A Weekend of Recording with G Burns Jug Band

I had the pleasure and privilege of recording washboard this past weekend with G Burns Jug Band at Rarefied Recording. The studio, located in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, was a fantastic setting for the sessions.

G Burns Jug Band's Clint Davis and engineer Chris Hobson intently listening back to another keeper at Rarefied.

G Burns Jug Band's Clint Davis and engineer Chris Hobson intently listening back to another keeper at Rarefied.

Consistent with the classic approach of the band, the recording process harkened back to earlier days of the craft, with emphasis on complete takes by the entire band, recorded simultaneously. Adding to this traditional approach was the use of vintage tape (seen below) in the recording process, lending that extra bit of classic analog warmth. 

Jonathan Piper. Photo by Galina Betker

Jonathan Piper. Photo by Galina Betker

Megan Welsh. Photo by Galina Betker

Megan Welsh. Photo by Galina Betker

Friday evening was spend placing microphones and getting sounds for the weekend. That meant that by Saturday morning, the band and recording engineer Chris Hobson were ready to commit jug band magic to tape. In all, we recorded eleven songs in two days, which is quite an accomplishment, and certainly nothing I've ever been a part of before. 

Batya MacAdam-Somer. Photo by Galina Betker

Batya MacAdam-Somer. Photo by Galina Betker

The band, which consists of Clinton Davis (guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, mandolin, lead vocals) Batya MacAdam-Somer, (fiddle and backing vocals) Meghann Welsh (accordion, tenor banjo, lead and backing vocals), and Jonathan Piper (tuba, jug, backing vocals) was all business this weekend, successfully knocking out at least one "keeper" within a few attempts of each classic American song. I had a wonderful experience recording washboard for my first time ever in a studio, and playing with such an accomplished ensemble made it all the more special.

Anders Larsson. Photo by Galina Betker

Anders Larsson. Photo by Galina Betker

The only real break during my time recording this weekend came on Saturday during a well-deserved pizza lunch at Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria in North Park, which was especially apropos, since it was Pi Day. And as many San Diego musicians know, Lefty's has always been good about supporting local events, and especially the music scene. 

Clint Davis. Photo by Galina Betker

Clint Davis. Photo by Galina Betker

I won't go into more detail at this point since this project in still in progress, but please stay tuned for more information as the release of the material approaches, which will be soon. Thanks for checking in!

The Mara tape machine used by Chris Hobson and G Burns Jug Band on the Rarefied sessions.

The Mara tape machine used by Chris Hobson and G Burns Jug Band on the Rarefied sessions.

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