rehearsing for live shows
I've been rehearsing recently, getting ready to play some solo live gigs. I've found this great studio not far from where I live and I've been going down there with my Martin acoustic and my Fishman Loudbox mini amp and bashing out some tunes. I've made a few backing tracks to some of the songs (very simple backing of drums, percussion and bass) and run these through the amp to play along to. You can watch a version of my song "Don't Walk Away" LIVE from the rehearsal studio right here! I'm supporting Molly-Anne at her EP launch this summer in beautiful Gloucestershire which should be a lot of fun.
GETTING BACK TOGETHER!
In other news I'm getting back together with an old bandmate of mine (Alan Snelling pictured) and we're gonna do some gigs as a duo. We got together for a jam the other week and it sounded so good we decided to put a set list together and do some gigs. Alan and I played a lot together in the 90's and wrote and recorded a lot of songs. We were the resident band at Anvil Studios back in the day and had a lot of fun singing and playing together.
Al is a freelance music recording mixer by trade and has recorded orchestras at Abbey Road, so it means our sound will be really top knotch!
I name this band....
After throwing hundreds of names and ideas into the hat for a band name (including Lady Garden Lovers, Fahrenheit and even sticking with our original name Ample Sausage) we have decided on BANDANA. It's got the word "band" in it, it's got my name in it and it's got two letters of Alan's name in it too! I'd say it's perfect.
NEW ALBUM "COLLIDING PLANETS"
It's been two years since my last album "Time For A Change" was released and I thought it was high time to get writing again! "Colliding Planets" is my third album and I feel this albums music and lyrics are my strongest to date. Here's a review.
My latest single release "Dreams of a Dreamer" from the album can be heard here.
The new album is a little bit more soul influenced. Of course I've still got my rock vibe going on (I don't think that will ever disappear) but I've introduced horns and piano more on this album on a few tracks - "One in a Million" and "Get Inside Their Soul". Two of tracks are country rock orientated "She's Still Drivin'" and "The Man I Want to Be" with plenty of finger picking guitar licks reminiscent of Mark Knopfler.
I've played around on my Fender Telecaster with Open G tuning and a whole new world has opened up to me! Now I know how The Rolling Stones sound like they do. Four of the songs are very Stones influenced using open G tuning as the base for the groove.
I bought myself a Fender Stratocaster which features on a lot of the tracks. The Rickenbacker 330 12 string also makes an appearance or two. All the bass guitar parts were played on my Hofner violin bass.
Once again drums are provided by ©DrumsOnDemand - my favourite drum loop company. You should check them out here and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I buy the Apple Loops which I can edit together in Garageband and with enough imagination, you can make your recordings sound so good people will think you had Ringo or even Taylor Hawkins round to thump the tubs for you!