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Matthew E. White has been one of the true musical sensations of 2012 so far. The Richmond, VA native has not only garnered praise from all quarters for his debut album Big Inner, a gumbo of 70s soul, rock, jazz, blues and roots influences (oh, and Randy Newman), but his live shows have already achieved cult status. Big Inner, released this year on the Hometapes imprint, is a lush, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production that pairs White with a choir, strings, keyboards, baritone sax, and more, and White has proven equally willing to go for the big arrangements in the live setting, convenience and good sense be damned.
It is appropriate, then, that as one of the top artists to emerge from the southeastern U.S. this year, White garnered a prime slot at what I would argue has already risen to be the king of southeastern music festivals, the Hopscotch Music Festival. For this very special performance in Raleigh’s Fletcher Opera Theater, White showed up with a 30-person ensemble including many of the very musical ingredients that make Big Inner so special. From the mellow Otis Redding-style groove of “One of These Days” to the psychedelic jams on “Hot Toddies”, this over one hour show (longer than Big Inner‘s 40 minutes by a solid amount) was as varied and remarkable as Big Inner itself. Before wrapping up, White took special time to thank festival co-founder Grayson Currin, who booked this mammoth ensemble long before White became the toast of the blogosphere. As with so many things about this festival, this night with Matthew E. White was something Hopscotch got right.
This recording, by NC taper Larry Tucker, is a matrix mix of a soundboard feed and American-made Peluso microphones. While it suffers from some of the same room acoustics issues as the Lambchop recording, it is quite good. As a bonus, Hometapes and White’s management have also permitted us to release our recording of “Brazos” that nyctaper recorded at Mercury Lounge.
Thanks to Matthew E. White, Hopscotch Festival, Dan Schram, Larry Tucker, and Shore Fire Media.
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Matthew E. White
Raleigh, NC USA
Recorded by Larry Tucker
Produced by Dan Schram
Soundboard>unknown deck + Peluso CEMC6-CK21>Fostex FR-2LE>>mixdown>>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 Will You Love Me
02 One of These Days
03 Steady Pace
04 Hot Toddies
07 Big Love
09 Gone Away
10 [band intros]
12 [encore break]
Matthew E. White
New York, NY USA
Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files >
Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH >
flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)
[rest of set omitted at artist request]