When your recording somebody/ yourself their are several factors to consider. The first is the size of the room. The recording will sound different whether your in a church, auditorium, or recording studio. A church would be a good venue for an Americana group because their kind of sound is aided by the reverb, however, if a metal band was to play in a church they would have to be careful just because their amplitude might be too much for the area. If their is a lot of sound reflection in an area the recording will be more muddled. That's why to ensure control most people record at a recording studio space with foam to absorb and diffuse the sound waves.