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This is a bit different for us three as it is all acoustic.  Janice sang and played percussion on her cajon (no drums), Peter plays guitar (solos and rhythm) and Bud is on upright bass. The mix and arrangement are both a three way effort. As always your time to listen and, if interested, comment are appreciated. And thanks to the guitar man and PG Music. More info below tech stuff and on SC.

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Rhythm Guitar: RealTrack 556 Acoustic, Rhythm Jazz Ballad Sw > Waves CLA Unplugged 

Cajon: Waves Magma BBT & Waves CLA Drums

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Bass: 1953 Kay Swingmaster > Logic Pro EQ > Neutron 3 > Waves Bass Rider

Solos and rhythm guitar: whatever the man does smile

Post mix stuff: Ozone EQ > Ozone multi-compression > Ozone Imager > Ozone Maximizer > Izotope Tonal Balance > Logic Pro Loudness Meter

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The tune is world wide public domain, first released by Clarence Williams 101 years ago, and was also sung by Bessie Smith in 1923.  We tweaked the lyric and created a new chord structure. Being public domain we own all rights to our version.

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You three are in tune with each other on this.
To my ears, the bass, although sound may be a trifle loud?

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It's blues, so you've already won me over with that. smile

Janice's singing makes me run out of superlatives, and Peter's guitar is perfect. I was so focused on the vocal, I didn't even notice the BGVs until the second listening. Which means they're sitting in the mix at the right level. wink

I didn't know anything about Kay basses, but after reading through your comments I had a look, and now I know a bit more about those sturdy beasts.

Ha! I didn't expect the tag at the end.

Nice work all, I really enjoyed the listen. laugh


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Nice! Janice, Bud, Peter, you really sound tight on this one, or maybe you have exactly the right amount of looseness to fill in all the right blues spaces. Great acoustic playing by all. Especially liked the dobro(?) sliding around. The ending was cool, too. Super effort by the group!


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Janice, Bud, and Peter unplugged - brilliant!
You know I love the blues and this acoustic blues is fantastic, as good as or better than what I have ever heard.
As usual everything is absolutely perfect.
Loved it.


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Originally Posted by vicarn
You three are in tune with each other on this.
To my ears, the bass, although sound may be a trifle loud?

Vic

Thanks Vic. Regarding the bass I need to change out to some steel strings that cut thru the mix better with less volume. The nylon strings are almost more like a tuned kick drum 😀when played in a low register. Great for bluegrass though. Glad you liked it.

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Originally Posted by DC Ron
Nice! Janice, Bud, Peter, you really sound tight on this one, or maybe you have exactly the right amount of looseness to fill in all the right blues spaces. Great acoustic playing by all. Especially liked the dobro(?) sliding around. The ending was cool, too. Super effort by the group!

Thanks - no dobro or slide just an acoustic but interesting that it sounded like that to you.

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Janice, Bud & Peter,

Outstanding all around... Fantastic vocal by Janice. She always brings any song into a completely new space. Her delivery is flawless, emotive and holds your attention like no other.

Love the upright bass by Bud - it's just a wonderful sound. Peter's acoustic guitar playing is superb. Also, love the way the production and mix totally fit the acoustic sound - hard to do and done so well.

You all are making this old music completely relevant and making new history with it.

Loved it all!

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Classic interpretation of a classic. Bessie would be proud. Janice not only sings brilliantly, she ace at arragning and mixing.


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Superb. Mrs Merritt ... wow. What a voice. Love the staccato end of phrases on the word "luck", and a few others. You know when to hold a note and when to cut it short smile Also, your tone is OUTSTANDING, and perfect for songs such as these.

Peter's guitar playing fits seamlessly into the song. Not too much, not too little. Well done, Bud, on the mixing, too!!!

As others have said, I too concur: Bessie Smith would be so proud.

What a board chock-a-block full of talent we truly have, right here, at the PG Music User Showcase forum. Long may it continue ... I know I'm guaranteed to hear good music if I log in, here. Thanks, PG Music ... whatever you do, please keep it going ... this truly is the best Artists' Corner that I know of, online! smile

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J&B,
You all are quite the pros/experts at reviving these old PD tunes! Great vocals and percussion Janice! Bud is a wonderful bassist! Nice guitar solo! Super clean production that really sounds great to me! Sounds like it was recorded in a major studio!
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Originally Posted by dcuny
It's blues, so you've already won me over with that. smile

Janice's singing makes me run out of superlatives, and Peter's guitar is perfect. I was so focused on the vocal, I didn't even notice the BGVs until the second listening. Which means they're sitting in the mix at the right level. wink

I didn't know anything about Kay basses, but after reading through your comments I had a look, and now I know a bit more about those sturdy beasts.

Ha! I didn't expect the tag at the end.

Nice work all, I really enjoyed the listen. laugh

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Man, this sounds really good y'all.

I do love me some live acoustic now. It sounds like the way Jerry and Chester and me used to play it. Y'all would have fit right in. I used to know an old boy round here by the name of Doc Watson who might have joined in for that one. But he's gone on to play for Jesus now. But that's what I am talking about! Keepin' it in the family and keepin' it real.

But, I am afraid that Bass won't be in the family too much longer.

Bud, I am about to offer you 50 dollar, cash on the barrel head, for that bass thumpin' box of thunderin' buffalo noise you got there. Now that is my last offer, so you might as well pack her up. I will take Janice's old Martin box, too, since you know it ain't worth more than maybe ten or fifteen dollar, as old as it is. You can trust me. I's a friend and I would not lie to bluegrass fambly that way.

Be by shortly to seal the deal.

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Originally Posted by DC Ron
Nice! Janice, Bud, Peter, you really sound tight on this one, or maybe you have exactly the right amount of looseness to fill in all the right blues spaces. Great acoustic playing by all. Especially liked the dobro(?) sliding around. The ending was cool, too. Super effort by the group!

Thanks for listening and the comments are much appreciated!

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I'm never disappointed when I listen to a song from you guys.
I really like everything about this song, and the icing on the cake (as always) is Janice's vocals.
Love it!


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Originally Posted by MarioD
Janice, Bud, and Peter unplugged - brilliant!
You know I love the blues and this acoustic blues is fantastic, as good as or better than what I have ever heard.
As usual everything is absolutely perfect.
Loved it.

Thanks for the kind words Mario!

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You say different, I say same. Same incredible talent. Same best version I've ever heard (although this is one I haven't heard before, past examples lead me to believe there is none better). Love the all-acoustic approach, and Bud back on the Doghouse Bass. Janice, some great singing (same). Peter, some fabulous playing (same). Bud, some sweet slappin' (same). Outstanding mix and marvelous master (same).


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Originally Posted by MarioD
Janice, Bud, and Peter unplugged - brilliant!
You know I love the blues and this acoustic blues is fantastic, as good as or better than what I have ever heard.
As usual everything is absolutely perfect.
Loved it.

Appreciate the comments Mario.

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Ace performances by all involved.

Janice captures the bluesy heart of the song.

The acoustic solo sounds so era authentic.

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Janice, Bud & Peter,

Outstanding all around... Fantastic vocal by Janice. She always brings any song into a completely new space. Her delivery is flawless, emotive and holds your attention like no other.

Love the upright bass by Bud - it's just a wonderful sound. Peter's acoustic guitar playing is superb. Also, love the way the production and mix totally fit the acoustic sound - hard to do and done so well.

You all are making this old music completely relevant and making new history with it.

Loved it all!

Bob

Bob, we are happy the acoustic vibe worked for you. You are a master of the more sparse productions that we love so that makes your comments even more meaningful to us.

Thank you!

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