Oops! I did it again. This is the third of my James McMurtry covers in a “recorded live” setting, just me and a guitar. Doing these both because it’s fun and to provide demo how-to recordings for JM’s unorthodox guitar technique. He uses three tunings/chord shape sets most commonly, and with this vid I now have a representative example of each.
This is called St. Mary Of The Woods, title track from his 2002 album, and it illustrates one of JM’s signature setups, which I call the “McTuning”: strings tuned to CGDGBD, and then a capo on fret V, but covering all but the lowest string. It’s thus a kind of open C tuning, with that low C giving both a resonant drone thing going on, but also a bass-like string suitable for behind-the-capo walkups, as in the choruses. Maybe a third of his songs are in this tuning, which I could not figure out until seeing it up close on his live streams.
[BTW I did a full studio version cover of this several years ago here in BTR.]
The song tells the story of a woman trying to make it in the music biz, who apparently attended an all-female liberal arts college of that name in Indiana. (The school became coed in 2015 after 175 years.) So that would be the “nest” she might fly back to…
Exact same setup as the previous two of these: recorded both on the Android smartphone and with my AT4040 condenser, blended and panned either side, bit of EQ and light compression. Thanks for watching/listening!