Born In The Country (co-write)

Posted by: Guitarhacker

Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/19/19 12:29 PM

So, this song started out maybe a good year or more back.... David Snyder and I attempted to put together a party in the woods kind of song. It didn't really get going as I was trying to copy a style from a certain band that ...well, .... it didn't work and the song collected dust. Recently, I was digging through the older folders and came across it and decided to finish it and not worry so much about the style but simply make this a rocker of the finest degree. I kept the concept, and many of the words. A few changes here and there.

If you are offended by walls of amplifiers and overdriven smoking tube Mesa Boogies powered by humbuckers....oh well....welcome to the wonderfully guitar driven world I live in.

The band: essentially 6 tracks and could have been 5.

Bass: 1522
Drums: Blues rock with a serious 4 on the floor.
Guitars: Guitarhacker aka Herb
Vox: ditto


This is a raw, bare bones, rock and roll band. only 2 guitars and yep.... no overdubs, no studio magic, no pitch corrected vox either. The only thing I did was go for a live concert kind of feel. It's not how I would mix it for my normal work. But it was fun.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

Born In The Country


Best served hot and loud. JMHO.... sounds really good in cans.


a few more hours till the daylight's gone
we're gonna rock this town from dusk to dawn
we'll all meet down at the watering hole
find some girls and we're ready to roll
skin tight, truck lights
might have to light a fire tonight.

Get it up, get tight Make out yeah that's alright
a little rough, good enough, pour a little shine in my dixie cup
We live in the woods standup for what's right,
born in the country and we're gonna get tight

solo

we're just good old boys, having our fun
don't call the cops we'll let you know when we're done
Lawd have mercy never seen such a sight
Who's that girl dancing in the moonlight
skin tight, truck lights
We have one hell of a fire tonight.

Get it up, get tight Make out yeah that's alright
a little rough, good enough, pour more shine in my dixie cup
We live in the woods standup for what's right ,
born in the country and we're gonna get tight


Copyright 2019: Hartley & Snyder



Posted by: rayc

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 12:26 AM

If it were Neil Young he'd play that between lines riff on single notes over the top- That'd match this really well.
You hit the Live Crazy Horse vibe well.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 03:48 AM

Sounds like something Z.Z. Top might have done back in the day.

Good stuff, Herb, love hearing the live guitars in there and your vocal is right on the money.

Enjoyed!
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 04:33 AM

Love this Herb. Very cool driving beat and the just loved the guitars. Super vocal. Cool collaboration. Well done.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 05:45 AM

Originally Posted By: rayc
If it were Neil Young he'd play that between lines riff on single notes over the top- That'd match this really well.
You hit the Live Crazy Horse vibe well.


I'd have never pegged it as Crazy Horse but I'm glad you liked it.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 05:46 AM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Sounds like something Z.Z. Top might have done back in the day.

Good stuff, Herb, love hearing the live guitars in there and your vocal is right on the money.

Enjoyed!


IIRC, the style is Texas Butane which is very ZZ'ish in nature. I dropped the guitar tracks from BB because they had harmonics in them like BG tends to drop in the playing.

Thanks for listening
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 05:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Love this Herb. Very cool driving beat and the just loved the guitars. Super vocal. Cool collaboration. Well done.


I loved the driving beat too. Those guitars are not nearly as loud as they sound in the tracks. Mesa with a master on almost 2 ..... in the lead mode..... and humbuckers.... nice combo. I opted to go with my mic'd boogie over the POD2 on this one. I really need to do more Boogie and less Pod.... I love the sound of the tubes.

Thanks for listening and commenting.
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 07:36 AM

Nicely done - love the beat behind this one, I have no doubt this would sound amazing live. It has a strong driving force and really packs a bunch, which I liked. Definitely picking up the ZZ Top vibes like others mentioned above.

Thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 10:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Nicely done - love the beat behind this one, I have no doubt this would sound amazing live. It has a strong driving force and really packs a bunch, which I liked. Definitely picking up the ZZ Top vibes like others mentioned above.

Thanks for sharing smile


Thanks for your time. That driving beat is interesting. In BB and RB ... there's a techno kick on quarters.... But when its rendered, the techno track refused to be copied out to a wave. So I had to roll my own with a synth in sonar.

Yeah, no doubt, this one rocks.

Thanks
Posted by: sslechta

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 10:33 AM

I get the ZZ Top sound as well in the Southern Rock guitar kind of way.... I hear Neil Young more in your vocal phrasing not necessarily in your voice itself. Definitely a good rocker and you ended up with an awesome kick sound. Thanks for describing how you got that.

Keep up the good work Herb!
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 03:08 PM

Sounded great, I enjoyed it. My favorite line was "more shine in my dixie cup." Nice.
Posted by: Teletwanger

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 03:27 PM

Firing on all cylinders. Great tune. Love you guitar tone. Smoking.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 04:05 PM

Herb
Enjoyed that. The guitars sound excellent as does the band.

