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#220597 - 11/09/13 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae)
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Honey Babe Blues

A bluegrass band I was in during the 70's used to perform this song. It's by one of my favorite writers Trad Anon smile The origins have been lost through time but some researchers think the melody could date back to the 17th century. It's also called The Red Rocking Chair by some artists. There are so many versions of the lyric that I just picked a few lines from the public domain and wrote a few new ones. Not that it matters as it's just a vehicle for my wife to play around vocally with a reggae groove. After auditioning many RT's I just decided to stick with the basic reggae set and throw in a blues guitar that seemed to work...or at least after I found enough snippets to hang with the reggae beat.

Vocal: Janice via Rodes NT1 and Blue Icicle USB interface
The drums, bass, rhythm guitar, and organ are all from the slow reggae RT #103 set.
The lead guitar is #576 electric blues played by Jack Pearson of Allman Bros fame.
Mixed in Garagband interfaced with BIAB and mastered via Ozone5.

A big tip of the hat to floyd jane for advice and examples as I begin my Ozone journey.
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#220600 - 11/09/13 07:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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This is really excellent! A great tight arrangement and Janice sounds outstanding - great, great job... Loved it!

Bob
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#220609 - 11/09/13 11:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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That is seriously a very clean recording. Crisp and tight. My only critique might be that the lead vocal (by the way "outstanding")is a little to far forward. Not much mind you but still just a tiny bit to in your face.

Great track. "Lovin' it"
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#220611 - 11/10/13 12:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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That is seriously a very clean recording. Crisp and tight. My only critique might be that the lead vocal (by the way "outstanding")is a little to far forward. Not much mind you but still just a tiny bit to in your face.

Great track. "Lovin' it"
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#220612 - 11/10/13 12:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

Outstanding! Again!

I love the reggae feeling coupled with the blues guitar. There's a saying that goes something like "Necessity is the mother of invention." When I listen to the creations that the two of you post, I think that saying should be rephrased to "Having fun with BIAB is the mother of invention."

I constantly marvel at how well arranged, performed and produced your songs are. If this forum were a Christmas tree, you'd both be found with the very important stars right up the top!

All the best,
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#220618 - 11/10/13 04:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud
I agree with what Noel has said. I love the way that the two of you experiment with this wonderful tool we have all been given.

As usual Janice's vocal is outstanding and the reggae arrangement is great. Love it!

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#220619 - 11/10/13 04:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice and Bud,

An interesting mix of reggae and blues, I like it!
Janice has an OUTSTANDING voice which sounds amazing in this song, as usual.

I totally agree with Noel when he says "Having fun with BIAB is the mother of invention."

Excellent!

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#220628 - 11/10/13 07:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Thanks Bob! Glad you like the arrangement and vocal. Janice had fun with this one.

Rob, thanks for the comments. I think Ozone made the difference on the tight feel of this one. I'll experiment around some with the vocal placement this evening. I think the mastering moved it more forward from what I had in the mix down.

Noel, BIAB has let us play around with genres that we've loved for years but never had a band willing to experiment with. It can really set you free. Thanks!
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#220635 - 11/10/13 08:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B, This is another fine example of your willingness to experiment. Fine vocal and the mix and production are again up to your very high standard. Thanks for posting. I

always look forward to hearing your next creation. Tom

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#220652 - 11/10/13 10:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Very cool, I really love the reggae feel!
Janice, your voice is a dead spit for Emelda May's!
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#220686 - 11/10/13 01:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice and Bud:

This sounds excellent. I imagine your already good mixes will be improved with Ozone..

Good job.

John

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#220717 - 11/10/13 05:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Thanks Joanne, BIAB is a blast isn't it!

Alyn, glad you liked the blues and reggae mix. I got lucky with that guitar RT. I used it all the way through as I thought it would keep the 2 chord tune from getting tedious.

Hey Tommy, thanks for commenting and cool that the experiment worked for you!

Skyline, wow, that's quite a compliment. We have the DVD of her with Jeck Beck. Thank you!!

Thanks John, yeah man, Ozone is going to be interesting as if doing a little recording, mountain biking, kayaking and hiking wasn't enough!

And a special thanks to all of you who singled out Janice's voice in your comments. We deeply appreciate it.
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#220775 - 11/11/13 08:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent song. Incredible vocals
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#220798 - 11/11/13 11:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

I see you have also acquired a taste for Reggae.
I like that mix with the guitar.
And Janice's strong voice on top!
Impressive.

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#220801 - 11/11/13 11:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud.

It amazing how well you've got the blues and reggae to work together.

The reggae gives it a beautifully lazy feel and then that edgy lead guitar cuts in and makes you sit bolt upright.

Super vocal, as always, from Janice and the whole package topped off with a really nice mix.

Enjoyed that lots, thanks.

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#220845 - 11/11/13 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi, Janice & Bud !:))

Wow !! A superb tune
brilliantly sung and produced !
Can you say anything else than......WOW !!!


Cheers
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#220847 - 11/11/13 05:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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+1. Excellent mix and performance.
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#220882 - 11/11/13 11:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Bud,

I'm an admirer of your mixes without Ozone so it's extra gravy. That's a compliment.

Janice,

Cool vocal especially the slides at the end.

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#220924 - 11/12/13 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Thanks Scott! We appreciate the compliment

Thanks Guenter, pretty cool that we were working on reggae songs at the same time. This is only the third reggae tune we've done -- they are fun. Glad you liked it!

Rog, thanks for the noting the interplay of the blues guitar and the reggae beat. It was a challenge and it is really nice knowing that it worked for you. The mix was an interesting endeavor as I always find it tougher to make a sparse "band" work.

Thank you Dani for the kind remarks!!
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#220946 - 11/12/13 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Honey Babe Blues (blues/reggae) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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That's a good job.... blues and reggae music... who knew? Like peanut butter and chocolate. Goes together just fine.


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