Prairie Empire: July 14, 2012 Backyard Brunch Sessions – FLAC/MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

July 30, 2012

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[Photos courtesy of Dominick Mastrangelo Photography]

If the true measure of a band’s abilities is how well they play live, you could say it is doubly a measure of their talents how well they can play acoustically in someone’s back yard on a muggy July day, with planes flying overhead and bugs threatening to choke them. Prairie Empire rose to that challenge at a recent Backyard Brunch Sessions, where they gave the audience the added bonus of new material recorded after their just-released eponymous debut album. Though weary from closing out their recent tour, lead singer Brittain Ashford and her band (or at least, part of it) were in high spirits and strong form, further honed from their time on the road.  Both “Like Birds” and the brand-new “Muir Woods” gave those of us just getting acquainted with the new record even-newer material to delve into, while album tracks like “Give” have never sounded better. For a more electrified take on the band, check out our June 10th recording from Mercury Lounge, but if you are into the acoustic style, it’s also worth taking a look at the band’s recent Daytrotter session.

hi and lo recorded this set with a combination of Schoeps and MBHO microphones.  Other than a few unavoidable blasts of wind and planes flying overhead, the sound is excellent!

Thanks to the BBS sponsors for this show, Grady’s Cold Brew and Kings County Distillery Moonshine.

Stream “Snow”

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Stream “Give”

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Prairie Empire
Backyard Brunch Sessions
Brooklyn, NY USA

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Recorded by hi and lo
Produced by acidjack

Equipment: Schoeps MK21 (NOS)>NBox Cables>PFA + Schoeps MK5 (omni)>KC5>PFA + MBHO KA200/603>>Tascam DR-680
Mastering: 5x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown, adjust levels, DR compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, assorted other effects)>Audacity (tracking, set fades, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Song For You
03 Tenfold
04 Like Birds
05 [banter]
06 Snow
07 Winter Came
08 [tuning/banter]
09 Give
10 Where You Are
11 Muir Woods

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Prairie Empire, visit their website, and purchase their record from Trailer Fire Records [HERE] or on iTunes.

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