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July 19, 2007
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It's almost the weekend and I hope y'all got some fun in store for
it. Here in my neck of the woods it's time for Jamboree in the Hills.. the Woodstock of
country music. This is one of the largest weekend country extravaganza's you'll find and
it's loaded with stars. Of course, our local hero, Brad Paisley will be here to perform,
as always! Here in the valley, we locals can watch the whole thing on TV as our local
Wheeling, WV station covers it for the entire weekend... but many of the crazy redneck
locals insist on being there yearly as they can go there and camp for the weekend, have
parties all day (and night) while enjoying the shows. One thing this Jamboree does almost
yearly is bring with it the promise of rain! LOL.. our yards are turning brown from the
lack of rain but low and behold.. we had a thunder boomer all last night, it's been damp
and dreary all day and looks as though it'll be another wild... and WET weekend for the
folks at the show. It's wild.. you'll see folks who have traveled from all over the world
to spend a weekend at the Jamboree.
For those of you who are locals and smart enough to stay
home and see it on TV.. Enjoy! For those of you lucky enough to actually be there...
Yehaw! Have a ball! As for the rest of you.. there's always next year! :)
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WALKER SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD AT SAM HOUSTON RACE TRACK
Houston, TX Texas country hit-maker CLAY WALKER performed this past Friday night at
the Sam Houston Race Track to a standing room only crowd. As reported on Houston radio,
Walker set the attendance record for a Friday night concert at the Sam Houston Race Track.
Houston is where I live, and I love the fans, says Walker. I am so
thrilled to hear that I set an attendance record.
Clays current single Fall is climbing the national radio charts sitting in the Top
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Blanchard & Misty Morgan
We have some Cow Philosophy for you
on our next single on Stardust Records Comp. #68.
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THE RECORDING SESSION, AND BEYOND.
In Rock it doesnt seem to matter so
much, but in Country we want to hear the words. I hear too many recordings where the
lyrics are lost.
If the words arent audible there are
several possible culprits. The singer may not be making them clear, or the producer and
engineer arent recording them right.
Sometimes the singer tries too hard to sound
Southern or Country, and it comes out slurred and run together.
Heres a trick to get rid of
Singers Lockjaw: Pretend youre singing to a deaf person who is reading your
When Misty and I record vocalists (ourselves
and other artists) we use a soft-knee compressor on the mike and maybe later in the
mixdown. The compressor brings out the low notes, the soft words, and the nuances that
give an artist identity.
The compressor should be set conservatively at
2.5:1 or less. The compressor itself should be inaudible.
We try to get backup lead instruments to play
in the cracks between the singers phrases, not during, and we try not to have too
much going on in the singers frequency range.
Misty and I find it helpful to analyze the
lyrics beforehand, marking on lyric sheets where we want to take breaths, and which words
we want to punch.
If a song is good enough to record the lyrics
should be heard.
Each of us has different methods and tastes.
Im sharing ours just in case it may help somebody.
I've listened to tips from well known
producers and engineers on getting recordings to sound good.
I used to tune my studio speakers by putting
white noise (pure static) through them, and holding up a microphone connected to a
frequency analyzer. The analyzer would show red and green lights indicating which sound
frequencies were too soft or too loud.
I would then use a graphic equalizer to make them all even, or "flat".
I told my method to a famous producer/studio
owner in Nashville and he said it was wrong.
He said to this: Hang your speakers, and then
sit down for a week or so and just listen to big hit major label recordings through them,
adjusting the tone controls until they sounded best.
Then mix your recordings to sound as good as
the proven hits on the same speakers.
Also, I learned somewhere along the line to
place my near-field monitor speakers so that my head is the third point of a perfect
triangle. If the speakers are too close, I will hear too much stereo spread and not enough
of the middle. If they are too far away I don't get enough stereo, and I start to get
distracting room ambient sounds.
I learned to be very conservative with EQ,
which means adjusting the tone to you folks at home.
So, you've got a great mix...is your music
ready for the world? Not yet. It can still be a lot better. Send it to a good mastering
studio, and hear what you've been missing. It will knock your hosiery off!
