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#484130 - 07/31/18 11:20 AM [User Showcase] State Lines
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State Lines (Video)
State Lines (audio only)

Five years ago this song represented our complete departure from bluegrass (or heavily bluegrass influenced) productions. We had just completed a couple of collabs with floyd jane and he had set us on our new production journey with lots of mix counsel including mastering via Ozone. Thanks mr jane!

Time passes, things change and hopefully we have all grown regarding our production chops so we felt that it was worth revisiting the mix, etc.

We started from scratch with new effects on all tracks and and several completely new tracks. It was originally mixed in GarageBand and we had to move the entire production to Logic Pro X. And the video is also new.

Bluesy country with a hint of jazz, we guess smile

It’s a very simple little 12 bar ditty (lyrically and chord wise) but we hope you like it and always welcome your thoughts and appreciate your time to listen.

Vocal: Janice, Rodes NT1 interfaced to iMac via Scarlett 212 / Nectar 2
Bass RT 482: Acoustic Jazz Ballad / Neutron 2 / Waves Bass Rider
Drums: Nashville Brushes Shuffle / Waves CLA / Neutron 2
Guitar RT 1795: Acoustic Rhythm Dixieland / Neutron 2 / EMT 140 Reverb
Guitar RT 968: Electric Rhythm Country Swing / Neutron 2
Guitar RT 1514: Electric Solo Country
Piano RT 2047: Acoustic Rhythm Country Swing /Neutron 2 / EMT 140 Reverb
Piano RT 1884: Acoustic Solo Country / Neutron 2 / EMT 140 Reverb

Note: All solos and fills were comped from multiple tracks in an attempt to get a bluesy feel out of several country tracks and to make some ev parts play nice with the shuffle feel (or so I hope).

Mix: Logic Pro X
Mastering: Waves Multi-band Compressor and Ozone 8 (Limiter module only)
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#484144 - 07/31/18 02:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent vocals and arrangement, great choice of real tracks for the mood and feel of this song.

I feel like I am in a bar, smoke filled, transported back to the 40/50s, and I can see the singer singing this song.



Pro stuff well done.
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#484148 - 07/31/18 02:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Your vocals as always are stunning, and you make the lyrics sound so beautiful! Great stuff you guys.
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#484150 - 07/31/18 03:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi J&B,

Well, I've always been a fan of the blues and you know I just love
Janice's voice, so it's no surprise that this has to be one of my
favourites of yours. No one sings the blues like Janice!

I've only checked out the audio version so far, so I could give it my full
attention, and it's faultless. Whatever you did with the re-mix is certainly
working.

Going back now to watch the video.

Cheers, ROG.

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#484151 - 07/31/18 03:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice & Bud

First thing that stands out is the clear professional mix - really nice.
Janice sounds excellent (as usual) and really sounds in the room.
Great work on the piano and all the comping -really paid off and finally very nice video.
All done so very well! (oh and like the song too)

Peter

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#484168 - 07/31/18 06:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: beatmaster]
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Originally Posted By: beatmaster
Excellent vocals and arrangement, great choice of real tracks for the mood and feel of this song.

I feel like I am in a bar, smoke filled, transported back to the 40/50s, and I can see the singer singing this song.

Pro stuff well done.


Thanks for listening and setting up those visuals. We were hoping for that live feel!

J&B
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#484178 - 07/31/18 11:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Fantastic! Perfect mix between vocals, piano and guitar.

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#484188 - 08/01/18 02:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Very nice Janice and Bud! Good song as usual and I alway enjoy hearing Janice do her cool thing!

Great job on the production, mix sounds fabulous.

I like the conversation between the piano and guitar, very clever the way you did that.

Enjoyed the listen!

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#484209 - 08/01/18 10:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Such a cool piece of music. Janice’s vocal was awesome. I normally don’t comment on the production as My skills are very limited in this area. But the way each instrument is framed so clearly heard but so well blended into the song. This is quite an art. I also loved the interplay between the guitar and the piano as Dave had referred to Well done


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#484226 - 08/01/18 12:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
Your vocals as always are stunning, and you make the lyrics sound so beautiful! Great stuff you guys.


Thanks Ember. That's much appreciated!

J&B
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#484227 - 08/01/18 12:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Man...there are soooooooo many things I want to say; but do I just sit here an gush for for paragraphs and take time away from listening again? Not trying to "lay it on thick" here. That song is just awesome! Need I say more?

