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An Undiscovered Hero - New version Take 2

The song artwork is a picture of Charlie Red in his heyday, playing at one of the many County and State fairs he used to do every year. God Bless you Charlie !

After posting this song back in March I decided I wasn't at all happy with the way it was put together. For one thing, the key was really too low for me and that ruined the overall sound of the song. For another it was just not a good enough backtrack to allow the song to shine.

So I decided to do a whole new version that I think is much better in all regards. I think this version is truer to the intent of the song and more worthy as a dedication to Charlie, which it is.

I wrote this song back in 1990 to honor Charlie Red (stage name), who played the county/state fair circuit in CA, OR, NV, and AZ for a lot of years. Charlie was an accomplished song writer in his own rite and was also my mentor when it came to song writing. Any skills I have in that regard I attribute to Charlie's patience and willingness to give me his knowledge, help and support.

I hope you enjoy this totally new version of one of my old songs. I also hope I finally got it right this time.

Thanks for listening,

Ed
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Lyrics
An Undiscovered Hero
Words, Music and Arrangement By Edward C. Wemmerus Sr.
Copyright © December 20, 1990 All Rights Reserved
Copyright © Registered January 15, 1991

Dedicated to Charlie Red, the original Undiscovered Hero


Verse

He's a country singer in a Stetson hat
with a guitar in his hand
Wearin' cowboy boots an old gambler suits
he makes a livin' doin' one night stands
Standin' on the stage at a county fair
with a rag-tag five piece band
tellin them stories and singin' them songs
about workin' hard and takin' a stand


Chorus

He's an undiscovered hero,
a country balladeer
bringin' songs and jokes and words of hope
to all the folks from far and near
but when this gig is over
and the crowd has all gone home
he'll pack up the old truck, kiss his lady for luck
and down the road they'll go



Verse
Wearin' faded jeans and a pony tail,
she's sittin' in the very last row
She's heard those songs a million times
through every matinee and show
She's got a baby on her lap, still she's the first to clap
even if he's done it wrong/
She loves the fair haired man, with the rag tag band
And the way he sings a song.


Repeat Chorus

Bridge

It's a hard life that they're livin'
playin' for the crowd each night
they give it all they've got, for one more shot
hopin' it will turn out right
But nine years on the highway
with a pick-up truck for home
makes it hard to be a star, no matter who you are
a singin' in that microphone

Repeat Chorus

Tag line:
he'll pack up this old truck, kiss his lady for luck
and down the road they'll go.
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Plays: 542
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Uploaded: Jun 11, 2009 - 08:49:20 PM
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010 - 06:40:05 AM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 08:56:02 PM
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Comments
Ren-Tin-10 said 2934 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Classic 70s Country
I knew there was a reason I miss "Hee-Haw". *grin*

Raw and unadorned, the way it's s'posed to be.

Fav'd.

Cheers,
Jim
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sloparts said 2934 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Thanks neighbor
Glad you came over for a listen and I appreciate the kind words my friend. I guess I'm stuck in that bygone era, but that's okay, I enjoyed it all back then.

Be well Jim and be cool,

Ed
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ramonaji said 2934 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Great!!!!
I just love this song, listening again and just... oh, you nailed it! (already downloaded as you know...)
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sloparts said 2934 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Thanks Ramona
for coming back to the trough for another turn. I'm really glad this one pleased you, and I very much appreciate the kind words on it.

I love listening to you when you're in the pocket on a really great song, when you've got "The VOICE" going on.

Thanks again for the listen my friend.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Feter said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
An Undiscovered Hero
I think this is one of your classics ..I m glad you back and work on it ..
the dedication itself worth ...fell so authentic ..for the sound and style
you really devote and belong to ...you just did it justice ...a true classic
here again ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thank you Feter
Glad you liked the new version and where i took it. This is much more where I wanted the song to go, but it took a few tries to get it right. I think now I'll be satisfied and just move on.

Thanks again my friend for you support and comments along the way. It is very much appreciated.

Be well and be cool

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Bob Rodgers said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
It's
great to hear another version of this song Ed and this sounds superb!
I've always loved this song and it's one of my fav's from you, a real gem!

