Carmichael’s Rockin’ Chair precedes a Peruvian waltz from the same era. The cover art was painted by Tracy Grisman, and she also sings the final song, a striking version of St. James Infirmary.