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Looks like he's playing Red Rocks again this year.  Am researching the show at Wrigley Field with the Highwomen and Chris Stapleton.  I wonder what kind of a concert venue Wrigley makes?


Depends on the setup I guess. It’s an outdoor field, it has to be better than the megadome shows.

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16 hours ago, bluto said:

Agree completely on Cumberland gap comparison and muddiness, big ole bag of meh

Knowing nothing about audio production or mixing, it sounds like a bad mix.  It doesn get better as is goes on though .  

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I really haven't liked the last couple of records that Dave Cobb has mixed. The Highwomen sounded muddy as shit too. You win some, you lose some I guess. 

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1 hour ago, Kermit said:

I really haven't liked the last couple of records that Dave Cobb has mixed. The Highwomen sounded muddy as shit too. You win some, you lose some I guess. 

Hmmm . . . I have that record, and I quite enjoy it.  Hadn't noticed anything too off about the mix.  I'll have to go back and listen again.

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15 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

Hmmm . . . I have that record, and I quite enjoy it.  Hadn't noticed anything too off about the mix.  I'll have to go back and listen again.

Same.  I actually thought it did a good job handling the 4 voices the way it did.

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As I recall, they ran all the voices together in mono. Didn’t like it. But, it’s still an album that gets play in the Kermit household. Dave Cobb puts his pants on the same way as me, but then he goes out and makes gold records.

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6 hours ago, Kermit said:

As I recall, they ran all the voices together in mono. Didn’t like it. But, it’s still an album that gets play in the Kermit household. Dave Cobb puts his pants on the same way as me, but then he goes out and makes gold records.

Hmmm  . . . I definitely heard some vocal panning as well as varying levels of reverb (less on the lead singer to make her more "up front").  I'll check and see if I'm completely out to lunch.

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2 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

Hmmm  . . . I definitely heard some vocal panning as well as varying levels of reverb (less on the lead singer to make her more "up front").  I'll check and see if I'm completely out to lunch.

Well if I’m wrong, blame the Saving Country Music guy. I believe I read it in his review. 

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16 hours ago, 4th&Five said:

Presale tomorrow for Austin shows. PW is REUNIONS

got 2 for Friday and 2 for Saturday, after many aborted attempts - "its not you, its us, please start over and try again."  that website straight up sucks.  

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from what i've figured out it won't process if you choose mail.  i've had to go back and choose digital multiple times since the switch to TM.

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9 minutes ago, 4th&Five said:

from what i've figured out it won't process if you choose mail.  i've had to go back and choose digital multiple times since the switch to TM.

I think that’s right.  I tried multiple cards and then the orders finally starting going through once I was on card #4 but also switched to digital tickets for the 1st time. I know it wasn’t the other cards that were the problem.  

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my ticket stub collection has been seriously impacted by digital tickets. i used to enjoy looking back at the end of the year at all the concerts i attended. oh well. 

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Same. I have multiple books going back to when I started going to shows in ‘95. Fewer and fewer pages the last several years. 

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if any of you assholes live south in Austin and aren't doing shit tonight on this most romantic of days, I'll be playing classic country on vinyl at Indian Roller all night. Come by and say "hello, from the internet" and we can have a beer and I'll play you whatever country song you want me to play.

also, scored tix to jason isbell friday night show at ACL. stoked.

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Great Steven Hyden interview with Sturgill here.  Dude doesn't hold anything back, lol.

Sturgill on rock bio writers, in the first paragraph:

“It’s all horseshit,” says Sturgill Simpson, his laidback Kentucky baritone gathering steam. “You sit down with a bio writer and they write out what this conversation’s going to be for the next year and a half. And then your publicist sends that to fucking everybody, and then (the media) rewrite their version of the same thing, and they publish it to sell advertising. And then the fans read the same seven answers to the same seven questions 7,000 fucking times, and then they regurgitate it like it was their idea on Twitter. And now you have a narrative.”

:D 

https://uproxx.com/indie/sturgill-simpson-interview-sound-and-fury-tour/

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I can never decide if I love Sturgill's blazing candidness, or am annoyed by his negativity and how he's always claiming to be on the verge of retirement and doing shit out of spite. 

I guess that's the duality of the Sturgill thing.  Stoked to see him in April.

Edited by Al_4_ISU

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he sounds pretty serious about the retirement thing and it hasn't really changed over time.  in the podcast i posted above he said there might be one more tour after this one.  he sounded a lot more excited about racing cars than making music.

edit:  just finished the interview...a lot of the same ground as the podcast.  the label stuff is funny because everyone could see it coming.

 

Edited by 4th&Five

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I'll probably catch all kinds of crap for this, but I don't care:  I much prefer Isbell to Simpson, and it's not because of the genres so much as it is that Isbell always seems honest to me.  With Simpson, I hear more of a crank who struggles to be bothered to produce material.  

That said, it's not a contest, and I'm not trying to make it that.  I just think Isbell is a near-once-in-a-generation songwriter, with McMurtry/Prine level of intelligence and way with words.  I don't think Simpson is in that league.

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1 hour ago, jimmyjazz said:

I'll probably catch all kinds of crap for this, but I don't care:  I much prefer Isbell to Simpson, and it's not because of the genres so much as it is that Isbell always seems honest to me.  With Simpson, I hear more of a crank who struggles to be bothered to produce material.  

That said, it's not a contest, and I'm not trying to make it that.  I just think Isbell is a near-once-in-a-generation songwriter, with McMurtry/Prine level of intelligence and way with words.  I don't think Simpson is in that league.

I don’t even think this is controversial. Isbell is the much better songwriter and lyricist. One of the best in a long long time. 

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Isbell is definitely a better overall songwriter.

Sturgill is a more entertaining and interesting performer.  Despite being a guy who generally prefers songs to playing/mood, I'm more interested/enthusiastic about what Strugill's doing lately than what Isbell's doing.

I guess I think Sturgill is still developing creatively, and I think Isbell has hit his peak and is settled more into a groove of giving the people what they want.  I appreciate that Isbell is a more straightforward guy, like Jimmy pointed out.  Sturgill seems to constantly be trying to staying ahead of some narrative/fuck with people and seems obsessed with it.  Isbell is just Isbell.  He's always been that way.

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Lulz at the generic country fan getting their boots and bedazzled jeans on for Childers to open... then sturgill doing whatever in gods name you want to call it. The twitter reaction to his tour so far is funny stuff.

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