I recorded myself performing Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” about four years ago, and I happened to record it again last week while I was running through my solo repertoire. This performance is backed by the same recorded arrangement I used four years ago, so it’s easy to compare the performances.
When I do so, I hear immediately that I play and sing this tune a lot better now than I did five years ago. Very gratifying to know that I’m not on the decline yet. Or at least gratifying to so delude myself.
The second thing I hear is that the arrangement works well, and the “slide guitar” patch I set up on the Digitech RP500 works as intended. Just love having that big monster at my feet. Also worth noting that, while the RP350 I used for the first recording is a very nice piece of gear, the RP500 is nicer.
In addition to the RP500, I’m using a Fireball V mic. The signal from the RP500 goes to a Digitech JamMan Stereo looper, where it’s mixed with the vocal mic and the prerecorded music (bass, drums, harmonicas) and output as a mono signal to a Peavey KB2 amp. The audio is recorded by a Zoom H4 positioned a few inches from the grill of the Peavey. I applied a little EQ and limiting to the recorded audio; otherwise, what you hear is what I played, in the order I played it.
Enjoy this rockin’ blues. I sure did.
Mississippi Queen performed by Richard Hunter