After catching two solo sets, and several other appearances at Hopscotch Festival back in September, I’ve seen a lot of the Nashville guitar prodigy and Lambchop member William Tyler lately. Luckily, Willy T always has something new to share with his fans – be it songs, stories or both – and in this case, he came to the Merge Records CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge armed with new songs from his forthcoming 2013 record on Merge (his first for the label) as well as some hilarious new tales from his life. Although he’s a young guy, Tyler has the easy, mannered onstage presence of someone who’s been doing this for decades, and it’s hard for audiences not to be won over by his charm. Dig, for example, is story of the inspiration drawn from the 70s film Heaven’s Gate as he introduces “Country of Illusion”, or his tale of his first job at TCBY (that’s The Country’s Best Yogurt, for those from non-TCBY parts of the country). Along with new songs such as “We Can’t Go Home Again” and “Country of Illusion” that are slated to be included on the new record, Tyler shared “A Portrait of Sarah”, available only on a 2011 split 7″ with Alistair Galbraith, as well as live staples like “Impossible Truth” and the set closer “Tears and Saints”. While Tyler is adept on both acoustic and electric, this set’s acoustic numbers, particularly “A Portrait of Sarah”, seemed to come across best of all.
As I barely had arrived at the venue in time to catch Willy T’s set, and did not have my mics ready yet, this recording is a straight soundboard feed from an excellent house mix by Mercury’s head engineer Kevin Mazzarelli. Given that it is a solo guitar performance, pretty much nothing was lost from not having the mics, and Mercury’s high-end board sounded as good as ever for this show. Enjoy!
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Merge Records CMJ Showcase
New York, NY USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Soundboard (engineer: Kevin Mazzarelli)>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, amplify, downsample, fades)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 We Can’t Go Home Again
03 A Portrait of Sarah
05 Country of Illusion
07 Impossible Truth
09 Tears and Saints
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