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'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' video from the 2019 Newport Folk
Old 8th October 2019
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'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' video from the 2019 Newport Folk

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'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' from the 2019 Newport Folk Festival featuring Robin Pecknold, Eric. D. Johnson, James Mercer, Chris Funk, Jason Isbell, John Stirratt, Benmont Tench, Janet Weiss, and the one and only, Judy Collins...



For the folks that may not know all the details about these musicians...

Robin Noel Pecknold is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the principal songwriter and vocalist for the indie folk band Fleet Foxes, with whom he has recorded three studio albums. His voice type is tenor.

Eric Donald Johnson is a singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the leader of the influential folk-rock band Fruit Bats, and for his frequent collaborations with bands such as The Shins, Vetiver and Califone.

James Russell Mercer is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician. He is the founder, vocalist, lead singer-songwriter, and sole remaining original member of the indie rock group The Shins. In 2009, Mercer and producer Danger Mouse formed the side project Broken Bells, for which they released a self-titled album in March 2010, followed by After the Disco in 2014. Mercer also has acted, appearing in Matt McCormick's feature film Some Days Are Better Than Others, which premiered in 2010.

Christopher Funk is a musician and multi-instrumentalist best known as a member of the Portland, Oregon, indie rock band The Decemberists.

Michael Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Green Hill, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. He is known for his solo career, his work with the band The 400 Unit, and as a former member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007. Isbell has won four Grammy Awards.

John Stirratt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in nearby Mandeville. He played regularly around the Southeastern US with The Hilltops, a band based in Oxford, Mississippi that included his twin sister Laurie Stirratt and her husband Cary Hudson. During this time he met and befriended the band Uncle Tupelo and supported them on tours of the East and Midwest.

Benjamin Montmorency "Benmont" Tench III is a musician and singer, best known as a founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Instruments‎: ‎Keyboards‎; ‎vocals

Janet Lee Weiss is a rock drummer, best known as a former member of Sleater-Kinney and a current member of Quasi. She was the drummer for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, leaving after the album Mirror Traffic, and contributed to The Shins' fourth studio album, Port of Morrow. She was also the drummer for the supergroup Wild Flag. Weiss is highly regarded as a drummer; Stylus Magazine listed her in 2007 as number 48 of rock's 50 greatest drummers, while in 2014 LA Weekly placed her at number 12 in the top 20. In 2016, Rolling Stone listed her as number 90 out of 100 top rock and pop drummers, and in 2018, NME ranked her as number 25 of the top 32 rock drummers.

Judith Marjorie Collins is a singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk music, show tunes, pop music, rock and roll and standards) and for her social activism.
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The audio capture complements the vision very well, giving a nice overview of the audience participation. How did you do the audience miking Steve ?

As for the band, well...typical festival all-star jam, quite unremarkable and less than the sum of its parts, not a patch on any CSN rendition I've heard, even now in their old age. Judy Collins looked uncomfortable and out of place up there too.

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Originally Posted by studer58 View Post
The audio capture complements the vision very well, giving a nice overview of the audience participation. How did you do the audience miking Steve ?

As for the band, well...typical festival all-star jam, quite unremarkable and less than the sum of its parts, not a patch on any CSN rendition I've heard, even now in their old age. Judy Collins looked uncomfortable and out of place up there too.
That's what I was going for. I had to come up with a mix that brought out the vibe of enjoyment the participants were having during the performance since it wasn't a well rehearsed situation. That loose presentation had to be mixed a certain way to bring out the fun factor that was going on on stage and in the audience. The audience mics were about 40% of the mix balance with audience rides when applicable.

It is what it is, and sometimes we have to do the best we can. I believe we accomplished that despite the "typical festival all-star jam" production.

Regarding, Judy Collins look, I got a different feeling about it. She was quite happy about being there. She doesn't perform much these days, and it definitely shows, yet she was in no way uncomfortable or felt out of place up there.

On the audience mic question, we used four mics, two upfront and a pair two thirds back from downstage.

In past Newport Folk/Jazz festival shows, we would have two front mics per side and a rear pair.
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