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9/20/2007

The Kennett Brothers playing Easy to Love

I stumbled across this earlier this week when I had my MP3 player set to random — a Kennett Brothers recording of ‘Easy to Love‘ I had completely forgotten about. The song was written by Edith Frost, a Chicagoan who now lives in the San Francisco area. Edith recorded it on her very fine Wonder Wonder record.

She described the Kennett’s version as such on her Twitter page:

Listening to Edward Burch covering “Easy To Love”. It’s very surreal, like I just unearthed an early version with the vocals at half-speed.

The track comes from a batch of seven songs we recorded in June, 2002, as a wedding present for Edward’s cousin, released on a run of a dozen CD-Rs. All the songs were recorded and mixed pretty hastily, so I’m pleasantly surprised at how decent they sound.

The personnel for the recording:

  • Edward Burch: acoustic guitar and vocals
  • Andy Leach: steel guitar and backing vocals
  • Kenneth Rainey: bass and backing vocals

The sessions were done in my basement using a fairly limited number of mics. The acoustic guitar and vocals were all done with a Rode NT1, the bass with a Beta 52, and the steel guitar with an SM 57.

I tried something different with the bass to get a more unusual tone. I attached a contact transducer to the body of an old Danelectro bass, and ran the signal through my acoustic guitar preamp. I blended that signal with the output of an old National valve bass amp.

The mix is mine, and was done ‘in the box’ using Cool Edit Pro on a crappy Windows machine that has since been relegated to the scrapheap.

Easy to Love (MP3)

Previous Kennett Brothers posts:
The Kennett Brothers play music for Norwegian Fishing Shows
Merry Christmas from the Kennett Brothers, part II
Merry Christmas from the Kennett Brothers
Atom Tan, as performed by the Kennett Brothers

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