Local 913, Episode 31: Stutter Steps
Stutter Steps is the musical project of Ben Harrison, who also happens to be the curator for performing arts at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. In Fall of 2012, Harrison decided that it was time to create his first studio record after several DIY recordings in the past. He assembled a group of local musician friends and headed to the Laurel Highlands the following year to a make an album in an isolated cabin in the woods.
“Growing up in a rural area, I always like that Falling Water/Powder Mill/ Laurel Highlands area. It’s such a bucolic setting back in the woods, with this stream that runs behind the cabin. It really takes you away from day to day. I think there are some warm tones on the record, kind of like a 70’s Nashville vibe on a couple of songs. I don’t know how to describe it, but I think it kind of made its way in the overall fell of the record.”
Stutter Steps’ album also features a very special guest: Dean Wareham of Luna and also Dean and Britta.
“[I’ve gotten] to know him over the last 8 years with collaborations through The Warhol and film projects, and working with him and Britta, particularly on the '13 Most Beautiful Project.' Coming out of that project, I asked him if he would contribute a guitar part. When we were arranging that song, we could just kind of hear it, like 'Boy, that could use a nice, dreamy guitar part!' He was up for it, which was extremely gratifying.”
Click below to listen to “Fog” from the new Stutter Steps album and check out their Facebook page to learn more.