Nice work.

Peter
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 05:40 PM

Herb, you had me by the first measure. Good old kick @ss ZZ Top loud blasting blues. Perfectly mixed by the way.

What else can I say, LOVED IT!
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 05:42 PM

This song definitely has an impact, and I think you did a really great job with this song and got a fantastic finished product. Well done!
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/20/19 11:46 PM

Hi Guitarhacker,

c'om who the heck could ever be offended by a cranked up Mesa Boogie...?

Great butt-kicking stuff !

Cheers,

Stefan
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 07:01 AM

Originally Posted By: sslechta
I get the ZZ Top sound as well in the Southern Rock guitar kind of way.... I hear Neil Young more in your vocal phrasing not necessarily in your voice itself. Definitely a good rocker and you ended up with an awesome kick sound. Thanks for describing how you got that.

Keep up the good work Herb!


Hey... glad you enjoyed this. Yep the style was a texas kind of style.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 07:02 AM

Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Sounded great, I enjoyed it. My favorite line was "more shine in my dixie cup." Nice.


Yep... one can always use "more shine"..... Glad you liked the song.

Thanks
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 07:05 AM

Originally Posted By: Teletwanger
Firing on all cylinders. Great tune. Love you guitar tone. Smoking.


Man I hear you..... there's just something about a humbucker cranked through a smoking tube output.... I've always been partial to that kind of sound. My guitar of choice these days is a modern tele which happens to have a bridge mounted humbucker. And I think I will be using the Mesa more often from this point forward. Takes a bit more to set it up and mic placement is critical but it's certainly worth the time to get the sound.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 12:22 PM

Great rocker, there's always room for smoking super sounding guitars, in the spirit of Sharp Dressed Man and some Gimme all your lovin'. Excellent mix and vocals.

Janne
Posted by: mkg50 (Mike G)

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 02:24 PM

Great song Herb. Glad you dusted it off.
"We're just good old boys, having our fun
don't call the cops we'll let you know when we're done".
These lines pretty well sum up the vibe and drive of this good ol' macho rock'n'roll song.
Love the Neil Young-style vocals.
Cheers,
Mike
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 05:44 PM



Herb,

I thought I posted on this already! Ooops.

Anyway, great man. Killer job. I am glad you finished this. Excellent!
Posted by: Deej56

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/21/19 06:50 PM

Guitarhacker (and David);

Very rocking tune . . . the guitars totally shine on this—really well put together. Nice to hear a BIAB harder rock song—almost makes me think of what a tune might sound like if AC/DC went country—if that makes any sense, lol! This was a cool listen—great job!

All the best,

Deej
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/22/19 07:24 AM

A good driving beat. The ZZ guitars hold together well with the bass and drums. Mixed well. (some harmonies would give it a little sparkle).
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/22/19 10:38 AM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Herb
Enjoyed that. The guitars sound excellent as does the band.

Nice work.

Peter


Thanks for listening and commenting
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/22/19 10:39 AM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Herb, you had me by the first measure. Good old kick @ss ZZ Top loud blasting blues. Perfectly mixed by the way.

What else can I say, LOVED IT!


Had you at the first measure...... that's a good compliment. Glad you loved this
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/22/19 10:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
This song definitely has an impact, and I think you did a really great job with this song and got a fantastic finished product. Well done!


Ember, thanks for dropping in and listening.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/22/19 10:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Hi Guitarhacker,

c'om who the heck could ever be offended by a cranked up Mesa Boogie...?

Great butt-kicking stuff !

Cheers,

Stefan


Well, you have a good point there, but you never know. Glad you like it
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 07:36 AM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Great rocker, there's always room for smoking super sounding guitars, in the spirit of Sharp Dressed Man and some Gimme all your lovin'. Excellent mix and vocals.

Janne


Thanks.... ZZ has been a favorite band sine the first time I heard them.... rocking on down the road of life... they are an influence on me to this day.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 07:38 AM

Originally Posted By: mkg50 (Mike G)
Great song Herb. Glad you dusted it off.
"We're just good old boys, having our fun
don't call the cops we'll let you know when we're done".
These lines pretty well sum up the vibe and drive of this good ol' macho rock'n'roll song.
Love the Neil Young-style vocals.
Cheers,
Mike


One of my first major rock influences was Neil Young. I loved the early stuff he was doing....country rock and folk stuff.... try as I might, his influence always seems to sneak into my vocal phrasing. Another singer that you might hear in there is Willie Nelson from time to time..... really loved how he phrases his lyrics.

Thanks for listening.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 07:40 AM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder


Herb,

I thought I posted on this already! Ooops.

