North Mississippi Allstars: February 26, 2010 Highline Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

March 4, 2010

[photo courtesy of Nick Fitanides]

Last Friday night, I realized early that I was experiencing some “bests”. North Mississippi Allstars feature Luther Dickinson, who is perhaps the best working guitarist playing live today. Highline Ballroom is the NYC venue with perhaps the best sound system. The two combined were outstanding. This particular NMAS show was clearly Luther’s night, and the venue’s sound provided an excellent platform. From the outset the lead guitarist shined, as the second number “Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down” was a nine-minute exhibition of pure slide guitar excellence. Other highlights included the Allmans-like “Going Home”, the remarkable mid-show three-song segue of acoustic blues numbers that featured a duet of Luther and bassist Chris Chew, and the night-closing “Horseshoe”, the last of the four encores that stretched the show to nearly two and half hours.

I recorded this set from the center balcony rail and experienced the truly outstanding quality of the Highline’s system. I positioned the Neumann microphones toward the main PA and the DPA microphones were spread to meet the balcony speakers, and the four combined give this recording great depth and a quad-like feel. Enjoy!

This recording is now available as a Direct Download in Flac or MP3 at [HERE].

North Mississippi Allstars
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Balcony Rail — Dead Center

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 2:18:34]
01 Shake ‘Em On Down
02 Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down
03 Circle In The Sky
04 Shake
05 All Night Long
06 I’d Love To Be A Hippy
07 Po Black Maddie/Boogie/Po Black Maddie/Skinny Woman
08 Drums/Eyes
09 Storm
10 Psychedelic Sex Machine
11 Goin’ Home
12 The Ghetto
13 [banter – Flying V]
14 Boomer’s Story
15 Arkabutla
16 Capricorn Briarpatch
17 Sugartown
18 Mark On The Bus
19 Moonshine
20 Just Like A Bird Without A Feather
21 Goin’ Down South
22 Keep The Devil Down
23 [encore break]
24 Let It Roll
25 Preachin’ Blues
26 61 Highway
27 Horseshoe

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2 Responses to North Mississippi Allstars: February 26, 2010 Highline Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads

  1. March 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Damn, 2 songs into listening and I’m already upset that I missed this show…

  2. March 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Nice job on the NMAS, great site. Thanks for the download.

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