We recently had Steve Luteman and Maria Hernandez back in the studio. Here is their version of a great Canadian fiddle special called the Reel de San Antoine. There is a town in New Brunswick, Canada called Saint Antoine where this tune apparently originated. In that part of the country fiddling is a popular pastime and I guess great tunes like this are the result. (Steve Luteman on Guitar, Maria Hernandez on Fiddles, Hugh Moore on Mandolins).
We recently recorded a couple of tunes for the Durham NC based duo, High Clouds. High Clouds is Steve Luteman (Guitar) and Maria Hernandez (Fiddle).
On the sample tune you can hear a medley of two Irish compositions, Humours of Trim and Lady Anne Montgomery. It’s great stuff and these guys know the tradition.
Irish fiddle music is heard the world over nowadays. In Ireland it could probably be heard at a traditional pub session, and thus would likely be accompanied by a large serving
of Murphy’s Irish Stout or Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, so feel free to go pour one of those before you listen. Enjoy!
Physical Product in 2017? Yes, or no?
Many artists are wondering whether it makes sense to spend the money to manufacture a CD these days. Of course it seems like the norm, after all, we all have closets full of CDs, even if we have transferred them all to hard drives or uploaded them to the cloud, but we bought those in years past and downloading and streaming is how most people acquire music these days. In some genres the CD is still an important tool to make money on the road. Think of the “record table” at almost any bluegrass festival.
We would recommend CDs if you’re playing a lot of festivals or shows or going on some kind of tour – CDs are still a great impulse buy at the merchandise table. After all, some people like a “souvenir” when they attend a show. Also if you are a local band and you have a pretty good presence in the local market and you have or are willing to develop a good relationship with a local CD/book/record store, they may be able to move enough product to make it pay off for you. You can estimate the cost of manufacturing a CD to be about $2.00 a piece for 500 copies or more. This doesn’t include the recording costs of course – this is simply for artwork and the physical packaging for the release.
Don’t bother with CD manufacturing if you rarely play live and the majority of your focus is online/digital sales. If you have a choice between professional mastering and making CDs, it probably makes sense to master your CD. It will make a difference in the sound.
Phil Lanier popped in to Camp Adventure to put some mandolin parts down on an in-process recording project. He also put some vocal harmonies on this John Prine tune for the upcoming Jesse McReynolds’ project.
Phil is a multi-instrumentalist that seems to fill any need in the studio. You can hear his fine fiddlin’ on some of the recent Stanley Brothers tunes we recorded with Cliff Hale.
12/7/2016 is Bobby Osborne’s 85th Birthday. He’s not the oldest guy on the Grand Ole Opry, Jesse McReynolds has him beat for that, but he’s still going strong.
The Selfishness in Man is a great song we recorded in 2000. This was the first thing Bobby had done with country instrumentation – it was a fantabulous “classic” country album featuring one of the greatest singers of all time, Bobby Osborne.
Periodically we want you to hear the music we are creating here in the Camp Adventure studio. We want you to hear our sound.
The Lone Pilgrim – The Lone Pilgrims (Raleigh, NC)
Here is a track from the Raleigh based group, “The Lone Pilgrims.” Recorded in November 2016, this is a simple recording and features a guitar (Jan Johansson), an acoustic bass (Rick Walton) and vocalists (Deborah Riley and Denise Hering). Producer Jan Johansson wanted this to represent the sound they could present on stage. He didn’t want to layer any tracks or add any sounds that wouldn’t be reflected in a live performance. It keeps it sparse,and uncluttered.
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