When members of local band Junkyard Angel traveled to Nashville to record a CD, it was the experience of a lifetime.
Junkyard Angel features Stewart Marshall on vocals and electric and rhythm guitar, Jim Marshall on vocals and acoustic guitar, Scotty Rahn on lead guitar and vocals, Scott Tanner on bass and drummer Joe Ippolito.
"We recorded it in Nashville at Skyville Studios with a guy named Nick Worley, whose dad is Paul Worley," Rahn says. "Paul Worley is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer who's worked with The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum.
"Silent Hero" is Junkyard Angel's follow-up to "Medicine Jar," the band's first album, which was released in 2009. The album was produced by Nick Worley and Junkyard Angel, and additional engineering was done with Shane Baldwin at Elevated Basement Studio in Savannah.
The members of Junkyard Angel have been together since 2005. "We all love music and we all love playing music," Rahn says.
"To be playing with guys like Stewart and Jim Marshall, who have been singing together since forever, is great. Their harmonies are so tight.
"And we all get along," Rahn says. "We're kind of like family. We're lucky to be in the same group together."
Original music is a hallmark of Junkyard Angel.
"We typically write individually," Rahn says. "I've been called the chief songwriter. I really love Jim's songwriting. Stewart wrote two songs for this album. I have a handful that didn't get on the album.
"The style they're in didn't quite fit, so I'm going to save them for the next record," Rahn says.
Junkyard Angel no longer tours and plays an average of just once a month.
"Everybody's got jobs, wives, kids and lives," says Stewart Marshall.
Putting the album together was fun. "It was a joy because during the last four-year period, we've all been writing and playing with other groups," Marshall says.
There was no lack of material to record.
"My brother, Jim, who lives in Charleston, was bringing material to table," Marshall says. "By the time Scotty came back into the picture six to seven months ago, we had all this other material he'd been working on in his leave of absence.
"We had a huge selection of songs. It felt like riding a bike. We were back in the groove."
Not that the project didn't require some scheduling.
"The band members, with all their jobs, had to pick a weekend we all could get together," Marshall says.
"We had time to go to Nashville. We had the opportunity to record at Skyville Studios, where Lady Antebellum records.
"We were able to get up there and do 13 songs in two days," Marshall says. "We covered a lot of ground."
Stewart Marshall was a co-founding member of Stewart and Winfield as well as Junkyard Angel. He has shared the bill with Willie Nelson, The Jayhawks, the Zac Brown band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Taj Mahal, The Radiators, Blues Traveler, AllGood, Jupiter Coyote, Widespread Panic, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Edwin McCain, Kevn Kinney, The Blue Dogs and the Derek Trucks Band.
"When we started Junkyard Angel back in 2005, Stewart and Winfield had come off the road," Marshall says. "I started Rock the Cure, a benefit for the American Diabetes Association. We pulled together the resources to have a big band concert.
"I spoke with Scotty Rahn about doing a cover band for my brother, Joe, who does a Mick Jagger impersonation," Marshall says. "He was killing karaoke bars and making a tour of Savannah."
The result was Monkey Man, a Rolling Stones tribute band. When Joe had to scale back, Junkyard Angel was formed.
"The name came from a Bob Dylan song," Marshall says. "It fit the band so well, because we are a ragtag bunch."
At the CD release, Junkyard Angels will do a mixture of songs from both albums.
"There might be a couple of other surprises and we might have some guest musicians," Marshall says. "My sister, Margaret Marshall Bishop, sang on the record, too. It really was a family and close friend effort.
"My aunt, Ann Marshall Bailey, is a co-writer on two of the songs," he says. "She stepped in and helped us with the cover art and sketched from a photo of one of our resident characters, Howard Moore, the Sandfly Shaman, who is very spiritual and was a writer for Johnny Cash. He also grew up on Isle of Hope."
Released by Cedar Hammock Records, "Silent Hero" costs $10 and is available at iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, cdbaby.com, at junkyardangel.net or by contacting Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org. It also will be available at the release party.
"We'll play songs from the new one and the first one," Rahn says. "The audience is going to hear a set of 90 percent original material.
"We'll throw in a couple of covers for good measure, but we've never been a cover band," he says. "We never play the standard cover. The songs we cover are off the beaten path."
IF YOU GO
What: CD release party with Junkyard Angel
When: 7-10 p.m. June 14
Where: Bonna Bella Yacht Club, 2740 Livingston Ave.