I love your records, those last two are so great and in addition offer an interesting contrast in playing and in sound.
Did you do the recordings very differently due to one being the open back banjo played without picks vs the bluegrass banjo with the picks? Different microphones or anything?
You really show, across the many recordings you've made, the great range of sound the banjo can make, as well as its artistic potential.
thank you for noticing and saying something positive about my work. well the stove up recording was made in a commercial studio and the got myself together one was made at my kitchen table. so yes the micing would be different etc. it's a little tricky to engineer oneself. it's easier to play, and let someone else do that, or engineer for someone else, or treat you playing like a sample like i do on the more modern sounding releases. thanks again.
Two things, a question and a comment.
I looking to start experimenting with some home recording on a windows based PC. It would mainly be banjo and vocals. Is there a DAW and input/mic setup that you would recommend for basic home recording?
In the introduction to Steel Guitar Rag at your recent Durango Arts Center show you said that you weren't sure if Don Stover had Steel Guitar Rag in his repertoire. I was listening to Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys record on youtube the other day and they perform it on that record 2nd to last track. Thought you might be interested in hearing it so here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDekOWKE32I.
Thanks for all the music and words!
When I was a teenager it was important that the bands I liked were "cool", whether it was Mingus, Kiss or Patti Smith. Now I'm older and have a wife and family, I find it important to me that the musicians I listen to are kinda nice people.
In this world where a musician's views on politics hold more weight than an academics, should this really matter? Do you think it influences your own listening and, is it me or do banjo players seem to be lovely people in general?
Thanks for your time,