Chuck Johnson: May 26, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

July 16, 2013

[Photo by acidjack]

After getting a preview of what was to come last year at Hopscotch Music Festival, we expected Chuck Johnson‘s 2013 record Crows In the Basilica to be an important part of the conversation on best guitar records of the year. That was confirmed both by Basilica’s release on Three Lobed Recordings this spring, as well as by this performance at Mercury Lounge, where Chuck demonstrated that the subtle brilliance of his compositions can’t be contained by the studio.

Chuck and his contemporaries are almost always categorized by the label “American Primitive”, a sub genre of guitar playing shared with its progenitor John Fahey and many other worthy players, but the term “primitive” as understood by most is misleading. Rather than suggesting a simplicity or naïveté to the material, American Primitive is best understood as a recognition of the ability of these players to use highly complex guitar arrangements that link the instrument’s present with its more elemental, folk-derived origins. Before venturing out as a solo player, Johnson played in well-regarded North Carolina bands like Shark Quest and the string trio Idyll Swords, but it is here where Johnson’s skill on guitar is best appreciated. We hope you will enjoy this moving set of music from Johnson and be on the lookout for his future shows.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones from our usual spot in the venue, plus a soundboard feed provided by Mercury team. Given that it is a recording of a single instrument, the recording heavily favors the soundboard feed, with a bit of audience mics mixed in to give a feel of the room. It is an excellent recording. Enjoy!

Stream “Crows In the Basilica”

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Chuck Johnson
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Soundboard + Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, adjust levels, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( 8 )

01 Swallow the Sun>
02 Albion Source
03 Caldera Wires
04 Vastapol
05 On A Slow Passing In Ghost Town *
06 Crows In the Basilica
07 Mine Creek
08 The Stars Rose Behind Us

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Chuck Johnson, visit his website and purchase Crows In the Basilica from Three Lobed Recordings [HERE]

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One Response to Chuck Johnson: May 26, 2013 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. July 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks!!

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