Classic Tracks: Bruddah Iz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World"

Jan 1, 2011, By Blair Jackson

His full name was Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, but almost everyone called him “Iz” or “Bruddah Iz” (“Bruddah” being pidgin for “Brother”). A gentle giant who at one point weighed more than 750 pounds, he is responsible for the all-time best-selling record by a Hawaiian artist—a simple but haunting voice-and-ukulele medley of two standards, one from the 1930s and the other from the 1960s:...

Classic Tracks: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Watching the Wheels"

Dec 8, 2010, By Matt Hurwitz

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Grammy-winning album Double Fantasy was released in November 1980, just weeks before Lennon’s tragic murder. The disc spawned three Top 10 singles, including “Watching the Wheels,” this month’s “Classic Track,” which producer Jack Douglas counts among his favorite songs on the album. ...

Music: Al and Shelby—Together Again

Nov 10, 2010, By Tom Kenny

“What gets me the most about Shelby is her writing ability,” Schmitt says. “It’s just so real. The silver trailer—she has this love for real things, real feelings, and it’s there in her songs. But that’s who she is as a person, too. Real, warm, honest. I told her down here at McCabe’s that she should do a live album, just her and John Jackson on guitars, because the way she connects with her audience through her voice, her guitar and her emotions is just so honest.” ...

Music: Secret Sisters

Nov 10, 2010, By Blair Jackson

Considering the music industry buzz surrounding the impressive debut album by the neo-traditional country duo the Secret Sisters, it’s remarkable to think that a year ago the act didn’t exist and that real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers hadn’t been knockin’ ’em dead at talent shows or coffee houses in their hometown of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the past several years. They’re that polished, that charismatic. ...

Mics Take Centerstage

Nov 10, 2010, Compiled By Sarah Benzuly

On August 22, 2010, members of the St. Louis Audio Engineering Society section held a mic shootout entitled “Secret Weapons Mic Shootout,” conducted by Larry Cowsert at 12 Bar Productions and Joe Blasingame of Blasingame Audio Productions. ...

Classic Tracks: Metallica's "Enter Sandman"

Oct 25, 2010, By Sarah Benzuly

Today, San Francisco Bay Area–based band Metallica are aptly called “The Monsters of Metal.” But that wasn’t always the case. After finding their hometown not as receptive to their brand of metal, the then-current line-up (James Hetfield, rhythm guitar/lead vocals; Lars Ulrich, drums; Ron McGovney, bass; and Dave Mustaine, lead guitar) headed down to L.A. in the early ’80s to make their way into the burgeoning metal scene. ...

Classic Tracks: John Fogerty's "Centerfield"

Oct 6, 2010, By Blair Jackson

It’s October, and that means playoff baseball and the World Series, so what better “Classic Track” to talk about this month than John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”? Not only does 2010 mark the song’s 25th anniversary, it also earned the supreme honor this past summer of being formally “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.—it plays there ’round the clock. ...

Ray LaMontagne's Great Room Recordings

Oct 6, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

When singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne decided to self-produce an album at home, he asked around, looking for an experienced engineer with enough equipment to capture his five-piece band live in the great room of his house in rural Massachusetts—this was not a job for a DAW and a few mics. LaMontagne’s drummer, Jay Bellerose, and another friend, Elvis Costello, agreed that LaMontagne should give Ryan Freeland a call. ...

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