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East Virginia Blues (with Alec/Relic67)


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tempie

 Genre: Bluegrass

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I'm a fan of Relic's (Alec's) bluegrass tunes, especially the way he blends traditional bluegrass with his own garage rock kind of style. So i asked him if he'd like to do a collab and he humored me. This is one of my favorite bluegrass tunes, everybody and their 4th cousin removed has done a version but i thought it would be cool to do a glam rock version. Again, Alec humored me. But half way through arranging a glam rock version i realized that what i really wanted was something else. When i was a kid the only music i was allowed to listen to or sing was religious (or country/folk, since at the time most of that was benign). I loved music more than I hated church so i sang in choir and all that. Our church was a little blue collar church and very few people could actually play, but they were enthusiastic, and usually somebody would bang a few chords on the piano and somebody else would play some bad scales on a trumpet or something and we'd get through it. So we'd be singing along but what i was hearing was something totally different, i was rearranging it in my head, adding counter melodies and different instruments and whatever. And so my concept with this tune was to create a traditional framework and then gradually morph it into what i was hearing back then as I sang those old songs. Don't know if i managed to explain that very well. Anyway I think it works. Hope you enjoy it.

Not going to go into what each of us did, we both did a bunch of stuff and Eric (Lennon) contributed the piano, great stuff dude thanks!
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Hits: 2630
Comments: 39
Fans: 22
Plays: 252
Downloads: 80
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Jun 01, 2010 - 09:25:21 AM
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2010 - 09:31:20 AM Last Played: Nov 03, 2017 - 07:20:32 AM
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Hardware:
ibook, delta king, tambo, spoons, epi mandolin, trumpet, hands, feet, banjo, whatever guitars Alec used...
Software:
GB08
Comments
alackbass said 2751 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Love Bluegrass
And we don't get to hear enough of it here. The banjo is particularly nice. Good clear recording of the guitar. I like the moving bass lines in the rhythm guitar feature section.
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
that's true
we don't get enough bluegrass around here. And the banjo is nice - Alec did a great job. learning banjo is on my bucket list. glad you enjoyed it man thanks for the listen.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2751 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Spoons
Terrific instrumentation and approach on this tune--really glad you didn't go glam rock on this one. (But at the same time, I thought when the distorted guitars came in toward the end with the hand-claps, it had a distinctively Tempie-modern sound that I was really into.)

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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
as my wife said
"what are you doing with those spoons"? "Uh, nothing."

i go back and forth with bluegrass. with country, especially anything up until '77, i can always listen to it. but sometimes i just don't want to hear bluegrass. when i do i just head over to the XM bluegrass channel. Thank God for XM.

glad you liked the tempie ending, i was trying to figure out what tempie bluegrass sounded like, it was daunting because this is the first try, with my other stuff i'm at the point where i'm really comfortable with it, and i think it gets better all the time. this is nowhere near good yet. but it's a cool start i think.
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RAVENS said 2751 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Awesome
What a great voice, so clean & clear. This is really neat, very catchy and fun. Surprised this tune went practically unnoticed, must be due to the holiday yesterday. Kudos, this was terrific!

RAVEN ;-)
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
thanks
glad you liked it. this kind of thing is really fun to sing. never fails whenever i upload a tune somebody immediately posts sixteen versions of "inspirations from a pencil sharpener" or something :)
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Relic67 said 2751 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
EV blues
So that's East Virginia in the picture?looks like a nice place.
anyway it was a treat getting a peek at your very creative "mad genius" approach to song conception and construction. I'm always impressed with the things you do, this is no exception and it was great to work with you!
Nice piano Eric...

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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
yeah man
that's home. "East Virginia" as opposed to West Virginia is a fairly large place so that photo of the Blue Ridge represents just one part of it (my part, the important part).

i like this tune, REALLY like your playing, but i'm left feeling that it's just not as good as it could be, so my mad genius wasn't as genius as i'd like. I'm going to keep coming back to it and playing with it. we'll see...thanks for your help man, it's good to work with somebody whose contributions push you...
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dave_b said 2751 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
East Virginia Blues
Love that banjo and guitar, and your voice is well suited for this kind of tune. Cool break when the delta king kicks in. Picking to end the song is great
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
thanks man
the best thing about singing a tune like this is that i can just be myself - lots of fun. glad you like the break. i dusted off my old high school band trumpet for that break lol.
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michaeljayklein said 2751 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Applause!
This was excellent guys--the real thing here, thanks!
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
thanks!
it sounds like the real thing because Alec is the real deal and at the very least i can sing like I talk. glad you liked it and thanks for the listen!
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lavalamp said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Ye Hay
Great change up here. A nice slice of Americana. The ending was a nice cherry on top.

