Ashley Dean

My job is awesome for many reasons. I listen to music, talk to cool people, send stupid videos to my co-workers and eat candy all day.

Around this time last year, the gig got a whole lot sweeter when we created the Second Story Garage.

If you haven't checked it out yet, I'm going to shamelessly demand that you do so.

Secondstorygarage.com. Go.

We invite bands in to play a few songs and do an interview, and we have very talented videographers and a fantastic sound engineer on staff to make it all look and sound great.

But some of the best stuff happens when the cameras aren't rolling and mics are off. Being in the room for these sessions is always the highlight of my day, so here I am to tease the videos we're releasing once a week. When we have a particularly memorable session, I'll recap here.

Who: The Lone Bellow

What's their deal? The Brooklyn (by way of Georgia and Virginia) folk create some arresting vocal harmonies and tend to write emotionally powerful stuff.

In an interview a few weeks ago, principal songwriter Zack Williams told me, "They're such sad songs. I mean, the main objective was to write melodies -- just like country music's always been. You write melodies to hide your sad stories in, so it's a safe haven. We have this one and it's a real barn-burner. It's sad. It's awful. It's terrible. I hate singing it. I have to relive it every night on stage, but it's beautiful to share that with people."

But in person, Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are easy-going and happy. Having the mellow vibes and tear-jerking songs collide in the studio was an experience.

What they played: "You Never Need Nobody," "Teach Me To Know" and "You Don't Love Me Like You Used To."

The song titles alone could make your heart ache.

Outtakes: When I interviewed Williams a few weeks earlier, he told me they were thinking of breaking into an abandoned mansion and walking along rivers on tour. He asked where they could find a river here, so I suggested they go hiking instead.

In the studio, they told us they ventured out into nature, found some wildlife and got much too close to it. A small part of that story was retold in the interview.

What the office thought: A few people who dropped in to watch asked our sound engineer, Duncan, for the audio from the session. The Colorado Daily's own Sarah Kuta said she had chills.

Watch: The videos from the session will go live on secondstorygarage.com and on coloradodaily.com next Tuesday.