ROSEVILLE, CA, 2009 — Lincoln Brewster keeps busy doing many things – focusing his energies on raising a family, making instructional DVDs, touring, recording, and serving as the worship arts pastor at Bayside Church in this Northern California town just outside of Sacramento. Having built a reputation on the Christian music scene as a singer/songwriter and guitarist, the 37-year-old musician has played with artists ranging from Journey's Steve Perry to Michael W. Smith, shared writing credits with Paul Baloche, and posted his own share of radio hits. Released in September 2008, Today is the Day (Integrity Music) follows 2002's Amazed as his latest studio album, and is a 10-track sonic tribute to technical and tuneful skills developed over the course of a career that began at age 12.
As a Shure endorser, it's not uncommon to see Brewster onstage singing into a KSM9 or sporting PSM ®700 in-ear personal monitors. Back in the studio, tracks for Today is the Day were committed to Pro Tools while microphones used throughout the sessions were entirely Shure products from start to finish, with the large diaphragm KSM44 condenser chosen for all vocals.
"I have a couple of KSM44s that seemed like they were doing everything on this record at times," Brewster explained while taking a much-deserved break over the holidays last month. "I used a lot of guitar modeling on these tracks too, and that was done with SM57s on my cabinets. SM98s and KSM27s were used on toms, and depending on the situation, KSM141s, KSM27s, KSM32s, KSM44s, or SM81s were used for drum overheads."
Today is the Day was recorded in Brewster's own home studio, with the artist serving as producer, engineer, and performer multiple roles he has been comfortable holding since his earliest days as a teenage musician making demos in his bedroom.
"The home studio offers many advantages," he believes, "especially if you really know your room. Being able to mix and perform just about every other major aspect of the production process in one location gives you freedom from constraints of time and place you can't find anywhere else."
Brewster has made it a standing policy throughout his career to never endorse products unless he actually uses them, and has been before the time of formalizing a professional relationship with a company. "If I fall in love with a piece of gear, I usually just call the company and tell them their stuff is amazing," he says, describing his style and approach when it comes to such matters. "If there's a good fit for me to represent that product in some way, fine. If not, that's OK, too."
Adopting an equally laid-back attitude toward his road schedule during the early part of this year, he will tour through the first quarter "lightly," setting aside time to focus on developing more resource materials like his Volume 1 Instructional DVD released concurrently with Today is the Day. Revealing the secrets of his signature solos and rhythm parts note-by-note, the DVD also demonstrates hammer-ons, pull-offs, bending, and vibrato techniques.
"I'll be providing a lot more in terms of instruction this year," he adds. "All based upon what I find out guitar players want to learn and then helping to meet that need. I have tentative plans to tour in the spring, and again heavily in the fall."
Tour stops already scheduled for this spring include dates at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds in Hudsonville, MI (May 16), and at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA (May 22).
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