Category Archives: Banjo

Jim Lauderdale – Ain’t No Way


Vocals recorded on an MA-200 through a Universal Audio LA-610 Banjo recorded on two MA-200s through a Fred Forssell designed preamp with no compression or eq.

Full Mix

Solo Vocal

Taken from ‘The Bluegrass Diaries’ – his 2007 Grammy Award Winner for
Best Contemporary Bluegrass Album.

Produced by Randy Kohrs

Randy Kohrs

Vocal and Banjo recorded on MA-200
Artist – Randy Kohrs (website)
Track: ‘She Ain’ Comin Back’
Album: Old Photograph
Label: Rural Rhythm Records

She Ain’t Comin’ Back  – Full Mix

She Ain’t Comin’ Back – Solo Vocal

RANDY KOHRS is the consummate music man – singer, songwriter, master resophonic guitarist, engineer, and producer. To date, he has played on over 500 CDs, ranging from legends such as Hank Thompson and Jerry Reed to current chart-topping artists including Dierks Bentley and The Wreckers – not to mention the countless bluegrass recordings he’s played on for such well-known acts as Larry Sparks, Rhonda Vincent, Mark Newton, Bradley Walker, Jim Lauderdale, Lou Reid, and 3 Fox Drive, to barely scratch the surface.

Randy produced, engineered, mixed and performed and sang harmony on Jim Lauderdale’s ‘The Bluegrass Diaries’ – 2008 Grammy Award winner for ‘Best Bluegrass Album’

“I normally use very little eq in final mix unless there is a problem. I never boost top end, only getting rid of ugly frequencies. If there is a problem, I usually rerecord the part correctly instead of messing around trying to get what I want with plug-ins that might get me 60% there. That is why the tools I choose are so indispensable.

I rely on good players, good instruments and Mojave Audio front end gear to do the job properly.

Acoustic music is so easy to sour with the overuse of modern tools and techniques. I rely on good players, good instruments and Mojave Audio front end gear to do the job properly. The rest is up to me to mix well enough to please the pickiest musician.”

– Randy Kohrs

Tony Furtado

From his teenage years until the present, guitarist amd banjo player Tony Furtado has wandered through genres and styles, never growing static and always evolving musically. He has toured tirelessly for over two decades and has garnered a great deal of respect from his peers, and has opened for and toured with acts such as Greg Allman, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, Leftover Salmon, Eric Johnson and he has shared the stage with the likes of Sonny Landreth, Keith Richards, David Lindley, Derek Trucks, Norah Jones, among many others. His music has taken him all over the country and into the hearts of many a music lover. Whether he’s playing with a band, or recording as a solo artist, his playing and considerable skills as a multi-instrumentalist and his strong songwriting prowess have led to him to be embraced on record and on stage.

Audio Samples and Photos

Acoustic Guitar – MA-201fet

Acoustic Guitar – MA-201fet and two MA-100 omni capsule

Banjo – MA-201fet

Banjo –  Two MA-201fet

Acoustic Guitar through Blackface Bassman with a 4 x 12 cabinet