After emailing several studios in New Orleans over the last few weeks I managed to get hold of Mike from http://www.nashvilleavesound.com . Mike runs his own studio by day and plays fiddle by night in his hot gypsy jazz band “The Courtyard Kings“. Passion, Technician, Musician…perfect!!
Not only is Mike helping me record the tap dance session for “The Jody Grind”, he is also off today to the French Quarter to help locate one of the many kids that busk around the streets in New Orleans. So hopefully we will be laying down some “Hoofing” once Mike finds the right kid with the right chops.
Yesterday Mike (who I shall introduce in my next post) and I discussed the various ways of recording a tap dancer which we hope to do over the next few days. The conclusion we came to was to build a Foley stage, basically a purpose built stage in the studio, to record these unconventional tap shoes which I will get to in another post. Today he sent me a picture of his efforts:
If the music business doesn’t work out I know what he could turn his hands to. Fine job Mike!!
I’ve been looking for a tap dancer for “The Jody Grind” for over a year now and think, know I have found my talent pool. These kids are from New Orleans and busk around the city with a difference. When you cant afford tap shoes you make them yourself. How? Easy! Crush two soda cans and tack them to your sole. “Hoofing” New Orleans style.
“New Orleans Tap Dancing”. YouTube.com. Uploaded by noisy70 on Jan 4, 2009 <http://youtu.be/uwVwra1sHGk>.
Well tomorrow I shall be recording Jon Dante for “The Jody Grind”. He is bringing a number of horns which we’ll go through to find one that suits the arrangement. The trumpet selection will also affect the mic selection. I am trying to get hold of a ribbon mic for the session but I feel I may go with my trusty C12 or AT-4047. Will post a clip up after the session.