Joseph Allred: August 20, 2022 Deep in the Valley

September 20, 2022
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Welcome to our coverage of the 2022 Deep in the Valley festival and special deep valley thanks to Raven Sings the Blues and From the Ground Brewery for hosting!

Of all the musicians at Deep in the Valley, it was perhaps Joseph Allred who was most appropriate for the farm and creek-side setting. Allred has been releasing a steady stream of records for about 10 years now and the only constant between them is how consistently excellent and varied they are. From fingerpicked guitar to Lute Music and just about everything in between, his catalog is a multitude of pastoral excursions with varying instrumentation and voice. Allred first came to my attention with 2019’s Branches and Leaves which was released on the always-reliable Feeding Tube Records. Lo and behold, the first song from his Deep in the Valley set was the title track from that album, which like “Scoudrel,” played later in his set, is composed of harmonium and vocals. “Dance of the Fairfolk” and “March of the True Bugs” (great song title!) are both off the The Rambles & Rags of Shiloh, an album which thematically links Biblical and Southern geographies through guitar and banjo instrumentals. And “Lilly Valley Suite” is a medley of a few newer instrumentals. If any one of our recordings from Deep in the Valley can best give you a feel for the day, let this one take you to the country.

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nyctaper · Joseph Allred – Deep in the Valley 2022
Joseph Allred
2022-08-20
Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery
Red Hook, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stage lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [34:24]
01. Branches and Leaves
02. Dance of the Fair Folk
03. Ditch Lilly Suite
04. Scoundrel
05. Tuning
06. March of the True Bugs

Taper’s Choice: August 30, 2022 Central Park Summerstage

September 1, 2022
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Photo by @phluffandy

The fit seems natural — a band called Taper’s Choice and our website devoted to recording and sharing live concerts. It also helps that these folks have long been friends of the site and featured many times on our pages in their other configurations. When we caught TC’s NYC debut in April at the Sultan Room, I was unable to attend and Eric expertly captured an extraordinarily full set of heat. On this night TC opened for another site long-time friend Animal Collective (recording coming soon), so we caught an abbreviated Choice set.

As the threat of a Summer storm rolled in, the band’s set time was also moved up, but all was still well in the world as TC took the stage in the gorgeous daylight air with a like-minded crowd ready for a special night. We’ve always loved Dave Harrington’s guitar playing and in this quartet he has the room to breathe and to shine and on this night he did just that. But this band is about four masterful musicians playing off each other and realizing the magic of improvisation. And in that regard, this brief but powerful set was a clear success.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hypers directly in front of the soundboard tent and the sound in the venue was fabulous, which translates perfectly to this recording. Enjoy!

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Taper’s Choice
2022-08-30
Central Park Summerstage
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Recorded at Front of Soundboard Tent

Neumann KM-150s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 41:48]
01 Running From the Rain
02 Darkness on the Edge of Midtown
03 Lilac Palace
04 Doner Wrap

Taper’s Choice is:
Dave Harrington, Alex Bleeker, Chris Tomson, Zach Tenorio-Miller

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Dominick and the Family Band: August 20, 2022 Deep in the Valley

August 30, 2022
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Welcome to our coverage of the 2022 Deep in the Valley festival and special deep valley thanks to Raven Sings the Blues and From the Ground Brewery for hosting!

Really I can’t think of a music festival I’ve been to that was as inviting and relaxed as Deep in the Valley. The very first band of the day, local Kingston quartet Dominick and the Family Band, perfectly inaugurated the day’s good vibes and laid back atmosphere with their hazy country-rock. Festival goers newly arriving paused setting up their chairs to take in the sounds as they played songs off last year’s aptly-titled tape, Body Wave Heat Whatever, plus the new songs “Heather” and “Backwards.” But they saved the best for last, blasting off with a heady, ten-minute version of “Lights Out.” If you didn’t know any better you’d think these guys were headlining the festival. I highly recommend heading over to Bandcamp to grab their tape (as well as bandleader Dominick Anfiteatro’s solo stuff). I’m sure there will be opportunities to catch these locals again in the Hudson Valley. I’ll be there for sure!

