RAINS COUNTY TEXAS

Posted by: G McAllister

RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/17/20 01:32 PM

RAINS COUNTY TEXAS


This is my first submission in a while. I wrote this recently while I was traveling through Texas. It was raining and I'd just crossed the Rains County line.
I recorded and mixed the song in Reaper
Mic is a RODE NT1000
I appreciate anyone who takes the time to listen, and would welcome any comments that are offered.
Thanks
George

****** Song Summary *************
Title: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS
File:RAINS COUNTY TEXAS.SGU
Key=G , Tempo 105, Length (m:s)=3:01
No intro. 104 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 104. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Style is _MEDCWLZ.STY (Country Waltz w/ 3 Guitars)

RealTracks in style: 777:Bass, Acoustic, PopWaltz Ev 085 (A:simple)
RealTracks in song: 2116:Guitar, Resonator, Soloist CountryWaltzRob Sw 085
RealTracks in style: ~827:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 110
RealTracks in style: ~826:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Country Waltz Sw 110
RealTracks in song: 2119:Fiddle, Soloist CountryWaltzAndy Sw 085
RealDrums [in style:NashClassicWaltzSw^2-a:SideStick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

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Posted by: Belladonna

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/17/20 04:17 PM

Really nice song. Since I am more of a lyricist, I would love to see the lyrics posted as sometimes I can't understand what the words are. But enjoyed it a lot.
Posted by: dcuny

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/17/20 05:22 PM

Nice sound in general, and the vocal is good.

But the vocal needs to come in front, because it's much too quiet.

At the first chorus, the resonator guitar comes up in volume, making it even harder to focus on the vocal.

The bass can back down a bit as well.

Other than that, I really like the sound of this.
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 08:41 AM

Good Morning
Thanks for listening an commenting.
Be Well
George
GBA
Posted by: furry

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 08:46 AM

Hey, George, this is a brilliant song. Your voice reminds me a LOT of Willie Nelson. This is my kinda country, nice melody, good story, and a great backing. Looking forward to hearing more in the same style.
Graham
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 08:53 AM

David
Thank you for listening and commenting.
I'm a bit surprised about your recommendation of bringing the vocal more to the front. I mixed using both good headphones and monitors. It sounds fine to me. I do agree if I listen only on my phone.
I did bring the resonator guitar up just a tad in some spots for emphasis in the chorus, also did some panning that may not be evident on a phone.
Good Comments, Worth Considering
George
GBA
Posted by: musician17

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 08:58 AM

This is really, really beautiful. I personally agree, I would bring the voice JUST A TAD more stronger in volume, but what do I know? :-) I would also love to see the lyrics as I listen, but, again, that's just a personal preference.

In any case, great job! Professionally done, and your voice sounds just perfect for this, too. Really well done.
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 09:05 AM

Graham
THANK YOU Sir
I certainly appreciate you listening and taking time to comment.
"Brilliant" is a mighty strong accolade, and being compared to Willie is humbling. I sure appreciate it.
This is the first song I've taken time to put on Soundcloud in quite a while. I have several more old submissions that I hope you'll like if you have time to listen.
Again
THANK YOU
George
GBA
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 09:11 AM

THANK YOU
I appreciate you taking time to listen and comment.
I tend to get vocals a little to hot if I'm not careful, so I was holding back on this one. If I increased it at all it wouldn't be much.
Your comments are both kind and generous.
Be Well
George
GBA
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 09:17 AM

Hello George,

What I liked most in your song is the accent you sing in. To me -a Dutchy- this sounds nearly artificial, like in a cowboy movie. Don't get me wrong on this, I really like it, the smoky low voice and this articulation. I nearly longed for a smoke now, but I will take a rum and coke instead. The kind of melody is -of course- familiar, but still you had a very nice performance!

Probably you already changed the sound of your voice and the resonator guitar, because I heard nothing wrong in your song.
I also think its very special if rain falls in Texas, so to make a song of that phenomenon is a very good thing to do. If I would do that over here they surely think I have the Corona virus already.

