Recording with Brad Webb of I55 and Memphis Blues Society Jam by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

Posted on 5/24/2010 by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

(Memphis, Tennessee) This week I return to play some parts on Fred Sanders soon to be released CD on the I55 Records label. I thought some of you might enjoy taking a trip into the studio with me. Above, early 60's brown-faced Bassman heads in blonde Tolex..yeah, they sound damn good.

Brad Webb and Tony Adams pontificating over ProTools

There's those Bassman heads, a guitar's best friend

Autographed poster of Stevie Ray Vaughn adorns the studio wall.

Many posters from great gigs in the past, many with Blind Mississippi Morris

Tony Adams guides the author through his overdubs with patience and skill
Tony is a great friend and a world respected drummer, singer and songwriter
He has written a definitive text on drums and the tuning thereof
Check out his website:

Here's a little info about my friend, Tony Adams from the TAD website, "Tony is also a recording session specialist, hired by record labels, producers and engineers not only as a player but frequently as a drum technician. In this role he works to deliver optimal and sometimes unique drum and percussion sounds possible for such diverse acts as Matchbox Twenty, Creed, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Puddle of Mudd, Disturbed, Nonpoint, Brother Cane, doubleDrive, Edwin McCain, Angie Aparo, Less Than Jake, Corrosion of Conformity, the Superjesus and many more. Drawing from these experiences, Tony recently began holding clinics on drum tuning. No stranger to the road, Tony has also worked multiple tours with Matchbox Twenty, Staind and Alter Bridge."

Beale Street...kills on contact...who knew?

Crazy old gear stacked on piles of Blind Mississippi Morris and the Pocket Rockets CD's...manufacturing meets distribution right here.

This is the two inch tape we used before and after digital recording arrived.
One 17 1/2 minute reel now costs about $250

Multicolored sound treatment on the walls gives this room it's good sound

Here's the author's Leslie in an isolation booth

Time by Pepsi

Posters autographed by B.B.King and Rufus Thomas

A shrine to Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman

Tony Adams troubleshooting a hum in the lines

Tony Adams kicks ProTools into high gear

Brad Webb reviews the tracking sheets for Fred Sanders' upcoming CD

We had a couple of great days of tracking and I enjoyed both the vintage B-3 of Russ Wheeler which I played and also my own XK-3c Hammond, both of which performed magic. Thanks Laurens Hammond and Don Leslie.

Memphis Blues Society Jam

Yesterday the Memphis Blues Society placed a new tarp up on the roof of Memphis Slim's original Memphis home which is badly in need of restoration. Thanks to all the fine folks and volunteers who donated time and funds to help with this ongoing effort.

To contribute time or funds to the effort, please contact the Memphis blues Society here:

This week we return to yet another enjoyable blues jam held at Neil's on Madison where some great music was played by the blues insiders of the Memphis blues scene. Below are a few images of the night's fun.

Memphis Blues Society President Darren J. Fallas

Teo Bassman, the Evil one, bassist for Tinsley Ellis and basssit Leo Goff

Leo Goff and Jerrod Booty at the blues jam

Billy Gibson

Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, Leo Goff, Burr the Evil One and Billy Gibson

author and John Gemmil Vice-President of the Memphis Blues Society

grant writer and friend Heidi Knockenheur and Eric Hughes

jamming begins at Neil's on Madison Avenue

A familiar sight, the back bar at Neil's. I have known Neil for 35 years and played countless gigs here.


© Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, 2010

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