Lydia Ruffin’s new album, “Feast of Life” is coming out on Tuesday. I’m playing at the release concert and really looking forward to it. There are some excellent players on the show including my brother Dan, who produced the recording.
This is one of those times where I am playing my percussion rig but there’s no drummer, so I’m trying to emulate the kit. This is challenging but I’ve found (as have so many others) that the cajon works well for this. My big cajon didn’t have any snares or wires at first so it didn’t really cut through the mix. I went to Lowe’s and bought a door closing spring and tacked it against the playing head. Now there’s a funky rattle that I like a lot. And it cost ones of dollars!
Another way to get a nice bright back beat is using the Pearl Conga Snare Rake. It can be adjusted so that it is all the way on, but I set it so it’s slightly over the playing surface. If you hit it with your hand on you get a crunchy pop on two and four that works better than a slap (at least for me) on a gig like this.
Here are the details:
The Feast of Life CD Release Concert
Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 pm
The Sheldon Concert Hall
St. Louis, MO 63108
$10 at the door