I’ve been a fan of Small Sur for quite a while and have been asking Bob to do a microshow for almost 2 years now! We were grateful they were able to do one with us last month. It was a really beautiful night, full of amazing musicianship, wonderfully crafted songs and really nice people. Everything came together perfectly and it’s here now for you to take a peak in to their microshow. Hope you enjoy!
Bob Keal: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Austin Stahl: Drums, Vocals
Andy Abelow: Keyboards, Vocals, Alto Sax
Paul Kusner: Bass
Emily Hilliard: Violin
Engineered by Austin Stahl
Mixed by Mat Leffler-Schulman
Technical info: Bob’s vocals: Shure SM7, Acoustic: SM81, Kick: RE20, Snare: Fathead Ribbon, Overhead: Sputnik, Austin’s Vocals, AKG 414, Violin: AKG 414, Andy’s Vocals: SM81, Bass: 421
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I had the great pleasure of working with The Manly Deeds on their debut album last spring. The music they play is not that of our time. And it’s remarkably no less. They create a sense of nostalgia without being a novelty. They simply write and perform great music. It just happens to be with traditional folk instruments and sometimes blazingly fast tempos. That and a suitcase drum and many of beards to go around.
The record was recorded entirely live at the Hampden Baptist Church here in Baltimore on a brisk Saturday last March. The recording was amazing. The church (built in 1874) has a vibe. Not to mention some of the best natural reverb this city has to offer. It’s uncanny and you’ll hear it all over the record. Nothing artificial was added in the mix. Speaking of which, Alex masterfully mixed this record and you can sample two of my favorite songs from the album below. Oh the guests are a-plenty. Dave Hadley on pedal steel guitar, Cameron Blake on fiddle and Ruby Fulton on acordian. The record will be available at the CD release show November 23 at Joe². And you can preorder it here.
Hard Times For The Animal Kingdom
Blacken The Sky
I had the pleasure of working with Sahffi this winter on her third release Expectations. Expectations was a grand experiment, featuring 10 different producers on 10 different songs. Sahffi recorded the main tracks here at Mobtown, and gave the tracks to the producers with no expectations of how they should be produced. The result is a rich album full of different genres that range from pop to hip-hop to electronic to alt rock, which highlights Sahffi’s unique ability to shine in many different lights.
I had the privilege of producing one track and mixing a handful of the other tracks with some of the producers (Num63r S!x, mOsno, Chuck the MADD OX, N’Dinga Gaba, Chris Mandra, Angela Taylor). This record was such great experience. I’ve never done a record like this before and it kept me on my toes. Not to mention was great to finally work with Sahffi. This is a record that pulls a folk artist out of the boundaries of a folk artist. She’s experimenting and crossing lines that feel better when crossed than not.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the record here on bandcamp.
Ticktock Islands (Produced by Num63r S!x)
Heart Strings (Produced by mOsno)
Scott Hartman recently came in from Kansas to record a 4-song demo. He strolled in with his guitar, a kick-ass bassist who learned the songs in a day, and a notepad. Two days later he had an EP. He pulls from the likes of John Mayer and Jack Johnson. We had a great time recording him. Bill Wolf mastered the project, as always. We hope you enjoy this record.