Sunday, January 14, 2024

Chris Forsyth at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee on November 2, 2022

Guitarist Chris Forsyth was born in 1973 and grew up in New Jersey. His musical journey has been marked by a fusion of genres, blending elements of rock, psychedelia, and experimental music to create a sound that is both unique and highly satisfying.

Here is a fiery recording from Chris and band from November 2022 at the legendary Cactus Club in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee

One of Forsyth's most interesting characteristics is his ability to navigate between structured compositions and improvisational passages. His guitar work is infused with intricate fingerpicking, dynamic shifts, and a strong sense of melody.

In addition to his solo work, Forsyth has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians such as William Tyler, Ryley Walker, and Meg Baird.

Forsyth's discography is exceptionally strong. Beyond his studio recordings, Forsyth is renowned for his live performances, many of which you can find on his bandcamp page. 

For this tour, he co-headlined with Meg Baird, each artist using the same core backing band of Doug McCombs on bass and Ryan Jewell on drums.

Thanks so much to Chris for going out of his way to help tapers and to request FOH sound engineer Alex to provide me with a board feed.

Buy his latest album here.

Recording information:

Milwaukee, WI 
Cactus Club

Chris Forsyth: guitar and vocal
Doug McCombs: bass
Ryan Jewell: drums 
Charlie Saufley: guitar (on track 7)

Source: SBD (stereo) + mics on 8 foot stand at mixing board
Microphones: Line CM3 (ORTF)
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre 6ii at 32bit float, 96kHz
Software: Audacity, xAct, Fission

Set list:
01 Tomorrow Might As Well Be Today (3:45)
02 You’re Going To Need Somebody [Richard Thompson] (4:14)
03 Bad Moon Risen (5:08)
04 Experimental & Professional (9:02)
05 Heaven For A Few (8:18)
06 Long Beach Idyll (8:03)
07 Robot Energy Machine (15:38)

Total time = 54:08


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  1. Any chance the Meg Baird half of the show was recorded? Thanks!

  2. Yes, it was recorded. At some point it will be uploaded. Thanks for asking.