Yeah, that title is a mouthful.
Ok, so this is my first real foray into the country music genre. But given that I was born and raised in the south, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I took the plunge.
I originally intended to modify the lyrics, but after “careful reflection” I realized that few modern country songs have lyrics that I would put up against Sting or Neil Peart (how’s that for diplomacy? haha) so I opted to leave them alone.
Peter (desert) kindly contributed a great Hammond line, and my oldest daughter helped considerably with the backing vocals.
All in all, I’m happy with this song. I’ve never tried playing a country lead, and it took me a while to get enough phrases that connected well. It doesn’t sound like I hacked it, even though I did.
Lead and clean rhythm guitar: American Strat > MindPrint Envoice MKII > Cubase > Guitar Rig 5
Crunch rhythm guitar: Les Paul Standard > MindPrint Envoice MKII > Cubase > Guitar Rig 5
Acoustic: Takamine something (I bought it in the late 80’s and don’t remember the model) > MindPrint Envoice MKII > Cubase
Bass: Fender Jazz Bass > MindPrint Envoice MKII (fairly compressed) > Cubase > Guitar Rig 5
Drums: Jamstix 3.6 > Battery 4
Vocals: Neumann TLM103 > MindPrint Envoice MKII > Cubase
I used plug-ins from Native Instruments, FabFilter, Variety of Sound, and SoundToys (plus, of course, Melodyne to correct my crappy vocals and guitar playing) but mostly used native plugs. I’m overjoyed that the drums finally came out with the prominence that they should have without taking over the mix.
(Edit: updated link to point to Bandcamp)