Anyway, great man. Killer job. I am glad you finished this. Excellent!


My co-conspirator and compadre in the music business..... You sent a great idea that we eventually morphed into a song of sorts.

A BIG thank you for the lyrics and the ideas.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 07:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Guitarhacker (and David);

Very rocking tune . . . the guitars totally shine on this—really well put together. Nice to hear a BIAB harder rock song—almost makes me think of what a tune might sound like if AC/DC went country—if that makes any sense, lol! This was a cool listen—great job!

All the best,

Deej


I'm glad you heard the AC/DC influence in this. I was actually thinking as I was working on this that it did have the simplicity and driving bass/drums that are in many songs by Angus and the boys. No frills, straight ahead hard rock played simply.

Thanks for listening and hearing that in there.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 07:51 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
A good driving beat. The ZZ guitars hold together well with the bass and drums. Mixed well. (some harmonies would give it a little sparkle).


I always appreciate your viewpoint on my tunes. I had considered harmony but opted not to include them in this mix. In fact, I normally layer the vox tracks 3 deep however, this is but one simple, lonely vox track. My mission or goal on this was to do this song with as few tracks as possible. There were 5 basic tracks..... bass, drums, two guitars, and one vocal..... and then for that extra thump in the chest, I added a deep, powerful, 4 on the floor synth kick. Yep 6 tracks..... A lot of my mixes end up with 12 or more tracks but this was an exercise to keep that number as low as possible and to do it without a lot of punch-in and overdubs.... When I screwed up, I would delete the entire track and start over. The purpose of that was to keep this feeling organic, fresh, and a feeling that it was "live" vs being studio perfect.

I appreciate the comments. Thanks.
Posted by: Ronnie Fields

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 09:54 AM

Wow, I agree with everyone else, I definitely hear the ZZ Top sound in there. Awsome song, makes you hear it in your head, after it's finished!!
Posted by: Jim

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 11:54 AM

All I can add to all these wonderful comments you've received is this...
I love it...
Great song guys!
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 02:33 PM

Great drivin' guitar/drum sound Herb with a strong vocal! Kind of got a ZZ Top vibe to it! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: edshaw

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/23/19 03:13 PM

Solid track, Herb. Thanks for putting it up.
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/24/19 02:10 PM

Herb,

Great song! Hard hitting beat and it really swings!

Great full mix. Loved it!

Bob
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/25/19 05:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Ronnie Fields
Wow, I agree with everyone else, I definitely hear the ZZ Top sound in there. Awsome song, makes you hear it in your head, after it's finished!!


An ear worm... I like that. Isn't that what songs are supposed to do? Stick with you.....

Thanks for listening
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/25/19 05:32 AM

Originally Posted By: Jim
All I can add to all these wonderful comments you've received is this...
I love it...
Great song guys!


Thanks Jim for taking the time to comment.... Glad you like it
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/25/19 05:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Great drivin' guitar/drum sound Herb with a strong vocal! Kind of got a ZZ Top vibe to it! Thanks, Torrey


THanks for listening. Glad you like this tune of ours.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/25/19 10:38 AM

Cool song!! Great energy, great attitude!! Guitars sound great Herb! Enjoyed this A LOT!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/26/19 12:32 PM

Originally Posted By: edshaw
Solid track, Herb. Thanks for putting it up.


No problem..... we're just glad you took the time to listen
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/26/19 12:32 PM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Herb,

Great song! Hard hitting beat and it really swings!

Great full mix. Loved it!

Bob


Thanks.... glad you like it
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 11/26/19 12:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Cool song!! Great energy, great attitude!! Guitars sound great Herb! Enjoyed this A LOT!! Take care. Greg



Thanks for all the kind words.
Posted by: EdZ314

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/01/19 09:38 PM

Good stuff - I like the song and the words fit perfectly and really bring it home.

Ed Z
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/02/19 10:18 AM

Originally Posted By: EdZ314
Good stuff - I like the song and the words fit perfectly and really bring it home.

Ed Z



Thanks for listening and commenting.... nothing but some rowdy boys round here.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/02/19 01:46 PM



Bro country meets ZZ Top...

Rock on!

J&B
Posted by: jimmadsen

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/06/19 09:51 PM

Very Well Done!
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/09/19 06:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud


Bro country meets ZZ Top...

Rock on!

J&B



I like it too.... even though it's only rock and roll.... thank you
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/09/19 06:07 AM

Originally Posted By: jimmadsen
Very Well Done!


Thank you
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: Born In The Country (co-write) - 12/09/19 08:20 AM

Now that's a fun little rocker! Being from Houston, I've always been a fan of that little old rock band from Texas. (We almost had ZZ play at our senior prom, but then LaGrange took off, and they got too big for us.)

Love the "raw" mix, live feel to it. Great job!

Steve