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Preachin' The Blues

Diving into the domain again. This 1927 Bessie Smith tune entered the public domain this year and we had not previously heard it. The original was an odd arrangement but we based ours on it, well, other than turning it into blues rock. There are rhymes, rhymes within lines and no rhymes at times smile And, yes there are different chord progressions and melodies for some verses. We slightly changed the lyric to remove a rather risqué line and also to tweak a few other bits. So there! Lastly the song is PD thus we own all rights to our arrangement.

If interested your time to listen and comment is much appreciated and thanks to PG Music, Peter and Ms. Smith.

Tech stuff below and lyrics on Soundcloud.

Janice: arrangement & vocals > Rodes NT1 > Scarlett interface > Izotope Nectar > Logic Pro X
Peter: rhythm/solo guitars & arrangement
Bud: arrangement, mix, mastering, photography, etc.

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Piano: MIDI SuperTrack 3001 Rhythm FolkBluesSlowShuffleMike Sw 085 > Logic Pro X Grand Steinway > CLA Unplugged > Ozone Imager / (comped from multiple generations by the three of us)

Guitar Rhythm: RealTrack 3246 Electric, BluesShuffleSlowSol sw 100 > Logic Pro X reverb

Bass: RealTrack 3551 Electric, AmericanaShuffleSteveB Sw 120 > Waves Bass Rider > Waves Magma BB Tubes (fills comped from multiple generations)

Drums: RealDrums BluesRockShuffle > Waves CLA Drums

Drum Tag: Comped from RD kit file

Snare: From RD kit file > Waves Magma BB Tubes > Ozone Impact Module

Cymbal: From RD kit file > EMT 140 Sim Reverb

Mastering: Ozone Dynamic EQ > Vintage EQ > Imager > Limiter > Tonal Balance > Logic Loudness Meter

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Janice, Peter, and Bud, some of the best blues I have heard.
Alligator Records could learn a thing or two from you three.
Janice, great vocal.
Peter, outstanding guitar chops.
Bud, great mix.


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J&B,

Dang, you all are so good at this stuff . . . great vocals on the chorus . . . really stellar. But the whole production is smokey blues goodness. The piano real track really pops . . . and, of course, Peter's guitar work is killer. Outstanding stuff, folks! Pro sounding all the way!

Hope you are all well,

Deej

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A def. live in the shack vibe.
Everything to love.
The backing wah is an excellent touch.
What a voice, what a mix!
Wow.


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Hi Folks,

Good Rockin' Blues - well done all of you.

Best Regards
Nigel


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Man, you guys find the best PD songs and manage to make them even better. Peter, you're killing me with that guitar, man. What a way to go. So good. Always sucha pro production from upper left to coda. If you guys were all alive a hundred years ago, what would music be like today? A fun rockin' Blues one of my favorite bands.


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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Janice, Peter, and Bud, some of the best blues I have heard.
Alligator Records could learn a thing or two from you three.
Janice, great vocal.
Peter, outstanding guitar chops.
Bud, great mix.


You know the blues so we know your comments mean a lot to us.

Thanks!

J&B

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Originally Posted By: Deej56
J&B,

Dang, you all are so good at this stuff . . . great vocals on the chorus . . . really stellar. But the whole production is smokey blues goodness. The piano real track really pops . . . and, of course, Peter's guitar work is killer. Outstanding stuff, folks! Pro sounding all the way!

Hope you are all well,

Deej


Thank you for the very kind supportive review! And your mention of the piano is appreciated as considerable effort was put into it.

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J&B&P.
You sewed this up pretty tight.
Well done.

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You guys always do such a great job with taking these old songs and putting a modern spin on them!

Very cool arrangement, and very different from anything I've ever heard before! Neat changes.

Janice sounds great of course, Peter too, excellent playing. I really like the piano too, works a treat.

Mix sounds great, Bud, as usual!

Nicely done you three, enjoyed.

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Janice, Bud & Peter,

This is spectacular! Awesome arrangement and Janice as usual has NAILED the vocal.

Love Peter's guitar lines. This is rock n blues at its best.

Production is stellar....

Loved every second of it!

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Great work by all involved, starting with the vocals, the great guitar work and of course the production.
And your joint work to comp the final piano track really pays off, I LOVE the result!


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Originally Posted By: rayc
A def. live in the shack vibe.
Everything to love.
The backing wah is an excellent touch.
What a voice, what a mix!
Wow.


"A def. live in the shack vibe." Too cool and great homage to the period.

Thanks man!

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This is really a great one gang. Guitar got my attention right away, and Janice's vocals could get no better! I hate to be late to the party Bud, but I gotta say I really like what you did with that piano as well. Great sounding arrangements all the way through. Fantastically done folks!

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Originally Posted By: NigelSpiers
Hi Folks,

Good Rockin' Blues - well done all of you.

Best Regards
Nigel


Thank you Nigel!
Rockin' blues was the objective ... glad it worked for you.

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Man, you guys find the best PD songs and manage to make them even better. Peter, you're killing me with that guitar, man. What a way to go. So good. Always sucha pro production from upper left to coda. If you guys were all alive a hundred years ago, what would music be like today? A fun rockin' Blues one of my favorite bands.


You are too kind Marty.

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J&B,

Dang, you all are so good at this stuff . . . great vocals on the chorus . . . really stellar. But the whole production is smokey blues goodness. The piano real track really pops . . . and, of course, Peter's guitar work is killer. Outstanding stuff, folks! Pro sounding all the way!

Hope you are all well,

Deej


Thanks Deej

Peter

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Janice, Peter, and Bud, some of the best blues I have heard.
Alligator Records could learn a thing or two from you three.
Janice, great vocal.
Peter, outstanding guitar chops.
Bud, great mix.


Thanks Mario

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Man, you guys find the best PD songs and manage to make them even better. Peter, you're killing me with that guitar, man. What a way to go. So good. Always sucha pro production from upper left to coda. If you guys were all alive a hundred years ago, what would music be like today? A fun rockin' Blues one of my favorite bands.


Thank for all Marty!
The public domain is definitely a treasure trove. And it gets larger each Jan 1. Fun indeed.

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Old school, home-fried, hand-rolled blues at its best!

Enjoyed every minute of this!!!

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Great work on the piano track! Some good guitar work from Peter. An excellent mix from Bud. Perfectly delivered vocal from Janice. And a terrific find from the PD. Never heard the song before but it couldn’t possibly have been better than this, Tom

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PB&J,

Smokin' opening!

Piano sounds GREAT.

Peter's leads have a lot of personality.

Perfect vocals. Perfect harmonies.

A sparkling mix.

Great Music.

Love the album cover!

fj

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