It might not be exactly apparent from listening to this recording, but go to Billy’s Barn sometime and tell me if you agree that the room sounds warm and good.
Jake Dempsey, bassist for The Floorboards, said he thinks it has the best sounding
room stage in the valley, and is a really good room. I defer to Dempsey — Music Lab at Jefferson Center recording engineer, Blue 5 soundman, onetime studio owner. The guy has good ears.
Dempsey and The Floorboards, Matt Browning, Bob Chew, Patrick Turner and George Penn Jr., played the room on Saturday (12.15.12), and there was not much of a crowd. There were similar acts in the valley that night — The Boatmen at Growler’s and Folk Soul Revival at Schooners (video from the Folk Soul show is forthcoming today). But part of the problem is that people might think that Billy’s Barn is way out in the sticks.
In fact, it’s less than 10 minutes from downtown, via 581 to 81 to 419 to 311. Check it out sometime, if you like to hear good bands in a good sounding room.
Speaking of both those things, here are The Floorboards playing “New Minglewood Blues,” from The Grateful Dead by way of Noah Lewis.