The Greencards: The Pursuit Of Perfection

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It was a cold day when The Greencards paid us a visit, but not by Midwestern standards: just below freezing with some snow. But to the two Australian leaders of the band, Carol Young and Kym Warner, and their guitarist from the Deep South, our Folk Alley studios might as well have been situated in Antarctica. The Brit, Eamon McLoughlin, didn't mind — he was too busy tuning and trying to ready the others.

From a former interview, I knew The Greencards' members were perfectionists, so we made sure the TV camera operators and audio experts were ready. We knew the group would be well-rehearsed, so the technicians decided they'd be ready, as well. When the Grammy-nominated "Crystal Merchant" began, all the preparation on both sides of the cameras paid off. As you listen and watch, however, you won't notice the technique, because the music is so engaging. And between songs, all four members were surprisingly casual, taking turns responding off the cuff.

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