Influences: The Beatles, Mose Allison, James Booker, Ry Cooder, Guy Van Duser, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, John Hurt, Dylan...oy, lists like this make my head hurt. And it's all dudes. Well - record by record, here are some other favorites: Suzanne Vega (Suzanne Vega & Solitude Standing), Joan Armatrading (To The Limit), k.d. lang (Absolute Torch and Twang), Shawn Colvin (A Few Small Repairs), Carla Bley (Heavy Heart).
FAWM #7. As usual, I have no idea how I'll find time this February but somehow I figure out how to ignore or let slide enough other things that it happens somehow. Because I love FAWM. So. Much. I've moved studios yet again this year, from one of the most soundproof spaces I've ever worked into to one of the least (at least for now), so expect lots of ambient traffic noises and such lending my tracks that lo-fi authenticity...
As usual, hoping to do more listening to my fellow FAWMers. Somewhere in the midst of February I'll be wandering off to the Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, and I would imagine I'm not the only one.
Geek Notes: I've gotten questions about my recording setup over the past several FAWMs which, as a latecomer to that side of things, I find flattering in the extreme. I moved studios last May, and it turns out the room I was in until then had a whole lot more to do with how things were sounding than I had any inkling of. So I'm not sure how things will sound yet this FAWM, as I'm still struggling to get things sounding how I want in the new space. That said, I'm happy to explain what I do, for what it's worth. It's pretty nerdy, but here goes: I'm using a Lauten FC-387 large-diaphragm microphone, into a Shadow Hills Mono GAMA preamp, through an Apogee Symphony interface, into a "trashcan" Mac with Digital Performer. From there, I use (as plugins) a little EQ (cutting the lows around 200 and boosting the highs around 3750), a little compression (a hunt-and-peck process, to be sure) a little room-sounding reverb and a little hall-sounding reverb. I place the microphone about six inches from my face and a couple inches below my mouth so it picks up the vocals and guitar as evenly as possible, and the guitar is a 1956 Martin 00-18 that I feel incredibly lucky to play every time I pick it up.
Thank you for the comment on "Mother of Swords" last week. Life got in the way of replying sooner. I'm tickled you said you like my voice since after 44 years, my voice still sounds odd and unappealing to me. It encourages me to get over myself just a little bit more. Thanks again.
Thanks for the lovely comments☺️ I’m keen to check out your stuff shortly
Ah, listening to you again may just give me enough of a lift to not abandon FAWM for this year. After the bass accident I thought I was done. But maybe not...
Thanks!! I just used the lame excuses on his soundboard to make a terrible song that he deserves for depriving us this year. 😀
I'm going to name my autobiography "Bourbon and Macrame". You'll get royalties of course.
Thanks so much for your amazing comments. and great to have you up back in my ear. Be getting on more listening asap
I totally agree with your recommended song. Completely floored me.
Wish I were joining you at FAI -- not in the cards this year, but I'm hoping for next year.
Yay! I hope there will be Ichthyoid-style wit and and October Country-style wisdom ...
I am back home this year and whilst hoping i find time for lots of FAWMING, i am not as confident as usual, althoughi wasn't that confident flying around Asia all last FAWM!! ha ha
Wow, I just read your recording set-up.. thank you. I'm just starting to understand reverb and compression etc.. I use an Audio-Technica 4050 large diaphragm condenser mic that I love and an early Lowden jumbo so I'm just going to keep it simple for now.
Yo dude, dying to hear some of your stuff again. Last year was spent in outer space but I now have a room down by the sea in Guilford CT and I love it.. I bought a Line 6 Spider V 120 amp for Christmas and it's amazing what a few different tones will do to your head...
groove on bro..
Hey there!!! Good to see you here again.....
OH YES!! you are here. superb
SO GREAT YOU ARE BAACK!! AAAAHHH!
Looking forward to hearing some of your FAWMtastic compositions this year. Welcome back!