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My original thought was to use all real tracks. At the 11th hour I stripped out a Mandolin solo

and replaced it with my Acoustic guitar.

In the course of a conversation last night about hometowns, a friend had this observation. We

all carry with us a residue of where we come from. I couldn’t agree more…


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RealTracks in song: 2880:Fiddle, Background AmericanaSlow16thsAndy Ev16 060
RealTracks in song: 3185:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Mountain16thsQuinn Ev16 070
RealTracks in song: 3185:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Mountain16thsQuinn Ev16 070 Simple
RealTracks in song: 1758:Banjo, Rhythm, Pop16ths Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3370:Mandolin, Rhythm OldTimeSadBalladAndy Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 1601:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Melodic Ev 065
RealDrums in song: Americana16thsSyncFred^2-a:QuarterHiHat,Snare , b:ClosedHiHat,Snare
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Your West Virginia


Up across the river from Ashland Ky

Down a road that’s a little hard to find

There’s a barn wood mailbox nailed onto a fence post

Like most things there it’s one of a kind


Two overgrown tire tracks head back to the holler

Where my grandad built the family store

He worked a 12 hour shift in the West Virginia coal mines

Came home at night and worked many more


No matter how far you go or where you plan on stopping

There’s that place where the sun rarely shines

It’s a deep dim smoky light like nothing you will ever see

No You can’t leave your West Virginia behind


If you ever go back to where you were a child

And look at all the changes you see

Every now and then you may get a little lucky

And remember how it all used to be


No matter how far you go or where you plan on stopping

There’s that place where the sun rarely shines

It’s a deep dim smoky light like nothing you will ever see

No You can’t leave your West Virginia behind


Up across the river from Ashland Ky

Down a road that’s a little hard to find

There’s a barn wood mailbox nailed onto a fence post

Like most things there it’s one of a kind

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Tom...I don't know what the mandolin solo as going to sound like but you made the right choice for sure...your acoustic solo was top-notch and the fiddle solo was terrific also...love the melody...backwoods all the way with a little swamp stirred in...super track...great vocal and harmonies...one of the your best!


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Hi Tommy. Love your voice on this. The guitar work is outstanding.
Very catchy. All the best with this fine tune. All the best. Rob4580

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Sounds great: vocals, arrangement, guitar solo, fiddles. Excellent write.


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You've painted the picture well with both the lyrics and the music. Love the guitar solo.

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Very nice indeed Tommy. I could hear the bull frogs croaking, dogs barking, children playing and the pick axe of the miner. Enjoyed it all.


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Originally Posted By: firesong
Tom...I don't know what the mandolin solo as going to sound like but you made the right choice for sure...your acoustic solo was top-notch and the fiddle solo was terrific also...love the melody...backwoods all the way with a little swamp stirred in...super track...great vocal and harmonies...one of the your best!
Thank you very much for your generous review. I appreciate you taking the time to comment, Tom

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Hi Tommy,
I know what you mean about residue.
My grandparents and great grandparents were miners in the welsh valleys.
My dad managed to break the chain by finding a job in London.
I have 2 small suggestions which you can keep or sweep:

1."Came home at night and worked many more" may be harder hitting as,
"Came home one night and worked no more", although maybe not historically accurate if personal to you.
2. Where you go into the F chord in the chorus on "shines" there seems to be a mismatched note somewhere there to my ears.
Then again it may be my ears.

Good song, sung and mixed with the right amount of feeling.

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Tom,

A solid write. Excellent "furniture". Paintin' pictures.

Great choice of tracks. A good BAND. Back-woods-y and "swampy".

Nice arrangement. Excellent mix.

A story well-told.

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Very good storytelling, I like your song a lot.

They say "home is where the heart is", but wherever your heart is, your hometown will always be special.


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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Hi Tommy. Love your voice on this. The guitar work is outstanding.
Very catchy. All the best with this fine tune. All the best. Rob4580
Thanks Rob. It’s great that you stopped by. Glad you liked it,Tom

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Tom, this is great. I love the story, the feel, the music. I think Scott put very well, this isn't just a song, but a painting in my mind - painted by both the words and the music and the way you brought them together. I thought going with the acoustic lead guitar was a very good choice, just a very, very good song. I can see what Vic was talking about with the F cord, not that it doesn't work, but my mind had expected something different in the melody. And personally, I liked the line about working many more rather than no more. Thanks for posting this. It was a very enjoyable listen.

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Loved the imagery in this tune, so well written! Production sounded first rate. Solos were ace. Great work.


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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Sounds great: vocals, arrangement, guitar solo, fiddles. Excellent write.
Thanks David. I’m always glad to hear from you,Tom

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Hey Tom,

This sure paints a nice picture. Good choice of tracks and a fine mix. I believe in always putting in a solo (or two) when you can! smile I enjoyed it... Some people try to shake that residue off, while others choose to embrace it!

Good Job!

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Hi Tom,

I really like the picture you are painting with the lyrics, good story. Nice vocal melody, and excellent vocal.

Guitar solo is perfect, glad you decided to do your own instead of using the mando track wink

Good start to 2023!

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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
You've painted the picture well with both the lyrics and the music. Love the guitar solo.
Scott thanks for your nice review, Tom

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Hi Tom
Superb story-telling, great vocal, excellent band and your acoustic solo is spot on. Love it.
Regards,
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Well said, Tom. I sense my childhood in all experiences. Yea, ya can't leave your west Virginny behind. Just like your own behind, it follows you everywhere, and, man, I'm glad you brought it with you. Good write and very relatable. Also, sounds like a good call replacing the mando with your acoustic. Well done.


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Originally Posted By: Bass Thumper
Very nice indeed Tommy. I could hear the bull frogs croaking, dogs barking, children playing and the pick axe of the miner. Enjoyed it all.
BT, Thanks for the very kind words. It's amazing the sounds that you can hear under the surface if you listen close enough, Tom

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