Katy artist Sara Davis Regan released a new album May 1 which she wrote, performed and produced herself – with a little help from her former producer, Chris Jacobie who coached her through the …
Katy artist Sara Davis Regan released a new album May 1 which she wrote, performed and produced herself – with a little help from her former producer, Chris Jacobie who coached her through the process, she said. Jacobie mixed the album and acted as a consultant to help her get everything right, she said.
“(Jacobie) selflessly encouraged me to pursue production myself because it would enable me to do it from my home and I wouldn’t have to drive hours to do it,” Regan said. “So I did. I bought the equipment I needed and I learned how to produce.”
Regan said Jacobie’s help on the new album, entitled “Riverland,” brings to fruition another step in her long-running love of music that began with car rides with her dad with The Doobie Brothers cranked. Her father was joined by her brother in inspiring her which prompted her to start learning guitar in fifth grade, she said. She went on to perform in church youth groups, band at school and eventually sold out shows in various Austin venues before she and her husband, David Regan moved to Katy about four years ago.
Since then, Regan said she’s had to adjust to having less access to the music mentors and “live music capital of the world” resources she had been used to in Austin.
“We moved to Katy and just through the almost four years we’ve been here the environment has forced me to be a little more creative with the process of putting out music,” Regan said.
With her husband’s and Jacobie’s support, Regan said she has managed to put together a record she’s really proud of with “Riverland,” the follow up to her 2017 album, “Summit Hour.” She wrote the album and recorded and mixed it herself in her home studio, she said, but having Jacobie walking her through the producing portion of it all was really helpful.
Jacobie mixed the album for her, she said.
Regan said her husband’s support was key to her being able to continue on as a musician and she appreciated his support that has been consistent despite the challenges that come with being a musician.
“He’s always had my back and it’s tricky,” Regan said. “We talked about it and figured it out. He doesn’t take it too seriously but he’s always completely in on these dreams of music.”
Regan’s inspiration for the album came from a wide variety of places, she said. From her father’s love of The Doobie Brothers – which is more in the album than she’d first realized – to Alt J and Bluegrass artists, there’s a little bit of everything in her sound, she said. She was also inspired by Ben Howard.
“I feel like he coined the whole acoustic with delay on it,” Regan said. “There’s a song on the album that reminds me of that.”
The album is being distributed digitally only at first, Regan said. It became available on Spotify and other platforms, including iTunes last Friday. Several of her songs are available through her video channel on YouTube as well.
With the new coronavirus pandemic, getting out to play and promote the album like she would like is difficult, Regan said. While she would love to be performing live and entertaining people, she said she can wait for the pandemic to be done to make sure fans are safe.
“I don’t have anything planned right now. I mean, obviously a live concert isn’t really an option right now,” Regan said.