Acoustic Live Series
The solo acoustic (usually cover) gigs, were a product of the environment I was living in from (roughly) 2007-12; A large metro area, which had an underwhelming "original" music scene, but a massive food and beverage industry (and its own "wine country") - If you were willing to play acoustic covers at that time, and in that area, you would never want for a gig....
However, me being me, I always try to sneak "original" music in. This series is an archive of that window of time. It is just as advertised, acoustic + live. These are all one-takes (no overdubs, edits, or "gearing-up") The goal was to record these songs as if I were playing in your living room. I created iTunes and Spotify playlists - and there are some links below.
Also, some of you may have noticed that I recorded a lot of covers during that period - and they are now "missing." The only reason I recorded those is that I was playing those "types" of gigs at the time - and people who did the booking needed to know what that project sounded like.
Music in general comes in four iterations; studio version, acoustic/unplugged version, live and instrumental. Doing an acoustic cover of a song that doesn't have an existing version in that iteration, is both cool and new. However, due to the plummeting costs of home recording, there is a practice known as "cover-sharking," which is recording an acoustic version the week after an album drops, to ride the coattails of the content creators. That is not cool.
Also, there are some rules/cautions in scripture that center around the number 7; like letting your fields rest, or relieving a debt. Although the commands are "technically" directed toward farmers and lenders, I still try to honor them. Therefore, I wouldn't record a cover within 7 years of original release.... only leave songs for commercial sale for seven years....
.... unless, it is the only version that exists, etc.
DIY - Notes
Home recording was really starting to come into its own at this time (2005-2010) - The price of many links in the recording chain came down, and were within reach of mere mortals. Digital recorders like my LR-16 had solid preamps and recorded 24-bit. The price of condensor mics finally fell to earth, & most could afford the upgrade....
The power of home computing was also advancing in leaps and bounds, and "regular" home PCs, were now starting to ship with enough power (& memory) to handle a real multi-track project, as well as some early "mastering" software choices - Interface + PC was no longer a "crash'tastic frustration."
Granted, recording at home will always have it's downsides - neighbors, dogs barking, car alarms etc... to speak nothing of the fact that you can only use so good a mic in your living room, before it starts to pick up the hum of the fridge, or heaters in winter; kinda issues.... But, you could still do a thing or two, and cause some good trouble.