Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Josie Sanken, Library Square Park, Hutchinson, MN- 6/7/24

Josie Sanken
Library Square Park
Hutchinson, MN
June 7th, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS294)

Lineage: SBD > Tascam DR-60D > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Reaper (EQ, Normalizing) > iZotope (Music Rebalancing) > Final mastering in BandLab > CD Wave Editor (Track splits) > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 in dBpoweramp > Tagged in MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

-Thanks as always to Josie for allowing me to record.

More pictures here: Link


https://www.facebook.com/JSANKENMUSIC/

1. Stuck Like Glue (Sugarland cover)
2. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver cover)
3. A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay cover)
4. No One Else on Earth (Wynonna Judd cover)
5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2 cover)
6. Don't Stop Believin' (Journey cover)
7. Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver cover)
8. My Jesus (Anne Wilson cover)
9. Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
10. Vienna (Billy Joel cover)
11. Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days) (The Judds cover)
12. Royals (Lorde cover)
13. Ring of Fire (Merle Kilgore cover)
14. Free Fallin' (Tom Petty cover)
15. Mama's Broken Heart (Miranda Lambert cover)
16. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
17. Let It Go (Kristen Anderson‐Lopez & Robert Lopez cover)
18. Drift Away (Mentor Williams cover)
19. Parachute (Chris Stapleton cover)
20. Harper Valley PTA (Jeannie C. Riley cover)
21. We Danced Anyway (Deana Carter cover)
22. Heads Carolina, Tails California (Jo Dee Messina cover)
23. Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
24. Desperate (Wo)Man (Eric Church cover)
25. Someone Like You (Adele cover)
26. Wagon Wheel (Bob Dylan cover)

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Tapers notes: Part of Hutchinson Dairy Day. I tried a new mastering method for this show, I was able to pull Josie's guitar back a little in the mix to make more room for her vocals in iZotope, and it sounds better to my ears at least. I'm still learning Reaper as well, so I'm sure I'll be able to refine recordings more as I go, but for now this is a good start.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

Friday, June 14, 2024

The Whitesidewalls, Library Park, Mora, MN- 6/6/24

The Whitesidewalls
Library Park
Mora, MN
June 6th, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS293)

Lineage: Audience Recording using Zoom H2 internal mics > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

More pictures here: Link


http://whitesidewalls.com/

1. Intro
2. Rock Around the Clock (Sonny Dae and His Knights cover) > See You Later Alligator (Bobby Charles cover) > Shake, Rattle and Roll (Big Joe Turner & His Blues Kings cover) > Rock Around the Clock (Sonny Dae and His Knights cover)
3. Treat Me Nice (Elvis Presley cover)
4. Your Baby Blue Eyes (Johnny Burnette cover)
5. The Happy Birthday Song (Roger Awsumb cover)
6. I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren cover)
7. Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole cover)
8. Blueberry Hill (Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra cover)
9. Sherry (The Four Seasons cover)
10. Hey! Baby (Bruce Channel cover)
11. Buzz-Buzz-Buzz (The Hollywood Flames cover)
12. Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins cover)
13. Only the Lonely (Roy Orbison cover)
14. La Bamba (Trad.)
15. Chantilly Lace (The Big Bopper cover)
16. Raining in My Heart (Boudleaux Bryant cover)
17. Rave On! (Sonny West cover)
18. Walk Like a Man (The Four Seasons cover)
19. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Solomon Linda’s Original Evening Birds cover)
20. Sea Cruise (Frankie Ford cover)
21. You Can't Sit Down (Dee Clark cover)
22. Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran cover)
23. Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman cover)
24. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet (The Reflections cover)
25. Promised Land (Chuck Berry cover)
26. In the Still of the Night (The Five Satins cover)
27. Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay (Danny & the Juniors cover)

The Whitesidewalls are:

