Home  |  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News       

High-End High-Performance Audiophile Review Magazine & Hi-Fi Audio Equipment Reviews
Audiophile Equipment Review Magazine High-End Audio

  High-Performance Audio Reviews
  Music News, Show Reports, And More!

  29 Years Of Service To Music Lovers

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Greg Brown
In The Hills of California
Live from the Kate Wolf Music Festival

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

 

CD Number: Red House Records RHR CD 180 

 

  The best folk musicians by the very nature of their craft must be both great storytellers and superb entertainers. On In The Hills of California Live from the Kate Wolf Music Festival Greg Brown treats us to over 2 1/2 hours of his music and stories. Recorded during the six years that Brown has performed at this festival, the CD mimics the continuity of two complete unabridged on-stage sets.

Greg Brown's relaxed and intimate stage persona comes across as the most striking aspect of this live concert CD. Even in front of an audience of 5000 in a huge open-air venue Brown makes you feel as if he were sitting playing on the living room couch. Although accompanied at times by Nina Gerber or Garnet Rogers on electric lead guitar, Bill Griffin on mandolin, Dave Moore on harmonica, and Karen Savoca on percussion, this album feels primarily like a solo concert. All the accompanists stay very much in the background, allowing Greg lots of breathing space. Longtime fans will enjoy hearing how Brown's live performances differ from his slicker studio versions. Many, such as "The Poet Game," are markedly different.

Considering the recordings were made over a six-year span, their sound has a remarkably consistent level of quality. Recording engineer Dave Ferri along with mastering engineer Ken Lee deserve the credit for this remarkable sonic feat. Most of the songs were mixed live and recorded direct to DAT, which is the recording equivalent of tightrope walking without a net. Proceeds from In The Hills of California Live from the Kate Wolf Music Festival go to the Jungalbandi music and arts education program of the Sebastopol community center located near the late Kate Wolf's home.

If you consider yourself a Greg Brown fan, In The Hills of California Live from the Kate Wolf Music Festival qualifies as a must-have CD. If you've heard of Greg Brown, but aren't familiar with his music, this CD also makes a superb first taste.

 

Enjoyment:

Sound Quality:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews

 

 


Show Reports
HIGH END Munich 2024
AXPONA 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
...More Show Reports

 

Videos
Our Featured Videos

 


Industry & Music News

High-Performance Audio & Music News

 

Partner Print Magazines
audioXpress
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

 

 

     

Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.