Last week (May 2, 2012) we hit the studio with the incredibly talented folk group, The Rucksack Willies.

The Rucksacks were kind enough to play the role of ‘test-band’ on an experimental session concept that Reuben has been sitting on for a while. Also a credited Recording Engineer, Reuben wanted to try a stripped down, retro-style recording where the session would be limited to eight microphones (or less).

Similar to the way Gabriel Roth and Daptone Records do all the Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings albums, the songs would be done live-off-the floor with the whole band in one room, one or two mics on the drum kit, plenty of sound bleed, etc.

Our goal is to take the minimalist-style concept and apply it to different artists, and genres of music. The session was recorded at Verge Music Lab.

To see the full photo album from the session click here.

The Rucksack Willies at Verge Music Lab - Mojito Mastering, Toronto, Canada

Lucas Gadke (Bass) & Galen Pelley (Drums)- Recorded w/ one microphone each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rucksack Willies at Verge Music Lab - Mojito Mastering, Toronto, Canada

Adrian Gross (Guitar/Mandolin) preps for the session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rucksack Willies at Verge Music Lab - Mojito Mastering, Toronto, Canada

Michael Eckert (Pedal Steel)- Recorded through room mics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rucksack Willies at Verge Music Lab - Mojito Mastering, Toronto, Canada

The Rucksack Willies break to hear the recording- Verge Music Lab, Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for the full-recordings, slated for release at The Rucksack Willies CD Release show on June 7th, at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto.

To see the full photo album from the session click here.

A very special thank you to Steve Major and Verge Music Lab for letting us into their wonderful studio.