Bill “Bobby Maestro” Spalding
Erik “Rocky Beaumont” Swenson
David “Swanee” Swanson
Pat “Hound Dog” Brown
Rusty Renault

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Tapers notes: Sound on this one is a little hollow, it's pretty much how it sounded at the concert as well. It's clear and free of any outside noise, but definitely lacks the warmth and full sound of other concerts I've recorded.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Chastity Brown, Falcon's Nest, River Falls, WI- 6/4/24

Chastity Brown
Falcon's Nest
River Falls, WI
June 4th, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS292)

Lineage: Audience Recording using Zoom H2 internal mics > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

-Thanks as always to Chastity Brown for allowing me to record.

More pictures here: Link


https://chastitybrownmusic.com/

1. Intro
2. #41 (Dave Matthews Band cover)
3. Wonderment
4. Loving the Questions
5. Sing to the Walls
6. Wake Up
7. When You Were Mine (Prince cover)
8. Golden
9. Drive Slow
10. Outro

Chastity Brown- Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Kick Drum
Liz Draper- Upright Bass


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Tapers notes: This was originally supposed to be an outdoor show, but was moved inside due to rain earlier in the day and storms that were rolling in that night. Sound is great on this one, I was able to set up in the perfect spot and nobody around me.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Erik Koskinen, Guy Waymore's Music Emporium, Grey Eagle, MN- 6/1/24

Erik Koskinen
Guy Waymore's Music Emporium
Grey Eagle, MN
June 1st, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS291)

Lineage: Audience Recording using Zoom H2 internal mics > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

-Thanks as always to Erik Koskinen for allowing me to record.

More pictures here: Link


https://erikkoskinen.com/

1. Intro
2. Devil's Blues
3. Treat Me So Bad
4. Pocket Full of Money
5. Long Drive
6. When the Money Rolls In
7. You Didn't Even Remember My Mamma's Name
8. Innocent Living
9. First Time in Years
10. Keep the Change
11. Pony to Ride
12. Big Plane
13. Red Dress Girl
14. The Two of Us
15. I Got You (To Get Me Through)
16. Blood and Money
17. Hard Times For Everyone
18. Keep My Baby With Me
19. Six Pack of Beer and a Pack of Cigarettes
20. (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night (Tom Waits cover)
21. Detroit Detroit

Erik Koskinen- Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Paul Bergen- Electric Guitar
Josh Gravelin- Bass Guitar
Richard Medek- Drums

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Tapers notes: This is a really great venue for shows, and Erik's music is a perfect fit for it. Great setlist, he pulled out some lesser played songs here, as well as some new songs from his recent release "Down Street / Love Avenue". Sound is good on this one, no obvious flaws.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Rockin' Hep Cats, The American Legion Post #92, Rochester, MN- 5/18/24

The Rockin' Hep Cats
The American Legion Post #92
Rochester, MN
May. 18th, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS290)

Lineage: SBD > Tascam DR-60D > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

More pictures here: Link

https://www.facebook.com/p/Rockin-Hep-Cats-100063893031645/

Set 1


1. Intro
2. Route 66 (Bobby Troup cover)
3. Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins cover)
4. Runaway (Del Shannon cover)
5. Rip Van Winkle (Lexi Johnson cover)
6. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
7. Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)
8. Honey Don’t (Carl Perkins cover)
9. Long Tall Sally (Little Richard cover)
10. Dream Lover (Bobby Darin cover)
11. Cut Across Shorty (Eddie Cochran cover)
12. Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly cover)
13. Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley cover)
14. Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats cover)

Set 2


1. Intro
2. Rock Around the Clock (Sonny Dae and His Knights cover)
3. The Twist (Hank Ballard and the Midnighters cover)
4. You’re My Baby (Johnny Cash cover)
5. Polk Salad Annie (Tony Joe White cover)
6. Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton cover)
7. Baby Let's Play House (Arthur Gunter cover)
8. Endless Sleep (Jody Reynolds cover)
9. One Piece at a Time (Johnny Cash cover)
10. Rock This Town (Stray Cats cover)
11. Surfin' Bird (The Trashmen cover)