I think you did very well with making this song, George!
Only the lyrics...,
Hans
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/18/20 09:38 AM

Hans
THANKS FOR LISTENING AND COMMENTING.
What you're hearing is just me and the way I speak and sing. A little rum and coke never hurt a fellow, so have one for me.
I was driving home through Texas, in the rain, when I crossed the Rains County line. That's where the idea for the song came from. I suppose inspiration is were you find it, and for a songwriter, it's always welcome.
It's surely nice hearing from someone a world away.
THANK YOU
George
GBA
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/19/20 11:40 AM

Very cool!! You have such a natural voice for this type of tune! The simple arrangement suits the song perfectly! A really good write and delivery!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/19/20 03:07 PM

Greg
Thanks for listening and taking time to write.
Your kind words are much appreciated.
George
GBA
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/21/20 04:14 PM

I liked this a lot, you reminded me of George Strait. I also listened to some of your other tunes on Soundcloud, liked that Bob Wills thing a lot. Keep posting!
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/22/20 05:54 AM

Good Morning and THANK YOU
I appreciate you listening and taking time to write.
Being compared to George Strait is a mighty lofty complement. It's be nice if he heard the song.
Thanks also to listening to my other songs.
Be Well
Be BLESSED
George
GBA
Posted by: BabuMusic

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/22/20 07:01 AM

Really like the song and the sentiment, George. Your voice is perfect for it, but I, too, would prefer it more up front. The raised resonator in the chorus took my attention, but I liked it in the solo. Nice work with the fiddle, too. I got used to following the song with the lyrics, too. Your other songs are really good, man. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: jptjptjpt

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/22/20 08:29 AM

Good old fashioned country music. I like it.
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/22/20 12:59 PM

Marty
THANK YOU SIR.
On the advice of you and other listeners, I've gone back and raised the vocal just a tad in my original mix. I was afraid I'd overpower the song, but I believe it sounds OK.
I appreciate you taking time to listen and comment.
Be Well
George
GBA
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/22/20 01:02 PM

Thanks
Old Country is most likely what you'll get from me. I write a little "Western" music every now and then, but I've never posted any. Might not be a bad idea.
I appreciate you listening and commenting.
Be Well
George
GBA
Posted by: Buford

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/25/20 07:01 PM

Great song. Fits your vocal style perfectly. Like the STYLE you chose and the mix. I'd like to see the lyrics too, as some others have requested.

Excellent work. Keep em coming

Bob
Posted by: Al-David

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/25/20 07:20 PM

Hello George ...

Glad I got to hear this. I've been a member here for a few years but my appearances are spotty as my wife has significant medical issues.

I played lead guitar in several bands over a period of about 50 years. lived in San Antonio in the 1970s and played a lot of dance ha;l;s there. This is the kind of music that they like. I enjoyed your song a lot. To me, your voice has a lot of George Strait with a hint of Waylon creeping in. And there ain't a thing wrong with that!!!

Although country music is my first love (musically), i enjoy a huge variety if other genres. But country stole my heart first and it's part of who I am. Thanks for a real nice listen!

Wishing you the best ... and be safe ...

Alan
Posted by: rayc

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/26/20 03:59 AM

George,
the link doesn't go straight to the song - extra clicks may put folk off.
The stereo image is a little unbalanced with the bass over on the right and the kick somewhat softer and really only a touch of batter head over on the left.
I enjoyed the song though.
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/26/20 09:11 AM

Thanks Padna'
As always, I appreciate you listening and commenting.
Always appreciate your candid, and honest opinions. You got me this far.
Posted by: G McAllister

Re: RAINS COUNTY TEXAS - 03/26/20 09:18 AM

Thanks
You're right. I don't know why it doesn't go right to play. That's how it uploaded. If I knew how to change it, I would. I appreciate your comments. I always try not to have my bass and drums exactly centered, and not panned to the same side.
Thanks for taking time to listen and write.
George
GBA