About "presence"... Sometimes the
voice needs presence, or edge. To add vocal presence we boost the frequency slightly at 2
kHz, and maybe a touch at 4 kHz. Too much presence can make the voice brassy and thin. A
little can make it sound good,
and bring out the lyrics.
Enhancers like Aphex and BBE can help with
general clarity, and instrument/vocal separation, but they can be overdone, if were
The bass drum (kicker) has two separate
frequencies... the low part and the higher tap of the pedal on the head. The bottom sound
should not go below 40 Hz, unless you're doing hip-hop. I cut off all sound below 40 Hz
because it takes up a bunch of air space better used by the rest of the music. Also, many
stereo systems have trouble reproducing sounds that low. The tap of the pedal is much
higher, up in the mid-range area, where most of your "presence" is found.
If the String bass is at a very low
frequency in the mix, I make the bass drum higher, and vice versa.
About "punch"... Punch just
means how the audience feels the beat, and that depends upon how far the speaker cone
moves back and forth to push the sound out. Some mastering engineers like to use
compressors to get maximum volume. This holds down the loud sounds, and brings up the
quieter ones. Everything gets loud, but the speakers don't move very far.
I prefer to use a hard limiter. This leaves
the bass and drum peaks loud, just clipping off the tips of the peaks to even them up. It
makes the speakers punch out the beat, and the listeners feel it.
Music lovers go out and buy equipment for low
bass and high treble, but most humans can't hear sounds higher than about 16 kHz, and bass
below 40 Hz is a muddy rumble, and interferes with the clarity of the recording..
The human ear hears mid-range best. Recordings
with more mid-range sound louder, even though they don't move the needle on the meter.
It's called "apparent loudness" and was used a lot on vinyl singles to get the
music to jump out of the car radio. Too much mid-range sounds tinny. It takes a good
experienced ear to get it just right.
There are hundreds of useful effects available
today, which, when used properly, can enhance the sound of your music.
I've also learned that you can get a hit record without knowing any of this.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
It's time again for Zelienople Horse Trading Days! This is always a great family event
with contests, food and entertainment. This year, CHB is having a contest of our own -
come to the show for a chance to win an acoustic guitar autographed by the band!!
Be there early to see Vanessa Campagna's 8:00 performance.
This year, the stage will not be at Northgate Plaza. The concert will be held at Community
Park, off Beaver Street, in Downtown Zelienople. Go to www.horsetradingdays.info for
directions and more information.
Hope to see you there!
Other Upcoming Shows:
Aug 4 - 7:00pm - St. Joan of Arc Festival, South Hills PA
Aug 18 - 7:00pm - Northside Summer Spectacular, Holy Wisdom Parish, Pittsburgh PA
Sept 8 - 8:30pm - Hempfield Fall Festival, Hempfield Twp, PA
||Randy McAllister News
High Energy CD Release Party - Sons of Hermann Hall Saturday, July 14th
It's the CD release party for "Dope Slap Soup", Randy McAllister's latest CD
release. Randy McAllister and Mike Morgan take the stage for a high energy celebration at
the legendary Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm Street in Dallas. Scheduled for Saturday,
July 14th at 9:00 pm the party starts. Don't miss this celebration as Randy McAllister,
Mike Morgan and the band bring it home for the release of Randy's 8th album containing
some of his most exciting work to date.
You'll see why, Randy McAllister along with Eric Clapton was one of only two artists to be
nominated in three international categories for Australia's 2007 Blue Star Awards this
year! What the press are saying: "the best America has too offer. The man is a Master
of Americana" - RootsTime One of the Worlds Top... Blues Artists - Big
City Blues Magazine Absolutely stunning... - Baltimore Bluesrag Listen
closely, you just heard the thunder clap of a music legend!" - World Entertainment
Years in the making "Dope Slap Soup" is packed full of new material and a great
excuse for a "blast the doors down" concert and release party. Most of the songs
on the new album are written and arranged by Randy with tracks 2 and 7 written by Mike
Morgan and track 1 arranged by Matt Woodburn and Randy McAllister. Get ready to love this
album. Great songs with original stories, rich vocals and that soulful harmonica by Randy
McAllister. The guitar solos will amaze you by Matt Woodburn, Mike Morgan, Mitchell
Smithey and Todd Blalock. Playing an inspired Bass the legendary Sonny Collie. On B-3 and
Piano Mike Hanna and Tim Allexander. Drums were exceptional with Chuck "Popcorn"
Louden, Danny Cochran and Randy McAllister taking a turn. Randy's background vocalists
were Benita Arterberry-Burns and Angie McWhirter. Great appreciation and thanks to Garith
Roberts for his interest and support in getting this album out. For a fun night of new
music, plan to make the celebration July 14th at 9:00pm. Tickets $15 at the door.