Set 3


1. Intro
2. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry cover)
3. What'd I Say (Ray Charles cover)
4. Big River (Johnny Cash cover)
5. Act Naturally (Johnny Russell cover)
6. Ain't That Just Like a Woman (They'll Do It Every Time) (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five cover)
7. Mystery Train (Little Junior’s Blue Flames cover)
8. That's All Right (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup cover)
9. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys cover)
10. Wipe Out (The Surfaris cover)
11. Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
12. Let's Think About Living (Bob Luman cover)
13. Jump, Jive, an' Wail (Louis Prima cover)
14. Ain't Got No Home (Clarence “Frogman” Henry cover)
15. Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll (Billy Lee Riley and His Little Green Men cover)
16. I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles cover)
17. Happy Birthday to You (Mildred J. Hill & Patty Hill cover)

Coltan Smisek- Vocals, Guitar
Ben Owen- Guitar
Todd Owen- Bass
Eric Amundrud- Drums

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"We are looking forward to appearing back in front of the crowds at the Rochester American Legion! Get ready for fun Rock and Roll music the whole family can enjoy!"

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Tapers notes: How this recording even came to be is just one of those "dumb luck" stories. My roommate and I go to the Winter Dance Party every year in Clear Lake, IA, and 2 years ago we happened to bump into a guy (Coltan) there. He was one of those guys where everyone he met was instantly his friend, just great energy. We got to talking throughout the night, and he mentioned he had a rockabilly band based in Rochester (about an hour and a half from us) and we should come see them sometime. It took a while, but we did eventually make it to a show, and it was a ton of fun. Shows like this are why I'm so passionate about local, independent music. When you get to know the people involved and become friends with them, it makes the music and experience that much better. It's why so many of the shows I attend are what some would consider "lesser known" musicians, but they mean the world to me.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Cornbread Harris, Hook And Ladder Theater, Minneapolis, MN- 4/25/24

Cornbread Harris
Hook And Ladder Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 25th, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS289)

Lineage: Audience Recording using Zoom H2 internal mics > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

More pictures here: Link

"Cornbread’s 97th B-Day Party Extravaganza"

Set 1


1. Intro
2. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra cover) > Happy Birthday to You (Mildred J. Hill & Patty Hill cover)
3. Deeper Blues
4. Night Train (Jimmy Forrest cover)
5. When I Been Drinking (Big Bill Broonzy cover)
6. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Gal?) (Sam Lanin and His Orchestra cover)
7. ?

Set 2


1. Put the World (Back Together)
2. Red Top (Gene Ammons and His Sextet cover)
3. ?
4. Pennies From Heaven (Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra cover)
5. Organ Grinder Blues (Clarence Williams cover)
6. ?
7. ?
8. ?

Cornbread Harris- Vocals, Piano
Steve Clarke- Saxophone, Clarinet
Benjamin Link- Trombone
?- Guitar
?- Bass
Bill Golden- Drums

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The Hook & Ladder Theater is very proud to present a very special concert event celebrating the 97 year-old birthday of legendary twin-city performer, James Samuel ‘Cornbread’ Harris Sr., his band of Friends and some very special guests!

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Tapers notes: Always great seeing Cornbread, he's still going strong, sounding as good as ever. I would highly recommend anyone who hasn't seen him yet, make it a point to before it's too late. Not often you get to see a living legend at 97 still out there playing shows.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Duluth Songwriter Showcase, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth, MN- 3/23/24

Duluth Songwriter Showcase
Sacred Heart Music Center
Duluth, MN
Mar. 23rd, 2024


This is a "Midwest Sounds" recording (MWS288)

Lineage: Audience Recording using Zoom H2 internal mics > SD Card > PC > Mastered in Adobe Audition > Track splitting using CD Wave Editor > Compressed to FLAC Level 8 using dBpoweramp > Tagged with MP3 Tag

-Feel free to re-master, share freely anywhere else, convert to MP3, just never ever sell it. Also, if you like this show, please support the artist by buying/streaming their music, buying a ticket to a show or buying merch.

