Spencer Lewis 
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Re: “Justin Morrill Homestead Open House

with Rudy Dauth from Waterville, VT and the Woedoggies on mandolin

Posted by Spencer Lewis on 06/14/2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, Eden: Live at the Chandler

I'll add another reason this audio document is important, and forgive me if it ruffles anyone's feathers but: the sound the audience heard that night for the Eden portion of the concert was massively incomplete. The vocals were barely discernible - Bow's and his back-ups/guest vocalist, the cello, any articulation of sound/balance/mix - was lost. Sure his banjo, the drums and violin stuck out - but the horns, so vital to the album, were invisible; I heard not one toot. Conversely, when the Eden portion was over and the next set segued into his more recognized material, in an instant everything came to life - probably due to a 'saved' mix on the digital board. I make my living with my ears but not live sound - preferring to engineer in the safe confines of the studio. I take no relish in noting this and as I talked with a number of people in the days that followed, I wondered if it was just me and found there were others who were left baffled by that (portion of) the concert. Chandler is a tough hall to do sound in - I live 6 minutes from it and have seen everyone from Midori to the Avett bros there; I've seen Celtic music concerts where the loudest instrument was the bass (ouch). Apparently, the raw tracks were captured, and they prove that this was a most ambitious project played almost flawlessly - and it's a treat to finally hear what I never heard that night.

Posted by Spencer Lewis on 05/10/2014 at 9:52 AM

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