Freedom to Fail
2012 album from the Austin-based singer/songwriter. The Freedom to Fail marks an exploration into new territory for Forsyth. Rather than focus his efforts solely on making an album that embodied the energy surrounding he and his band's dynamic live performances, Forsyth instead opted to create a work that doubled as a message to his young daughter, instilling upon her that she had to grow up feeling the freedom to fail. Produced by Matt Smith and recorded at the Lost Oasis Studio in Austin, Texas, the Freedom to Fail finds Forsyth handling a wide array of stringed instruments both contemporary and traditional, including the banjo, mandolin, baritone guitar, and harp guitar a 12-stringed instrument made popular at the turn of the 20th century. Forsyth's diverse play gets a boost in the form of support players like local icon Jon Dee Graham, fellow Asylum Street Spankers alum John Doyle and multi-instrumentalist Sick, trumpeter Oliver Steck, and stalwart (and newly married) rhythm section of drummer Nina Singh-Botta and bassist Jeff Botta.