Bob


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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
It only took 4 tries to get it right,
but now I think it's finally finished. Glad you liked the new version Bob and it's nice to know it's been a fav of yours.

Thanks for listening to this old mans musical ravings for so long, and for the kind words Bob.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
elfdaughter said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Foot-tappin'
Got my foot tappin' already.... loving it! Reminds me of when I used to do line dancing!

Love the lyrics as well!
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Why did you quit,
line dancing is a lot of fun.

Thanks Averil, I appreciate you coming to visit and the great comments. You just keep those toes a tappin' and get back up and dance girl.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
MarkHolbrook said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Wow
Ed... Amazing vocals man! CW is like your best genre my friend... While this one has a serious tilt I still love and get a big wide smile when Simple Life comes on!!!

This is very clean and very cool Ed!
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks Mark
Wow, "Amazing", used to describe my vocals. What, have I died and gone to heaven or something.

Glad you like the new version Mark, I do very much appreciate the kind words. And I think you're right about CW and me. I feel really at home when I'm working on a CW song. Not to mention the fact I know more about CW then any other genre.

Thanks again for the great comments Mark, and I'm glad that "Simple Life" still gets a smile.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Jarvoid said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Yessiree,
well this is a pure doggone stone hit with me....I love the slide/pedal/steel guitar sound in particular ,but the rest is all a knockout,,,,great job as usual Ed,keep 'em coming! !
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks Chris
Me and Country music get along well. It's really the genre I feel most comfortable with and know the most about. Maybe I should qualify that by saying the older Country stylings are where I feel at ease.

I love the pedal steel in this too. If I keep practicing, pretty soon I'll be able to do live steel parts instead of loops, but for now the steel is still loops.

Thanks for listening Chris, and the great comments on the song. I'm glad you enjoyed my ode to Charlie Red.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
thetiler said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Really
nice Ed, your voice is pleasant to hear ! YOU have sure added a ton of warmth to this site. This song has a real pro country sound. Love that steel guitar as well ! The whole tune is sweet indeed ! Thanks for posting this version !
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks Bill
I was never completely happy with the earlier versions. The first was very amateur sounding, and the second was not a good key for me on this song plus the backtracks were not really where they needed to be. So I decided to try again in the right key and make a completely new back track for it.

I'm finally happy with the way the song comes across, in all respects, lyrically, musically and production wise.

Thanks for listening and for the kind words on it Bill, it is really appreciated. I'm very happy you enjoyed the new version.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
dajama said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Lovely
Very cool, my friend. I liked the last version of this I heard (which may have been the second version?) and I like this one even better. The vocal is superb - you really nail it here, your voice rich with a great timbre, and, as always, suffused with the soul you bring to every performance. Someone said this is really your genre, and I guess there may be truth in that, but as I've mentioned before, one of the things I love about your music is the fact that you move so effortlessly (or so it seems!) between genres. A sign of a real musical adventurer. Nicely done, man. Peace.
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks David
The main problem with the last version was the key, it was too low for me, although I wasn't really happy with the backtracks either. This has always been a special song for me and I think that now, finally, I have done it justice.

Me thinks you're right about C/W being home, but I've played a lot of other styles over the years I was playing, oh so long ago. I really like any kind of music that feels good to the soul, if that makes sense to anyone but me, so when something pops into my head I figure at least I have to give it a try. Sometimes they come out pretty good, sometimes not so good, Those are the ones nobody ever hears, although I still have copies of a lot of the "Bad" stuff.

And the thing is, it's not that it's really all that bad, it's just that I haven't grown enough musically to get it where it needs to go. Oh well, maybe some day I will finish them too.

Thanks so much David for all you encouragement, help and support. You have no idea how much you and some others here on MacJams have helped me with that process of growing in my music.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Sigmund said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
undiscovered
Well I have not heard the original but this is cool none the less. Your vocal
performance reminds me a bit of Randy Travis. Everything about this is solid old
time country - the way country music ought to be, I say.

Nice performance - I enjoyed listening - thanks for sharing this ED.
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sloparts said 2933 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks Sigmund
I think it's safe to say I agree with you about C/W and how it should be done, but then I am an old kook so what do I know about it. Except of course that I do like the way this version came out and that I'm finally happy with it in all respects.

