Post by bluegrassdan on Jun 9, 2017 20:49:29 GMT -6
I have many musical heroes, one being Buck Trent who established Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton's sound back in the 1960s and 70s with his electric banjo. The instrument was his creation, with the help of Shot Jackson, and features all sorts of levers and D-tuners to raise and lower string pitches. Here is a sample of Buck back in the 1960s.
Sally Berry and I sang Porter and Dolly's "The Last Thing on My Mind" for my upcoming solo project. We actually recorded it several years ago with a bluegrass band, but it just didn't seem right. Finally, I got in touch with Buck and he graciously agreed to play his banjo on it. Here is the final mix.
For those interested in the gear used (to the best of my memory):
Dan vocal: Flea 47, Colin's AML ez1073, my own hand built LA2A Sally vocal: Peulso P12, Persons ADL 600, LA2A Buck's electric banjo: DI, then re-amped out to old Fender Vibrolux, KM84, my own hand built tube preamp. Mandolin: KM84 pair, Grace Fiddle: Flea 47, my tube preamp Bass: (Body) Artur Fisher's RM5, API; (Neck) KM84, API Acoustic guitar: (Neck joint) KM84, ez1073; (Bridge) Flea 47, ez1073
The cool gear is merely an extension of the music. Microphones and preamps just sit there and DARE you to play through them!
Post by iamasound on Sept 12, 2017 15:07:33 GMT -6
That old elecro-banjo sound is incredible with those cool slide manoevers that Buck can conjure up, as well as the rest of it all. I noticed that you used your (to me at any rate) very special hand built tube amps (VSHBTA, maybe it's time to give it a proper name for at least convenience sake) on Buck as well as on the fiddle. If you don't mind me asking, what was the theory behind your choices of preamps for the session?
The song sounds wonderful and thanks again for sharing it here.
I am lately feeling as if I am everywhere at once though no place in particular.
Post by bluegrassdan on Sept 14, 2017 22:02:36 GMT -6
Lots of reasons for preamp choices. In this case...
Upright bass gets some nice punch from API. Mandolin benefited from super neutral and clear transients offered by the Grace. Guitar sounded punchy and full with EZ1073. Fiddle through my tube pre was ssssmmmmoooth. My vocal through EZ1073 is a no brainer. It's a Neve! Sally's vocal through ADL600, I could ride her gain with the trim knob. Buck through tube amp and tube pre. Figured if tube preamps were good enough back in 1967 when he cut the song with Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, then they must be fine 50 years later!