Friday, August 5, 2011

Musician's Hall of Fame Video

Sadly the Musicians' Hall of Fame in Nashville is closed and looking for somewhere to re-open right now, but all that great recording studio memorabilia is not completely lost, because they've been putting up some great videos featuring some of the great studio musicians. Here's a clip about Lyle Ritz and the bass he played on numerous hits. Be sure to check out the Hall of Fame's channel on YouTube for much more.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

We're Back!

Here we have a photo from an unknown session, at an unknown studio. But who better to have playing your session? In addition to being a fine jazz guitarist, Howard Roberts played plenty of pop sessions. To the right is Tommy Tedesco, with pianist Al DeLory popping out from behind. Ray Pohlman's in the shades and Lyle Ritz is on string bass.

Check out the great lineup of Fender Amplifiers. Have these ever been bettered? Note that Pohlman is playing a double-cutaway Danelectro 6-string bass. This is responsible for the tic-tac sound on a lot of records, or just for giving more definition to a bassline. He's playing it through a Bassman, which was actually considered a bass amp at the time.

Interesting to note also that there seem to be two pianos on this date, set up side by side; it doesn't seem to be a mirror-image.

We hope to bring you more regular content from now on, so watch for it! We also would like to ask anybody with an interesting story, photo, or question about 60s recording studio culture to contact us -- we love learning new things about this topic!