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Welcome to my live music recording information site and blog. Recording live music performances is my passion. Here you will find links to live music recordings and information about recording live music. You'll also find some DIY projects, reviews of concerts and albums, as well as concert posters, art and photographs and links to some of the recordings I've made of bands over the years.

Most of the recordings I make are with a stereo pair of microphones located in the audience section of the venue. Often I get a high quality soundboard feed to mix in with the microphones to make a matrix recording. I don't record bands covertly. Every recording I share here was made with the permission of the band and is available for free download or streaming. I follow the concert tapers code of conduct which means the bands allow me to record their live performances as long as I don't profit from it and I share the recordings freely.

Reflecting on why I like to make live music recordings and looking forward to doing more of that in 2019...


Posted and updated by: Chuck Miller January 1, 2019

I usually like to bring in the New Year while listening to live music. I can't actually remember the last New Year's Eve that I wasn't at a show or watching a pay-per-view event at home on the couch. I just didn't feel the need to get another live show in before 2018 ended. As luck would have it though, just before I went to bed last night I saw a Late Show with Steven Colbert re-run that featured Jeff Tweedy from Wilco singing "Let's Go Rain" from his new solo album WARM. That was a pleasant surprise and fitting end to 2018.

Looking back, I had a satisfying year, musically. I heard and recorded some new bands and attended concerts performed by old favorites. The older I get, the more I appreciate live music. The quality of live sound now plays a large role in that for me. PA systems, even in small clubs, sound much better than they did when I was young. I heard plenty of poorly mixed performances when I first started going to concerts. That was a turn-off. Now, I expect to be able to hear the words the singers are singing and also hear all the instruments clearly. These days, even small bands doing their own sound from the stage can achieve that. Stompin' George Eldon's band does that every time I see them. That's part of what makes a band worth recording -- good sound! When I started to hear really good sound at concerts, especially from the Grateful Dead in the 1980's, that's when I got interested in making recordings. That's what led me here.

When I buy a concert ticket or pay a cover charge to see a band play these days, I expect to hear high quality sound. That was the case with my last concert in 2018, which was the December 29 Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven double bill at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver. I've seen both bands many times. I love their music. Both bands played very well, of course. But they also sounded great! It was easy to make a quality recording. You can read my review and listen to the recordings I made by following the link here if you're interested.

I'm looking forward to 2019. So far, I have tickets and plan to see moe., Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Toad the Wet Sprocket at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. I'd love to see Wilco this year. I haven't made a personally satisfactory recording of them yet. Hopefully they'll play somewhere in Colorado, and I'll get the opportunity. Closer to home, there is a Bob Dylan tribute this month featuring among others, some friends of mine at Stargazer's Theatre and Event Center. Woodshed Red, a band I recently discovered and really like, is playing at that same venue in February. I'll record that performance. I want to record Stompin' George Eldon's band soon, too. They are so unique. I want to expose them to more people.

I also want to record some more diverse music in 2019. I see a lot of jam bands, mainly because they tend to be more open to being recorded. Contact me by email here if you know of a great local band I haven't covered yet. After all, that's part of my mission: to highlight and expose people to good live local music.

Well, those are some of my wishes for the coming year. I'm excited after learning about some of the events that have been announced already. If 2019 is anything like 2018 was, I'll be happy and busy making recordings and sharing them here with you. Cheers. 



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