Festival Link - Downloads for Lovers of Live Music

AR-crooked.jpgBy now anyone who's into audio knows about HD Tracks but I'd like to introduce you to another download site, Festival Link.

Festival Link's mission is, "to capture 'festival moments' and make them widely available while the memories of the show are fresh in your mind." Most of the music in their library of performances are from live concerts by the likes of Government Mule, John Cowan, 20th, 21st, and 22nd Merlefests, Austin Lounge Lizards, The Avett Brothers, Beausoleil, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Crooked Still, David Bromberg, Doc Watson, The Duhks, The Greencards, Hot Tuna, Jerry Douglas, Leftover Salmon, Norman Blake, Suzy Bogguss, Vance Gilbert, The Waifs, Levon Helm, and The American Beauty Project, and many others. Recordings are available via download in MP3 or FLAC or by mail via a CD and run between $13 and $19.

All the Festival Link FLACs and CDs are full res Redbook spec at 44.1/16 bits. They come with downloadable cover and insert art as well as reviews of the recordings and performances by users. C.W said of the Avett Brothers, "The sound is like punk rock played on bluegrass instruments. A very 'striped-down' sound, with harsh vocals at times, not bad vocals, just purposely sung off key."

The recordings I've heard from Festival Link have far better sonic quality than what you'd hear from an amateur taper. The recording crew, made up of primarily of folks who work with Airshow Mastering are all seasoned professionals. David Glasser and James Tuttle are both Grammy-nominated mastering engineers who have been working with acoustic and rock musicians for many years. Everything from Festival Link is carefully mixed and mastered at Airshow to insure top quality. It shows on the recordings.

So if you like modern acoustic and roots music played in a live concert setting you need to log onto Festival Link and begin downloading some fresh and vibrant new music.

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