Brad Meador
     blog       music       about
Jul 28

Bazaar Cafe with Erston Pearcy – Sat, Aug 8

Filed under: gigs | Back to: Homepage

In addition to Tuesday’s gig with Mary Elizabeth, I’ve got a gig on Saturday with pop troubadour, Erston Pearcy:

Saturday, August 8 from 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Bazaar Café
5927 California Street, between 21st & 22nd Avenues
San Francisco, CA 94121

It’s always a pleasure to play with Erston.  As before, we’ll be trading sets of all original, all acoustic music.  Stop by on Saturday and say hello.

Jul 28

Bazaar Cafe with Mary Elizabeth Beckman – Tues, Aug. 4

Filed under: gigs | Back to: Homepage

In a slight scheduling snafu of my own making, I’ve got two gigs coming up at the Bazaar Cafe.  The first one is with Mary Elizabeth Beckman:

Tuesday, August 4 from 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Bazaar Café
5927 California Street, between 21st & 22nd Avenues
San Francisco, CA 94121

If you haven’t heard M.E. yet, you are in for a treat.  We’ll be trading sets of all original, all acoustic music.  If you miss this one, check Erston and me out on the 8th

Jul 17

Simple Pleasures Cafe – Saturday, July 18

Filed under: gigs, live music | Back to: Homepage

If you’re not going to the Kenny Chesney\Sugarland concert at AT&T Park on Saturday, come by Simple Pleasures Cafe to See Robin, Eric and Me:

Simple Pleasures Cafe – Saturday, July 18th
Time: 8pm
Address: 3434 Balboa St., San Francisco CA 94121

Simple Pleasures is very casual.  In addition to coffee, they’ve got beer, wine and snacks.  Stop by if you want to relax to some all acoustic, all original music.

And a quick story about Sugarland…

Eddie’s Attic is the premiere acoustic venue in the Southeast.  When I lived in Atlanta, they had Open Mic every Monday and picked a winner who came back for a shootout later in the year.  It was at one of these shootouts that I saw Jennifer Nettles – now part of Sugarland – win as part of a duo called Soul Miner’s Daughter.  They were awesome, so I went to catch them every chance that I could before I moved to the West Coast.

In the final round, they were up against a guy who was a perfect technician on the guitar.  He played first – a very sweet, intricate, all acoustic arrangement of Rubber Ducky from Sesame Street – and brought the house down.  Soul Miner’s Daughter got up and said something like “there’s no way we can compete on guitar, so here’s an acapella song about sex.”  The guitarist never had a chance.  I found the song on YouTube:

See you guys tomorrow night at Simple Pleasures!

Jul 08

Recording Project Off to a Slow Start

Filed under: project, recordings | Back to: Homepage

Meh.  Critiques wanted!

A couple of weeks ago I started the new recording project in earnest.  I tinkered for three days with mic placement, various recording techniques and a TON of takes on two songs.  Net net, I don’t think I have any stuff that will make the final cut, but the mix is below.  I am hoping that you will listen with a critical ear and give advice on what’s working and what’s not.  These are big, lossless WMA files, so you’ll probably want to download to your hard drive first and play from there:

Nothing Left to Lose
It’s Not You It’s Me

Both started as live takes with acoustic guitar and lead vocals.  I used a couple of C1 Studio Project Mics, close mic-ing the vox and setting the guitar mic about 36 inches back.  This led to a lot of bleed in both mics, but I greatly prefer the live takes over tracking.  The mix includes some EQ and slight reverb to compensate for the dead room.  No other effects added.  My goal is a warm, intimate sound.  Note that this isn’t mastered, so it will sound softer when compared to a normal commercial track.

Feel free to post feedback here or drop me a note.  Thanks!