More pictures here: Link

Set 1

1. Intro
2. Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold- If It Hadn't Been For Love (The SteelDrivers cover)
3. Hannah Rey- Break Through
4. Hannah Rey- Make the Coffee
5. Hannah Rey- Without You
6. Hannah Rey- Chip
7. Hannah Rey- Dream Death
8. Shane Nelson- Memories
9. Shane Nelson- Burn It Down
10. Shane Nelson- Mason Lowe
11. Shane Nelson- Favorite People
12. Skarlett Woods- Close to You (Braver These Days)
13. Skarlett Woods- Minnesota Farm Girl
14. Skarlett Woods- You and I (Santa Cruz, CA)
15. Skarlett Woods- Me, I, Me, Me (w/ Erin Aldrdige on fiddle)
16. Outro

Set 2 (Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold)


https://dannynfrank.wixsite.com/smokygold

1. Intro
2. Dead and Gone
3. Out on the Prairie
4. Sailboat (Cascade Crescendo cover)
5. Three Cord Love Song
6. Shakin' the Dust
7. Penny's Bone > One More Try
8. Look Up (w/ Angie Frank on vocals)
9. The Doot Doot Song (Half a Cup of Coffee)
10. Dark Times
11. Where I Belong (w/ Joe Scarpellino on vocals)
12. What's the Use
13. Down by the Water
14. A Price Above Rubies
15. I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover) (w/ Hannah Rey, Shane Nelson & Skarlett Woods)

Danny Frank- Vocals, Guitar
Harrison Olk- Banjo, Vocals
Joe Scarpellino- Bass, Vocals
Erin Aldridge- Fiddle, Vocals

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Presenting some of the finest northland music makers, Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold will host their 3rd Annual Songwriter Showcase at 7 pm Saturday, March 23 on the beautiful Sacred Heart Music Center altar stage.

This one-time-only event features three singer-songwriters performing a solo set of their original music for a live audience, discussing the craft of songwriting, and sharing stories that inspire their music. Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold will conclude the night with a full band performance.

2024 featured artists are: Shane Nelson, Hannah Rey and Skarlett Woods.

Frank said the inspiration for this event emerged in part by reflecting on his own journey as a singer songwriter, and in part through his admiration of the multitude of gifted songwriters and performers in the Twin Ports area.

“Songwriting lives at the heart of all music, regardless of genre or instrumentation. It is a process of self-reflection and storytelling mixed with creative melodic expression," said Frank. "I have always been amazed at the sheer number of musicians in the Duluth area who write and perform their own original music. Many of these people are my dear friends, and comprise a beautiful, passionate, and supportive community. My vision for this event is to showcase a small fraction of that talent by highlighting some singer-songwriters who are pillars of this community, and who have inspired my own craft.”

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Tapers notes: Every year I seem to pick up a new annual tradition when it comes to concerts/fesitvals, and this is one of them I attended last year for the first time and I will continue going to as long as Danny puts it on. I was very familiar with Skarlett going in to the night, I knew Shane's name but wasn't familar with his music, and Hannah was completely new to me. Danny just has an ear for picking out great talent for this showcase, because they were all excellent and gained new fans that night. I would encourage anyone to listen to the 3 artists from the first set, and to check out Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold's new live album (from last years showcase) available on all streaming platforms. I was hoping to get a SBD feed for this, but it was being broadcast on YouTube so all their inputs were being used. Sound is pretty good here, the venue tends to have some echo, but I've figured out sitting in the lower part of the venue cuts down a lot on that.

Check this performance out on YouTube.

"Got a mind to ramble, got a mind to roam
I’m travelin’ light and I’m slow coming home"