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Jason Weinheimer spends most of his time making other musicians sound great. As an engineer and producer at his Fellowship Hall Sound studios in Little Rock, AR, he's attracted some of the region's most lauded songwriters and performers: John Moreland, Hayes Carll, Shinyribs, John Fullbright, Jesse Aycock, Pony Bradshaw, and Jim Mize, among many others. But Weinheimer has never fully given up writing and performing his own music, sporadically releasing records under the moniker The Libras, hand-picking collaborators from the hundreds of musicians he's befriended over the years both on the road and in the studio. The forthcoming Libras release Faded features many of Weinheimer's frequent session collaborators.

"It was an accidental record," Weinheimer says. "With the onset of the pandemic, all of my musician friends found themselves suddenly without gigs or sessions, so we started sending tracks back and forth just to pass the time and keep ourselves entertained. The next thing I knew, I had 10 songs that felt like they represented this moment." The players are some of the best in the business. They consist of Paul Griffith (John Prine, Amanda Shires), Al Gamble (St. Paul and the Broken Bones), Paddy Ryan (John Fullbright, Parker Milsap), Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans, Elizabeth Cook), Arnold Kim (Yellow Hope Project), Chris Michaels (Jim Mize), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Mark Franklin (Greg Allman, Booker T and the MG’s), and Kirk Smothers (Bo Keys, Buddy Guy).

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