Oakes & Smith // First Flight // 2013

In summer 2011, Kate Smith and I began work on our debut album, recording drums, bass, acoustic guitar and piano. In summer, 2012, we ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter to raise the money needed to finish the overdubs, mixing and mastering. The album was released independently in the fall of 2013. For more about this project, click here.

1. Once
2. Factory Girl
3. You Beside Me
4. Oceans Apart
5. Before Dawn
6. Hold On To Your Dream
7. By the Ocean
8. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
9. Being Broken
10. First Flight
11. Stay True
12. When I Woke

Released: Nov 19, 2013

Katherine Smith: vocals, fretted dulcimer
Robert Oakes: vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, bamboo flute, synth
Conor Meehan: drums and percussion
Dan Fabricatore: upright and electric bass
Zack Cross: acoustic and electric piano, organ, synth, accordion
Justin Hillman: acoustic guitar, banjitar, mandolin, ukulele
Stephen Chopek: drums and percussion on 'Factory Girl'
and percussion on 'Once' and 'You Beside Me'
Jason Loughlin: electric guitar on 'Once' and 'Stay True'
Melissa Hyman: cello on 'Before Dawn'
Noah Hoffeld: cello on 'Once' and 'Being Broken'
Eric Martin: violin and viola on 'Factory Girl'
Ken Rosser: electric guitar on 'Hold on to Your Dream'
Gregoíre Pearce: electric and nylon string guitar on 'Being Broken'
backing vocals by Sarah St. Denis, Gregoíre Pearce and Justin Hillman

All songs by Robert oakes (BMI), except 'Oceans Apart' and 'Being Broken,' 
written by Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith (©2010-2011)
and except 'Factory Girl' and 'Poor Wayfaring Stranger,' traditional

Initial tracking done at The Isokon, Woodstock, NY
engineered by D. James Goodwin and Eli Walker

Stephen Chopek’s drums and percussion recorded at
Clover's House of Love, Brooklyn, NY

Editing and additional engineering by Jason Loughlin

Additional editing and engineering by Justin Hillman

Produced by Oakes & Smith

Additional production by Thom Soriano, Jason Loughlin and Jemal Wade Hines

Mixed by Oz Fritz

Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios, Turtle Creek, PA

Artwork by Katherine Smith, photos and layout by Oakes & Smith