I used to think Janice was born to sing the blues. I'm starting to think the blues may have been invented to have something to showcase her voice. Chills man. I love the bends.

Production wise, what a killer mix. It just sounds SO good! It's as warm as would want it to be; but clear as a bell. Not easy!

I will admit to listening to the song first; wanting to get my impression prior to the video. Then, in watching the video realized I was safe either way. The video, to me, is exactly what it should be in this case...support of the song. I like that. Nice video that didn't distract from the song itself.

This is already longer than it should have been for "keeping it short." Sorry! When something is great, I can't shut up about it! smile

This song made my day!
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#484234 - 08/01/18 02:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Waitress - Another straight shot with a Coke back, please!

I can't tell if the swirling smoke in the neon is from New Orleans, Memphis or the St. Louis riverfront. But I see it's from Georgia! Coulda fooled me.

What a great track! Janeice shines (doesn't she always?) and the production is so sweet (as it never fails to be). I don't smoke but I'm looking for a pack of cigarettes. What a treat! Watched the video yesterday and just finished listening to the Soundcloud audio twice. Back for another listen in just a few. Sweet!

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#484240 - 08/01/18 02:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I don't think I've heard this before, but if so, I sure don't mind hearing it again!!! SWEET, SWEET, SWEET!! Cool bluesy number, great production, and Janice sings the heck out of it. Truly a treat!! Take care. Greg

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#484248 - 08/01/18 03:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi J&B,

Well, I've always been a fan of the blues and you know I just love
Janice's voice, so it's no surprise that this has to be one of my
favourites of yours. No one sings the blues like Janice!

I've only checked out the audio version so far, so I could give it my full
attention, and it's faultless. Whatever you did with the re-mix is certainly
working.

Going back now to watch the video.

Cheers, ROG.


ROG, it's always a pleasure to hear from you.

You never fail to put a huge smile on Janice's face.

Thank you!

J&B
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#484278 - 08/01/18 06:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janice & Bud

First thing that stands out is the clear professional mix - really nice.
Janice sounds excellent (as usual) and really sounds in the room.
Great work on the piano and all the comping -really paid off and finally very nice video.
All done so very well! (oh and like the song too)

Peter


Thanks Peter! I do like to comp because beyond being a hack bass player it makes me feel like a musician smile

Glad you liked it!

Bud
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#484288 - 08/01/18 10:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hello, Janice & Bud

Very nice piano intro!
Yes, it is exactly bluesy country with a hint of jazz.
And very nice complete departure from bluegrass (or heavily bluegrass influenced) productions.
Janice's vocal is great.
I agree with beatmaster.
I also feel like I am in a bar, smoke filled, transported back to the 40/50s, and I can see the singer singing this song.
And as ROG says, whatever you did with the re-mix is certainly working.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#484309 - 08/02/18 04:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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That lyric and voice were made for each other.
Nicely done.
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#484322 - 08/02/18 05:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: EMG
Fantastic! Perfect mix between vocals, piano and guitar.


Thanks!

J&B

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very nice Janice and Bud! Good song as usual and I alway enjoy hearing Janice do her cool thing!

Great job on the production, mix sounds fabulous.

I like the conversation between the piano and guitar, very clever the way you did that.

Enjoyed the listen!


We appreciate that Dave and thanks for mentioning the “conversation.” It’s very gratifying to know that it worked for a guitar player of your caliber. I always feel so presumptuous comping guitar parts!

Bud
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#484329 - 08/02/18 06:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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ZOWIE! This is good!....

A classic blues write. Some truly excellent lines...

"keep putting state lines between us"
"who’ll be here tonight is best left unsaid"

...just a couple of examples.

The mix is impeccable. The drums - just right. The bass - punchy and warm (a great combination). The piano is "clear, yet warm" - no "crispiness" - excellent. The guitar - honey.

Speaking of honey... that vocal oozes "perfect".

Everything about this is top shelf. Sounds like a record. (And a nice video).

Zowie.

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#484335 - 08/02/18 07:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: State Lines [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Nice work on this one! It's a lovely tune - really catchy, a great groove, and the vocals on this are absolutely perfect. What really got me on this is how crystal clear the mixing is. It seriously is radio quality. Sounds super professional!

Well done - thanks for sharing with us smile
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