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Ryan Daniel Performed for Soilders at Pope Air Force Base
Ryan Daniel recently performed for the soilders at the Pope Air Force Base Munitions
Facility in North Carolina where he used to work.
Ryan is working on his upcoming debut album Love, Life -N- Memories. The single, "A
Silent Movie," is available for purchase on RyanDaniel.org.
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Ruste Blue in the Top 5 on Famecast!
Rustie Blue is on her way to Austin, TX, to compete in the finals for the
FameCast contest! The Top 5 winners will perform live on July 26 in Austin for a chance at
the Grandprize of $10,000. Rustie will be performing "Born Again Country" (the
title track of her upcoming cd), "Shape Up Heart", and "Cowgirls Do It
Rustie Blue's live performances of "Sweet Dreams" and her cover of Elvis'
"Burning Love" earned her first place in the Top 10 contest on FameCast! The
video was recorded during a show in Ohio. FameCast is the first online competition
designed to find America's best new talent.
For tickets to the live show, send an email to VIPtickets@famecast.com
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Skyla Spencer to Walk the Runway
Nashville, TN - On October 14th, at the Country Music
Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, Skyla Spencer will be strutting down the runway at the 4th
Annual Fashion For Everybody benefit. Skyla was invited to be a guest star / VIP role
model for the benefit and will be outfitted by some of Nashville's finest and trendiest
The Fashion For Everybody Benefit will be hosted by Deana Carter, and all the proceeds for
the event benefit the programs and services of Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee.
The fashion show begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by a concert with Deana Carter.
Skyla says "I am honored to be part of this event and contribute to such a great
cause. So many young girls, and women of all ages, suffer from eating disorders, and to be
a part of a benefit that raises awareness is an amazing feeling."
For more information on Skyla Spencer, MP3s, the You Said You'd Call Me album, print
quality photos, or to schedule an interview, contact Laura Claffey with Wildfire Publicity
at Laura@wildfirepublicity.net or 615-825-0019. MP3s are also available to radio through
Dean Station Debuts Sophomore CD
Wildfire Publicity Announces the release of Raising the Root
CASTLE ROCK, CO - Dean Station's Raising the Root will be released on July 20! To
celebrate the release, Dean Station will be holding a CD release party in Arvada, CO, at
the D-Note Restaurant and Bar on Friday. Doors open at 7 P.M., and the band will be
performing at 8:45 P.M.
The rootsy Americana band's second release is compiled of all original acoustic music and
makes use of a wide variety of instruments. Introspective and poetic, with roots in folk,
rock, and blues, the band's songs leverage engaging two-part harmonies that contrast their
distinctly different vocal styles. Levi Dean (vocals, mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle)
sings in a self-described raspy voice, while Amanda Dean's (vocals, guitar, keys, spoons)
singing carries a more soothing and sultry sound. Charlie O'Neal provides the perfect
percussive background for Levi and Amanda's melodies.
Dean Station collaborated with renowned music producer Doug Deforest and Lake Paradise
Studios to compile the independent release which includes fan favorites from their debut
cd such as "Feather," "Go Ahead," "Flat Footin' Girl," and
2 Go Ahead
4 Flat Footin' Girl
5 Anybody's Guess
6 Pocket Full of Grace
8 Bad, Bad Dog
9 Mid January
10 Say Again
12 May Day in Court
About Dean Station:
Dean Station is a three-piece band that writes and performs its own original acoustic
progressive Folk and Americana music. Instruments played include: the spoons, mandolin,
guitar, fiddle, keys and percussion. Recently, the band completed a 7 month tour to
promote their debut eponymous album. Beginning in August, 2007 the band will tour the East
Coast, performing in the following states: FL, GA, VA, TN, PA, and MA.
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