What about this performance compelled you to release it as a live album?
Compelled would be a very strong word actually, lol. Funny thing is, we didn’t even know the album was being recorded. We opened for Heather Gillis at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA back in July 2019. When the night was over, the sound guy for the night, Mike Tate, asked for our email and that he would send us some files. He sent us a rough mix and the rest of the recordings from the night. While we thought that sounded good, the boys and I figured we’d just keep it and mess around with it later without a real pressure or guarantee that it will be released. I started messing around with it to get another good mix but again, nothing serious.
Fast forward to early last year when things were shutting down and we were losing gigs, we weren’t sure when we would gig again. Also, many artists were starting to get into streaming performances and doing online events. We figured instead of risking it by getting together, we dig up the recordings, find someone to mix and master it and release it as a ‘show’ till the boys and I can get out gigging again. After looking, Scott Bloodsworth of Scooter Studios offered to help us out, and the rest is history.
Fun fact: I love live recordings. Some of my favorite records of all time are live recordings so I always wanted to put one out. I get lost listening to them because that is the closest you can get to see an artist play live or a recorded video. Depending on how formal the recording is, you get to see a different side of the musicians and artists while their character sings through without it being filtered by the tedious in-studio and overdubbing process.
Listening back, how do you feel about the album?
I used to say to the guys that if I knew the recordings were eventually going to be released as an album, I would have taken fewer and short solos, kept the songs short, and paid more attention to my singing. While I am very critical about my playing, music, and work overall, I have to look at the album in a very different light. And when I do, it is pretty good. Good, because to us, it was just another TBRP (The Blues Reincarnation Project) show that happened to be recorded, pure, raw, and unfiltered, capturing the essence of what it means to come to a TBRP show. While we might be blinded by the feelings of nostalgia by the events that took place that night, I am still proud of the way we played and what was recorded.