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nyctaper · Dominick and the Family Band – Live at Deep in the Valley 2022
Dominick and the Family Band
2022-08-20
Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery
Red Hook, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stage lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [34:06]
01. I Wanna Get High
02. Blue Morning Light
03. Just Smoke
04. Their Aim
05. Heather
06. Backwards
07. Lights Out

Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders: August 20, 2022 Deep in the Valley

August 23, 2022
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Welcome to our coverage of the 2022 Deep in the Valley festival and special deep valley thanks to Raven Sings the Blues and From the Ground Brewery for hosting!

They didn’t kick off the festival but kicking off our coverage of Deep in the Valley is this astounding set from Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders. We’re big fans of course of his other band, Dire Wolves, but this is the first time we’ve gotten to see him with the Heavy Lidders. The group includes Elkhorn-ers Drew Gardner on guitar and Jesse Shepherd on bass, Scott Verrastro of Kohoutek on drums, and a guest appearance from Ashley Paul on saxophone. Opening with the loose, Tolkien-referencing “Bombadil Bop” couldn’t have been more appropriate for the pastoral setting as folks got up out of their chairs to boogie, while others sought umbrellas as the midday heat came out in full force. The band slides further into the literary references with “Beowulf’s Trip” from the ‘Lidders recent self-titled LP featuring the same lineup that we saw at Deep in the Valley. (Heads take note: that record also boasts appearances from Marissa Nadler on the Dead’s “Black Peter,” Rosali Middleman, PG Six, and Ryan Jewell. Wow!) After playing her own solo set, Ashley Paul joined in on saxophone for “Hidden Treasure.” She and Jeffrey Alexander collaborated remotely last year and released a super limited 7″—nice to see them jamming in person. Finally the band choogles into their deepest grooves of the day with Willie Dixon’s classic “Spoonful,” which they also put out on Elixer of Life. Their set was truly a physical manifestation of the good vibes and collaborative atmosphere at Deep in the Valley and I hope you enjoy this as much as we all did—get into it below!

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Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders
2022-08-20
Deep in the Valley
From the Ground Brewery
Red Hook, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

Soundboard + MBHO KA200N/603A (DIN, stage lip) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Tracks [49:29]
01. Bombadil Bop
02. Beowulf's Trip
03. Hidden Treasure
04. Spoonful [Willie Dixon]

Jeffrey Alexander - guitar, vocal
Drew Gardner - guitar
Jesse Sheppard - bass
Scott Verrastro - drums
with - Ashley Paul - saxophone on 3

Billy Strings: June 29, 2022 Rooftop at Pier 17

July 5, 2022
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Our last experience with Billy Strings earlier this year was so overwhelmingly positive that it seemed fairly obvious that we would be back. Fortunately, the opportunity came sooner than later. Thanks to a generous follower on twitter, we were able to secure a ticket to this very sold-out show featuring Billy Strings playing on the South Street Seaport rooftop this past Wednesday.

While the buzz after this event was the appearance of Phish’s Trey Anastasio for the last half of the second set, my personal experience was more focused on the continual growth of Billy Strings as a performer. We have always been entranced by the sheer virtuosity of Strings’ guitar playing and the wizardry of the band as a whole, and we were able to confirm those expectations at the Cap in February. But this performance at Pier 17 raised the bar even higher. Joined by fiddler extraordinaire Alex Hargreaves (who later in the tour apparently agreed to become a permanent band member), the quintet performed a flawless first set of Strings material and choice covers.

With the backdrop of the NYC skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, the juxtaposition of the city center with bluegrass music seemed to motivate both the band and the song choices. The cover of John Hartford’s 1976 classic “In Tall Buildings” was most poignant, although several numbers drew upon the rural/urban dichotomy for inspiration. When the set closed with Strings’ apparent hard-life autobiographical and compositionally brilliant “Turmoil & Tinfoil” this night had already delivered exactly what we had come to see. But there was clearly more to come.