Thanks again for dropping in to listen Sigmund and for the great comments on the song, I'm please the you enjoyed it.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed


Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Skean said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Ed
This is the way I like (love) Country music, and you're a master to do it.
I just love your Country music my friend, downloaded for sure... Cheers & thanks

Take care
---
Kenta
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sloparts said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Hello Kenta
Well my friend, that's very nice of you to say. Me and Country music we get along pretty well sometimes, actually most times. But there have be occasions where that wasn't true, not many, but a few.

I think this time we got along just fine. This song is where I wanted it to be from the beginning, but it did take 3 or 4 tries to get it there. I'm really glad you like the results.

Thanks again for listening and for the very kind words my friend. Have a Whiskey on me next time you're at the club, and don't forget to get Linda a beer when you do.

Be well and be cool Kenta,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Roxylee said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
worth the work
Ed, I liked the first one, and this one even more. It's good to hear hopeful songs about people living out their dreams. Smooth and countrified and pleasing to my ears.
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sloparts said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Hello Roxylee
Thanks you for listening to the new version and for the very kind words Roxy, I really appreciate it. Im much happier with this version and of course glad to know you are too. It's a special song for me and it was important to get it right.

Thanks you again for dropping in, be well and be cool

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
mowguy3 said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
I agree with the other's
This is classic country. Liked it in March and still do. You do sound more comforatble in the vox. dept. This is a better recording I think and the best part is that the heartfelt lyrics lost nothing. Thanks Ed.
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sloparts said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Thanks Russ
I think I finally got it right on this one Russ. Nice to see that you agree with that assessment too. Thanks again for coming back to the trough for another turn my friend, and for the kind words, it means a lot to me.

Be well and be cool Russ,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Calchas said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Worthy tribute Ed...
Nice way to honor your mentor. Classic sound (from before Country went Pop-Rock...)

Well done!

Take care bro!
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sloparts said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Thanks Micheal
I just emailed a copy of the new version of the song to Charlie. I'm thinking he's gonna like it, although he's to proud to tell his friends it's about him. He'd rather brag about someone else than himself, which is one of his endearing qualities.

Thanks for the revisit on this song my friend and the kind words on it. I really do appreciate you.

Be well and take care,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
tireiron said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
gereat tune
classic country tune. eeee haw! rag tag bands,trucks and lady with a kid on her lap. about all you're missing is the train, the rain and momma 8-) good job ed!

john
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sloparts said 2932 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Thanks John
I could and another verse if you think it would help.

Gotta love them Country songs, they can be so predictable sometimes. Glad you liked where I went on this one John, It was and is a tribute to a very good friend and mentor, Charlie red (stage name). I wanted it to be special, and it only took me 19 years to get it right. There's something to be said for perseverance after all.

Thanks for dropping in to listen John and for the kind words on it., I really appreciate the listen.

Be well and be cool, and let me know what you think about that new verse idea.

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
alan_ said 2931 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Undiscovered Hero
Ed,

Love that pure Country Traditional Sound. You got the story right and the melody plays well with it.

Alan
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sloparts said 2931 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Thanks Alan
There's something to be said for the old time Country sound, most of it good too.

Glad you enjoyed the song Alan. I very much appreciate you stopping to listen, and the kind words you left for on the song.

Thanks again for listening my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
michaeljayklein said 2931 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Excellent
Ed, you are a pro at work...well done!

Michael
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sloparts said 2931 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Thanks Michael
Glad you like it my friend, and thanks for the comment and for listening.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
daibhre said 2913 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Destined to be a classic
Kickin' it up a couple frets makes a difference. Love it.
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sloparts said 2913 days ago (July 2nd, 2009)
Thanks Dave
After I posted the last version, and then really listened to it, I knew I needed to fix it. The vox was a full step to low. That and the backtracks just seemed too harsh for the songs character to shine through.

I'm glad you agree on the raising it up a couple half steps from G to A. Felt better singing it, and it gave me a chance to completely redo the whole song. I think it's a lot smoother now, and the backtracks better fit the mood of the song.

Thanks again for listening and for the kind words on it Dave, I really appreciate that.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
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