Did I ever tell you about the time that I saw Uncle Tupelo play a 22 minute opening set for Johnny Cash? It was at this club called Rhythm Cafe in Santa Ana, which then became Galaxy Concert Theater and is now The Observatory.I was seated at a table with 3 other people. Luckily, the table was at the front of one of the levels that the club has, and I was in the front seat of the table.. so I could just put my mic on the wall, pointing at the stage. Sounds pretty damned good.
This was before Johnny Cash had released anything on American Recordings, so only the old die-hard fans from the early days were at the show. Still a good crowd, but they were a bit older (I think the average age was about 60) and they did not know what to think of UT’s aggressive style, even though UT were playing an acoustic set. Sounds like they won some people over.
PS: They started abruptly, so I hit record and it took me about 30 seconds to pull the mic out and set it up. So the 1st 30 seconds isn’t so great.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 and Nakamichi CM-300 mic
Transfer equipment: Sony PCMR500 and M-Audio Adiophile 2496 card

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