Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Album – The BIG Session (part 3) » MS41

Del Rey and her crew

This is actually just a shot of the trio rehearsing, before we started tracking. Since there were 3 clarinet parts arranged, and only 2 players, we tracked Del and one clarinet together, and then 2 more clarinets together. I think we were just starting to experiment with some mics on Del here. I think we ended up using that Elam 251 on her vocal, and probably a U87 on her guitar (mono). It’s a cool little cutaway national-style guitar (not a national – someone made it for her) – it’s kind of a parlour sized guitar, and I found that it kicked way more sound out of the cone than most nationals I’ve heard. The positioning of the mic made a huge difference.

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