Great idea: picturesque and comfortable recording studios in rural settings doubling as venues. Maybe the Rambles had it first, but there’s no patent on this kind of repurposing. Good recording studios are spacious enough, often designed with the aesthetics of the creative headspace in mind (“What’s with all the candles?” – Steve Albini) and, of course, either pristine-sounding and well-equipped or rather out of business.
Enter Woodstock Sessions, an initiative that leverages the venue potential of the lovely Applehead Studio just outside of Woodstock, as well as the various industry connections of its proprietors and the rich pool of local talent. Woodstock Sessions takes the obvious next step and records the sessions, releasing them as a boutique and branded run of intimate live performances. The six sessions released to date have included the Allan Evans Trio (or Soulive), Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) and Medeski, Martin, & Wood plus Nels Cline.
The next session keeps it in the improvisational/experimental groove vein with keyboard whiz and songwriter/composer Marco Benevento on Saturday, September 3 at 4 p.m. Tickets to this unique event cost $65, which includes the session, a barbecue and Meet-and-Greet, a limited-edition vinyl LP of the session and a commemorative poster. For tickets and further instructions, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2586002. For more on Woodstock Sessions, visit http://woodstocksessions.com.