Note on MP3 files
These MP3 files are each about 1.5 to 3 MB. If you have a cable, DSL, or other high-speed connection, downloading will be fast. If you are still using a dial-up account, they will take a lot more time to download.
The Band in Action
We've had the pleasure of working with award-winning photographer Connie Miller on several occasions through the years. She was kind enough to let us post some of her images of the band from a recent wedding. She can be reached at StudioAtticus.com.
Above, Chris Ledbetter. Copyright Studio Atticus.
Above, Bob Kirby. Copyright Studio Atticus.
As the live-music scene continues its death-spiral, a new trend has developed in the wedding band market: Since most bands no longer have any live gigs to showcase themselves to potential clients, many wedding bands have resorted to producing expensive, polished videos in which they “lip-synch” to pre-recorded audio. Instead of showing what a band really sounds (and for that matter looks) like in a live setting, these videos show the bands in an artificially-favorable light, dressed to the nines and smiling for the camera while they pretend to “perform” a selection of their best tunes. If the product they’re selling was a CD or some other form of recorded music, that would be fine. However, in hiring a band for a reception or corporate function, what a band sounds like live is what matters most.
The Swinging Johnsons/ Johnson Brothers Band urges all potential clients to ask for and check out actual live recordings of any band they’re considering hiring. You might shocked what these bands really sound like live....
To that end, we humbly offer these live recordings for your consideration.
This is a board tape completely live with no overdubs (it's barely even mixed). There are some brutal moments, but we trust everyone will appreciate it for what it is -- a snapshot of us playing on an average Friday night. Keep that in mind when comparing this to other bands' polished, overdubbed studio recordings. Hope you enjoy it.
These are taken from two continuous sets, cut up into smaller files for ease of listening. In our sets we often transition seamlessly from one song to the next without stopping, so some of the cuts on these tracks are choppy. Some tracks include 2 or 3 songs because they blend together so much.
1: Take Me Home Tonight -- Eddie Money
Below are a couple of videos from a wedding we played in September 2012. You can see a dozen other videos from this event on YouTube's Swinging Johnsons channel.
Let's Stay Together / Miracles
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Wedding Showcase Video
Below is a video from a recent wedding showcase we played at King’s in Oct 2012. We wanted to see if we could squeeze 16 songs into 20 minutes. The result is a bit manic, but covers a bunch of songs that people always seem to request. More notably, it also showcases our ability to segue between songs; when the dance floor is filled, you don’t want a band that stops between every song, as the dance floor will begin to empty. We didn’t rehearse this set; everyone simply received a set list before we went on and we ran them down. The five band members on stage here have literally done over 500 weddings together over the last 12 years, so we can do things the average wedding band can only dream of.