Studio players, hither and yon
Charles Brady’s comment about the presence (and often absence) of union players in sg studios reminds me of a related topic: eastern European orchestras. Is their use popular outside of southern gospel? Are there rules or contractual obligations that prohibit more mainstream genres from regularly outsourcing orchestral work to small ex-Soviet bloc countries? Or have I not noticed because I haven’t looked closely enough? Southern gospel audiences tend to treat the Prague Symphony Orchestra playing on a Greater Vision track or whatever as something of an exotic mark of distinction, but I imagine in the mainstream music bidness this would be looked upon as something just a step above crossing the picket line (yes, I’m looking at you Mike Huckabee).
I don’t have anything much to say about this one way or another. Just curious, mostly. I might have more political qualms with the outsourcing thing if it looked to be a significant trend or if it were actually taking jobs from