The band started the second set with Hargreaves shining throughout an instrumental run through the traditional “Sally Goodin”. Ultimately the set evolved into the show’s highlight – a furious nearly 20-minute “Meet Me at the Creek”, that managed to remain vital and driving for its entire improvisational five-member instrumental segment. As had been rumored in crowd whispers all night, the appearance of Trey Anastasio was not entirely surprising, but quite welcome. It certainly motivated Billy. The five-song mini-set with the star guest featured a couple of Phish numbers, but it was the three bluegrass covers where the massive amount of talent on stage truly excelled. At the end, this show instantly catapulted into a “best of year” category and we continue to be amazed at the level of excellence achieved by this band. See you at Nassau in November!

I recorded this set in an ad hoc roped-off taper’s section next to the soundboard with the outdoors-friendly Neumann large diaphragm mics. While the wind ultimately cooperated and rarely can be heard during this recording, the crowd yapping is a problem during quiet moments. Fortunately, the venue’s sound quality and the superb mix by uber-talented FOH Andy Lytle provided us with the ingredients for an excellent capture, and I’m still quite pleased with this recording. Enjoy!

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Billy Strings
2022-06-29
Pier 17
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Recorded at Soundboard Cage

Neumann TLM-102s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
Set 1 [Total Time 1:08:26]
01 Red Daisy
02 End of the Rainbow [Frank Wakefield]
03 Running The Route
04 Hellbender
05 Dust In a Baggie
06 Dealing Despair
07 [banter]
08 Watch It Fall
09 In Tall Buildings [John Hartford]
10 Home
11 Fearless [Pink Floyd]
12 [banter – rooftop]
13 Turmoil and Tinfoil

Set 2 [Total Time 1:20:15]
14 Sally Goodin
15 Must Be Seven
16 Meet Me at the Creek
17 16-16 [David Grisman]
18 Close By [Bill Monroe]
19 Back on the Train
20 Love and Regret
21 I’m Blue I’m Lonesome [Bill Monroe]
22 All Fall Down [John Hartford]
23 My Love Comes Rolling Down [Watson Family]
24 Gotta Jibboo

*Tracks 19 through 24 with Trey Anastasio

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Taper’s Choice: April 24, 2022 The Sultan Room Rooftop

June 6, 2022
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Photos by Jefe

Billing themselves as “Not the Jam Band We Need But the Jam Band We Deserve,” Taper’s Choice are somewhat mysterious newcomers to the scene—and they’re sure having fun with it. Here’s what we know: the band is a jam supergroup comprised of Dave Harrington (Darkside), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), and Zach Tenorio (Arc Iris). Beyond that scant info, it wasn’t until recently that tunes have emerged. Previously available only at merch tables at the band’s few California shows earlier this year, the cassette-only Choice Tapes Vol. 1 circulated word-of-mouth for a while before finally landing on Bandcamp along with Choice Tapes Vol. 2. (I hear Vol. 3 is in the works.) Songs on the tapes are titled only with single or double curly quotes on both volumes but if you listen hard maybe you’ll hear some similarities to jams circulating in “trader” circles on the Live Music Archive.

We were fortunate to get invited out to the band’s exclusive (and sold out) first show in New York (or Jam Hollywood to those in the know). Two sets under the stars at Brooklyn’s Sultan Room (one of the premier destinations for jams in the borough) and we were sold 100% on Taper’s Choice. These guys even have their own festival! Take that Phish. And go buy some tickets to Choice Fest.

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Taper's Choice
2022-04-24
The Sultan Room Rooftop
Brooklyn, NY

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

MBHO KA200N/603A > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC + Izotope Ozone 5 > Audacity 3.0.2 > FLAC

Set 1:
01. Running From the Rain
02. Lick the Toad 
03. The Dave Test (Yes) >
04. Walkin’ Around 
05. Darkness on the Edge of Midtown*

Set 2:
06. Above the Timberline  
07. Every Bubble >
08. Born to Burst*
09. Lilac Palace 
10. Low Era*^
11. Döner Wrap

*with Stuart Bogie - sax
^Geese cover with Cameron Winter (lead singer of Geese)
Kenny Wollesen - percussion on all of second set

Taper's Choice is:
Dave Harrington, Alex Bleeker, Chris Tomson, Zach Tenorio-Miller

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