Paint in the Forest is the 3rd full album release from Pros and Cons program. Recorded in Joyceville Institution between 2017 and 2019.
While the first album Postcards from the County produced at Joyceville (formerly known as Pittsburgh Institution) in 2014 stayed in an "inescapably honest and raw" (Exclaim!) folk/country genre, this new collection of songs, Paint in the Forest, explores a variety of music from reggae/funk to country to indie rock.
The track “High on Music” confronts the struggle of drug addiction that many inmates combated. "Go Funk Yourself" continues in a celebratory vein, with a determined defiance and optimism in the face of adversity where music is also this inmate’s coping mechanism. “Lord Prepare Me” a traditional Methodist hymn, is another standout on the collection, sung beautifully in English and Tamil.
Released May 15, 2020
Pros and Cons would like to thank:
Bruce Irwin at Joyceville Minimum for making this all happen.
The Warden and Staff at Joyceville Minimum for their support and help along the way.
RDC Scott Harris for his support and encouragement.
All corrections staff that have supported this project through its evolution
Jake Bury would like to thank Hugh Christopher Brown.
Production: Pros and Cons Program
Mixing and production: Hugh Christopher Brown and Jake Bury
Additional Production: Wolfe Island Records
Mastering: North of Princess Recording Studio