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The Big Surprise Tour at the Beacon Theater, August 6, 2009


My friend Jeremy Backofen, producer and multi-instrumentalist, showed off his drum chops and overall geniality at one of the best shows I’ve been to in a long, long time.  The Felice Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine feat. Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Justin Townes Earle all shared the stage for almost four hours at The Beacon, playing all together at times, and in sets that showed off each group.  Here is a review in the NYT.

I just mastered the new Felice Brothers album, the third I’ve done for them.  Seeing them for the first time last night proved their reputation as a great live band - really loose but seriously into it -  and hearing the way Jeremy’s worked with them them over the years to capture that energy has given me newfound respect for how he’s produced their recordings.