Filming commenced at Sugar Cube Studios in Winnipeg in late November and mid-December '23.
Wonderful was first recorded in 2012 by Orvis with Sean Polden (drums) and Kyle Hauser (bass) at Private Ear Recording in Winnipeg. The finished track appears on the Orvis Thomas EP available on all streaming platforms. A new version was recorded in '23 at Studio-23 with Jeff Laird (drums), and Rory Verbrugge (pedal steel) who worked remotely, with Orvis laying down bass, guitars, and vocals. Both men have performed with Orvis at his much lauded Orvis Sings country music concert series at the Park Theatre, which as of October '23 heralded the debut of Orvis & His Higher Guns in their most recent iteration. Wonderful, a Higher Guns track in essence and spirit with the added haunting steel by Verbrugge, is an excellent teaser to the Orvis & His Higher Guns brand of Country-Rock coming your way from Orvis and the boys later in 2024.
"I absolutely adore the pedal steel on this track. I'd commissioned Rory to record a part. Never heard it till the mixing was done. Blew my mind! Kudos, good sir! A couple of elements I'd wanted didn't make it in time. But more than a few did. More than a few allusions to great works by influences. Tangled up in blue. Best of my love. Take it for what it is." - O
Sound recording credits
from Orvis, released November 4, 2023
Guitar, bass, vocal, production: O Thomas
Recording engineer: Jody Hunter
Mixing & Mastering: Ryan McVeigh
Pedal Steel: Rory Verbrugge
Drums: Jeff Laird
(c) 2023 Higher Guns Music
(p) 2023 Broken Cloud Entertainment
Directed by Patryk Szmidt/Kicker Films
Starring Natalia, O Thomas
(c) 2024 Broken Cloud Entertainment