Monthly Archive for June, 2008

Berkeley Cafe Show

Tad Dreis band, Berkeley Cafe

At the WKNC radio interview last Friday, a certain record producer of some stature requested MY opinion of home vs. studio recording. Woo! Later that evening, I had a blast listening to how we all sounded through the big rock club speakers. Kind of awesome to hear it in full color after rehearsing in my living room through a practice amp. I was a little distracted actually, just listening to the band rocking, but I don’t think I missed any lyrics too badly.

Pinch hitter Jack Hill carried the day on bass, and here’s a ticker tape welcome home for Hugh Swaso, who has played guitar with me a number of times in smaller settings, but never on the big stage. Finally, drummer Rob DiMauro brought both Bonham and Copeland to mind while employing mostly brushes and hotrod bundles, which is to say I hardly ever have him use normal sticks and yet he brings the rock, and smart.

And of course big thanks to Don Dixon, Jamie Hoover, and Jim Brock for having us open and being gracious and cool guys, and to Marianne Taylor for setting up the show, and for working hard in general to put on great Americana shows for Triangle twang and roots fans.

The picture above appears courtesy of Merch Mike.

Raleigh, NC – 06/13/08

WKNC Interview & Raleigh Show Tonight

Tonight I play with my band at the Berkeley Cafe, and before the show, sometime between 5 and 6 this evening (Friday June 13) I’ll be live on the air at WKNC 88.1 FM in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can listen online at It’s primarily an interview with the show headliner Don Dixon, the legendary producer and musician, but I’m pretty sure you’ll hear my voice and even a little live music from me, too.

It’s the Local Beat show with DJ Hand Banana (no pun intended). Afterwards, we’re off to soundcheck at the club. I’m opening with my band, so come early at 9! Doors open at 8 and tickets are $15. I know, I know, pricey for a Tad show, but just remember all those coffeehouse shows you never had to pay for and add them up…

Arbor Ridge Studios

I’ve been doing some sessions recording at Jeff Crawford’s Arbor Ridge Studios, and you can hear an instrumental track for “The Makeup Company” over at his site. In this picture, I’m getting ready to record a nylon string guitar track for the song “Telephone.” Apparently I frown when I tune. In the background you can see the blankets and comforters Jeff hung all over the vocal booth to deaden it. It’s pretty cozy in there. I like recording, but it is hard work and, as evidenced by the green bottles overflowing the studio’s recycling bin, it can drive a man to drink Sun Drop.