Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers will record a live album at The Coop @ Threeforty Creative Group Saturday. The resulting album, “Until It Thunders,” will be available before Christmas. (Special Illustration)
ALBANY — There are fans of Albany-based rockers Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers who’ve collected the band’s studio recordings but have never seen the Gamblers live.
There are others who see Barber and the boys live every opportunity they get, but they’ve never experienced the band’s studio work.
Those worlds will collide Saturday when Barber & the Gamblers play a $5 show at The Coop @Threeforty Creative Group. The performance will be recorded live and released as an album in time to give Gambler fans a little Christmas cheer.
“With the technology today, music that’s recorded in studios is made pretty much perfect,” Barber said. “Live, music is loud and energetic. You just don’t get that in studio recordings.
“We try to have fun with our shows, and that’s what we want to come across on this album. We want to put it out just like we play it, with no editing.”
Gambler fans in particular and music fans in general are invited to come to Threeforty at 2516 Dawson Road for the recording session. The $5 entry fee includes an acoustic performance by Heath Deloach of The Notion, and sets by the Evergreen Family Band and Waycross’ Pinebox Dwellers. Doors open at 9 p.m.
The live recording is a break for Barber & the Gamblers, who have been working on a new studio album in recent weeks. That work, tentatively titled “Wrong Somehow,” is almost finished and is expected to be available early next year.
The live album, which will be called “Until It Thunders,” will feature a number of special guests and include songs from the band’s entire catalog. There will also likely be a cover song or two.
“A lot of the songs that we recorded early have evolved over the years, and the people who haven’t seen us live will probably be surprised at what they’ve become,” Barber said. “We look at this as an opportunity to give that music new life.
“We’ll probably do 15 or so songs and cut the live album down to the best 12 or 13. But we don’t plan to edit the material. Live shows are so different from working in the studio, and we wanted to get something out there that shows where we are as a band at this time. We’re really excited about this project, and the more people there are at the show, the more fun it will be for everyone.”
Barber’s Gamblers include bassist Blane Johnson, drummer Jeb Tabb and guitarist Austin Lee.