[photo by nyctaper]
Cotton Jones is arguably the most underrated band playing around these days. I’ll cop to being a member of the under-appreciaters. Until now. When I saw them open for Nicole Atkins in March at Maxwell’s, their impressive set caught my eye, but unexplicably the recording has not been posted until now. Admittedly, I should have known that this band is the real deal — they’ve toured with friends of the site The Antlers, The Loom and Nicole. They’ve put out two outstanding records and a handful of EPs, including 2010′s excellent Tall Hours in the Glowstream (Suicide Squeeze Records) that would feel as comfortable sitting in the CD cabinet next to contemporaries like Deer Tick as much as with classics like Roy Orbison. But when the quality of Cotton Jones finally struck me was during the time I spent working on this recording and listening to it closely. Michael Nau has an obvious knack for songwriting, but the performances are so heartfelt and honest, that the songs naturally draw you in to their rustic roots. We’re streaming the opening track from Glowstream below, “Sail of The Silver Morning”, and its clear from very opening beat that this song speaks to the listener is a way that most bands can’t achieve. Perhaps its the unstriking standard appearance of the band, or their lack of a stage show, but under the unremarkable surface Cotton Jones is an extraordinarily compelling group that we’ll be spending more time getting to know in the near future. Cotton Jones is on tour now in the midwest, and the dates are [here].
I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones mounted at the front of the soundboard booth and mixed it with an excellent soundboard feed. The sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!
Stream “”Sail of The Silver Morning”:
Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Hoboken, NJ USA
Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > 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 nyctaper
[Total Time 33:41]
01 Sail Of The Silver Morning
02 Down Beside Em
03 Midnight Monday and a Telescope
04 Blood Red Sentimental Blues
05 Dream on Columbia Street
06 Gotta Cheer Up
07 Somehow to Keep it Going
08 Egg On The Sea
09 [new song]
If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Cotton Jones, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from the Suicide Squeeze Records website [HERE].