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Hi folks, it’s been a while since we posted a J&B production. This one is a departure from the upbeat love song we last posted - perhaps somewhat reminiscent of some the dark southern writers or the song "Southern Gothic" by Tyminski.

As always we welcome comments and appreciate your time to listen.

Janice: vocal / light processing via Nectar 2
Peter: Guitar solo, turnaround, fills and rhythm

Bass: RT 2877 Americana / Waves Bass Rider / Neutron 2
Drums: RD Americana roots (toms - no kick) Waves CLA Drums / EMT 140 reverb
Guitar: RT 2878 electric rhythm
Pedal Steel: RT 2866 rhythm

Equipment: Rodes NT1A mic / Scarlett USB Interface
Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Ozone 8 Adv / Ozone Tonal Balance

Thanks to PeterF for the cool smorgasbord of guitar parts to choose from and to PG Music for making all this possible.

Hometown Refugee

you can’t go back girl it’s a dead end
don’t know why the hell I ever tried
maybe I dreamed of the invitation
or it’s another memory that lied

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

my old friends have become strangers
they’ve grown cold, dark, bitter
i see them circling their wagons
trolling me to pull that trigger

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

a courthouse clock with the wrong time
store windows reflect ghosts of past
parking meters stand like rusty sentinels
nothing lasts nothing lasts

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

should’ve headed on never slowed down
now I’m a refugee in my home town

nothing lasts nothing lasts nothing lasts

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Hi Janice & Bud,
I love this, nice feel with the slide guitar. Moves so gently, outstanding production. Great vocals & Lyrics. I tip my hat to you both! cool

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Hi there J&B,

Not familiar with "Southern Gothic" but I think I might like it!

Certainly, I like this track. In fact I love it.

A beautiful vehicle for Janice's super vocal delivery, making me shiver at the emotion in it.

Some delightful guitar from Peter and an excellent mix top it off.

Wonderful.

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Janice, Bud & Peter,

Every once in a while a song comes along and I think, man, I wish I had written that - this is one of those times...

This song is an absolute gem from start to finish. Janice has laid down an incredibly sensitive, strong and moving vocal - none better! The write, production and arrangement is beautifully nuanced and pro all the way. It also sounds like it was recorded / produced in a high end studio.

And finally, Peter's guitar playing should be turned into Real Tracks...

Outstanding from every angle!

Bob

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Janice, Bud & Peter,

I really like the form you chose for this song- the verses with a simple refrain keeps it simmering.One of your best writes, Bud-sensitive & real.
Janice sings with such feeling ( particularly that wonderful "nothing lasts" tag at the end).
The guitar fills are lovely & absolutely right for the song.
Very,very good!

Robert

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Originally Posted By: LPman
Hi Janice & Bud,
I love this, nice feel with the slide guitar. Moves so gently, outstanding production. Great vocals & Lyrics. I tip my hat to you both! cool


Glad you liked it and thanks for mentioning the production. We do appreciate it.

J&B

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Ok! Listened through once, now listening again so I can take notes.

Intro is perfect and sets the mood for the song before Janice starts doing her cool thing.
Her phrasing always makes me smile, the way she sings "pull that trigger" for example, and "nothing lasts nothing lasts". I also like the way she will often bend up to a note, like a guitarist would do.

Speaking of guitar, Peter plays the perfect solo for the song, and his guitar work throughout is stellar.

Good job on the mix, Bud, just the right amount of processing on the vocal, and everything else sounds nicely balanced too.

Enjoyed the listen!

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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi there J&B,

Not familiar with "Southern Gothic" but I think I might like it!

Certainly, I like this track. In fact I love it.

A beautiful vehicle for Janice's super vocal delivery, making me shiver at the emotion in it.

Some delightful guitar from Peter and an excellent mix top it off.

Wonderful.

ROG.


It’s great to hear from you! Thanks for the very supportive comments. And, yes, Peter very much topped it off.

J&B

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Not as Country Gothic as Psycho but a dark side of the Nashville carpark or the Brownsville honky tonk.
The melody takes a couple of lovely turns that give it a lovely noir sense - particularly against the pedal steel.
Excellent embellishments by Peter.
Top Shelf folks.


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J&B...What a pleasurable listening experience! This song is just what music ought to be… Easy on the ears, gently meditative and inviting you to listen again. I agree with other posters that the production is very professional and you made some great choices—style, tempo, vocal approach. Thanks for posting

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Wow, all the instrumenst sound so good, the mix is awesome, Janice your vocal is top notch, The best song I have heard in a long time.

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This is one of the best things y'all have ever done.
Each of you.
That's saying a lot, since everything you do is good.

The write is excellent. Both lyrically and melodically.

The production is exquisite. The percussion, the bass, guitar and pedal - perfect.

Peter's guitar is a delight. Simple and Right. Perfect.

Janice's vocal is goose-bumpily. (That's a word I just made up. Just for this performance). Maybe her best of all time. That puts it in the stratosphere.

The mix is so good you don't even think about it.

This is BIG WOW kinda stuff.

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Wow, super smooth.
Apart from the beautiful vocals, superb guitar (Peter!) we also love the very subtle drum sound!

Great job guys!

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Originally Posted By: LPman
Hi Janice & Bud,
I love this, nice feel with the slide guitar. Moves so gently, outstanding production. Great vocals & Lyrics. I tip my hat to you both! cool


I had the pleasure of adding some guitar to this lovely production.
Thanks for the comments.

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Janice, Bud & Peter,

Every once in a while a song comes along and I think, man, I wish I had written that - this is one of those times...

This song is an absolute gem from start to finish. Janice has laid down an incredibly sensitive, strong and moving vocal - none better! The write, production and arrangement is beautifully nuanced and pro all the way. It also sounds like it was recorded / produced in a high end studio.

And finally, Peter's guitar playing should be turned into Real Tracks...

Outstanding from every angle!

Bob



Bob, we have both been positively influenced by your fine Americana writes and productions...to the extent that I really wanted to "steal" your signature band for this production. But I resisted temptation smile Given how much we have enjoyed your writing over the years your comments are very meaningful and supportive for us. We do appreciate it! And, ditto, regarding your comment about the guitar.

J&B

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Hi Bud and Janice
Congrats on another great B&J production. Enjoyed it very much.


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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Janice, Bud & Peter,

I really like the form you chose for this song- the verses with a simple refrain keeps it simmering.One of your best writes, Bud-sensitive & real.
Janice sings with such feeling ( particularly that wonderful "nothing lasts" tag at the end).
The guitar fills are lovely & absolutely right for the song.
Very,very good!

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Thanks Robert. Comments like yours make it all worthwhile! We much appreciate it.

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Nice work on this one smile That slide guitar almost gave me a surfer rock sort of vibe at the start. The vocal delivery here is so passionate and soulful - a well rounded tune no doubt but above all else, that is really what drew me in here.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing!


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Just a beautiful song. Loved the lyric and the feel of the backtrack. Was mixed just perfect for my headphones. Just a delight to listen to. Janice’s vocal was excellent. Just kept you engaged with the lyric. Just loved Peters guitar work. Solo was just perfect for the song. The fills and embellishments just added so much to the song


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This is really super smooth y'all.

I loved the simple production. Guitar is really tasty.

The production and sound impeccable. Great vocals as always.

Loved it!

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