Nashville, TN (February 4, 2008)– Honeydripper, a fable about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in 1950 at the Honeydripper Lounge juke joint in Alabama, is currently opening in select theaters around the country. The film, directed by John Sayles, unusually incorporates music performed and recorded live on the set.
Logan Patton, based in Atlanta and Nashville, was the location music engineer for Honeydripper and was assisted by Matt Andrews, from Nashville. “Mason Daring, the music composer, contracted me to design, supply and operate all multitrack recording and playback systems for the Honeydripper location in Alabama,” says Patton. “For this particular job, I assembled a system comprised of Neve and Amek mic pres, Midas mixing consoles for playback, and two separate Pro Tools systems–HD7 and LE–for recording and playback. All of this was jammed into a temporarily acoustically treated 24-ft. straight truck.”
According to Patton, “The microphones used were various brands of wired and wireless lavs as well as older microphones modified with newer capsules, many of which needed repair between takes. Playback monitoring [cue mix] was accomplished through various systems, including house PA off-camera, which had to be moved from scene to scene, hidden stage floor wedges, wireless in-ear monitors and wired in-ear monitors. Control room monitoring in the truck was done with Genelec 1031s and Auratones. Also, I built a makeshift overdub booth on set in which to record all of [blues vocalist and former Ray Charles backing singer] Mabel John’s vocals. Wireless Clearcom was used for truck to set communications.”
The Honeydripper cast features a host of musicians, including Keb’ Mo’, Eddie Shaw, Arthur Lee Williams and Gary Clark Jr., recently named Best Blues Artist at the Austin Music Awards.
Patton concludes, “While the audio on this project was done on a shoestring budget, and film crews are not usually accustomed to working with a multitrack truck on set, everything worked as deigned and with no problems.”