Country Blues Artist Harry Hornsey records at Sonicword

Country Blues Artist Harry Hornsey records at Sonicword

Back in June 2010, guitarist and singer Harry Hornsey came into the studio to record a collection of classic country blues tracks. Harry is a solo performer who’s live shows capture the true spirit of country  blues and ragtime with a unique and raw energy.

For the recording it was important to achieve an organic and pure sound making sure the final record didn’t turn out too modern. We opted for a three mic setup running through ‘Crane Song Spider’ mic pre’s with plenty of Dave Hills analogue push to tape effect applied. Compression was kept to a minimum while tracking allowing for plenty of dynamics. Things were kept simple in the mix too with no use of reverb. Ambience was achieved with the use of a large diaphragm condenser mic placed pretty much dead center in the room, reminiscent of how the early blues records were recorded.

It is not often that artists record debut albums with instruments they have made themselves!  As well as being a great guitarist Harry is a talented guitar luthier. The two fine instruments heard on this record are both 100% hand made by Harry himself!!

The album is now being mastered and due for release in January 2011. . . in the meantime, here is a sneak preview of whats to come:

The final track choices are:

  • Rope Strechin’ Blues
  • It’ll Never Happen No More
  • He’s in the Jail House Now
  • Kind Hearted Woman
  • Harry’s Rag
  • Meat Shakin’ Mama
  • I Got mine
  • Malted Milk
  • Filthy Rich
  • One Dime Blues
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’

The album will be available soon from Harry’s website is which is now under construction.


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