LL
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
yeah
it was fun to do something different. i've been thinking i might want to do a hymn next. dorsey got me thinking along those lines.
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lavalamp said 2748 days ago (June 4th, 2010)
hey
what ever happened to dorsey?
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billykirsch said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Appalachia
You guys got it in your blood. Love the change at 2:30, the interplay between the banjo and lead guitar doing the fiddle part is great. Yeah, worth giving it a complete try in that style.
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
just might
i still think a gary glitter version would at least be funny. all these bands from new york and wherever these days doing jug band songs, bluegrass, traditional stuff, i guess ever since that movie oh brother where art thou came out, it's trendy to sing like a hillbilly and know the old tunes so i wanted to do something more honest, respect the song and the tradition but bring it into the present...
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guygrooves said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Faved before
the first 30 seconds were up. Tempie this is fantastic! You have the perfect voice for this. You seem to have a bit more confidence and it shows. This is one hellofa performance. My only nit would be @ the 2:30 mark ... the bridge I believe.. there is a harsh instrument I am not sure what it is, that sounds like it doesn't belong almost like white noise mixed in with it. I don't know its a small nit and still worth a D/L.
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guygrooves said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
My bad....
It is the electric guitar.. but I still cant make out what it is doing at the beginning, don't get me wrong, when it becomes distinct @ 2:43 It really rocks and sounds good but there are those 2 or 3 little parts that sound... weird for lack of a better way to say it. Oh well you know i mean well even if I am getting old and deaf. Both you and Relic should be proud of this one.
Peace
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tempie said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
white noises
I hear what you mean...i'm going to revisit this every now and again to refine it. I like where it goes but i think it could be better, composition-wise. I don't know if that guitar is necessary there. On a side note i had problems with bursts of static invading the mix when i mixed it down. I think i just had too many tracks - in fact you can hear how it messed up the timing of the handclaps at the end- those are standard quarter note claps, they sound like 8th or 16ths in the mix. maybe i just need a new machine. Anyway i'm always glad when you like a tune. my guess is you'll see this posted again a few months from now...
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Vic Holman said 2750 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
excellent
man, how more real can you get. the instruments here sound great. didn't know you could play banjo. but where's the spoons solo? :-)

excellent stuff guys!
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tempie said 2749 days ago (June 3rd, 2010)
that banjo is Alec
i made the leap to mandolin a while ago but banjo is still on my to do list. spoons - my wife was teasing me, 'hey spoonman' but it was fun. i did OK as accompaniment but might have to audit a few more classes at homemade instrument u before i do a solo. really glad you think it sounds real, that's what i wanted above all else.
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PaulaMunk said 2749 days ago (June 3rd, 2010)
I prefer bluegrass
to country because it isn't the least bit pretentious. That's a quite a band you put together. ( the banjo reminded me of The Beverly Hillbillies tune.) Very authentic. :)
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egobandit said 2749 days ago (June 3rd, 2010)
Oh yeah
Love the endingon this I think you achieved your goal of morphing it. I enjoyed the singing and banjo great collab Im glad everyone humoured each other. Excellent!
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cjdaley said 2749 days ago (June 3rd, 2010)
humour me
Great singing, for one thing. I'd like to hear the glam rock version, though.
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jibes said 2749 days ago (June 3rd, 2010)
One great song!!!
Very smooth and a great mix.
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Lennon714 said 2748 days ago (June 4th, 2010)
Greenbacks for Gibsons
Far more than a traditional bluegrass tune. The summer of 1977 break in the middle makes me smile. Such a great array of instrumentation all played so well. You guys have got to do more like this. That's an order, damnit.
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lengold said 2745 days ago (June 7th, 2010)
Great
stuff.
Cheers
Len

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Transcontinentals said 2741 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
approved
certified transcontinental approved
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fasteddie said 2737 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
I went back to this song and
noticed that my comment never posted.

You guys tear it up on this one. Cool bluegrass foot stompin goodness.

This is a good song to get really drunk and fight over some guys chick who you never known before.

Good stuff man.
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racerat said 2737 days ago (June 15th, 2010)
PURE
bliss. having grown up in Kentucky, I have a very special place in my heart for bluegrass, and yet we certainly don't get enough of it around here. Curious addition of the distorted guitar around 2:35. Put the icing on the cut and took it from pure to weirdness in a way. Cool idea.
P
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2730 days ago (June 22nd, 2010)
evb
very professionally done, great voice, great playing. very identifiable. nice lift at 2:18. and then even more at 2:45. cheers
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woofer3 said 2728 days ago (June 24th, 2010)
Very attractive -
particularly when it kicks off,- bluegrass has a very happy sound which is something we don't seem to have enough of these days. A fave indeed.


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DarkPlanet said 2725 days ago (June 27th, 2010)
Serious Tunage
SO organic and real I can feel the backwoods creeping around the ears, great music and vox totally transports the listener! Thats some fine plucking!
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Brian D said 2717 days ago (July 5th, 2010)
Wonderful
This is fantastic. I love hillbilly music and this is the real thing. Love it. Love, dammit!
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TomFairnie said 2629 days ago (October 1st, 2010)
Knock out
I'm a big fan of bluegrass and this track has all the ingredients...the wild ending was particularly enjoyable. It almost entered Holy Modal Rounders territory. Great fun.
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BlueLikeJazz said 2560 days ago (December 9th, 2010)
Yes
Nice job! The banjo sounds like it should! And nice musicianship. My only real complaint is the singing. I understand it is difficult (Im no Pavarotti) but I thought at times it got a bit too nasally.

Overall I really enjoyed it. Thanks.
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tempie said 2546 days ago (December 23rd, 2010)
thanks for the listen dude
man your comment made my day. Appalachian music that's too nasally! LOL!!!!!!!! what did hank say, learn to sing through your nose and you'll be ok? all in good fun man, i appreciate the listen and the comment. i took a stroll over to your playlist and listened, really tight sound.
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Damroze said 412 days ago (October 26th, 2016)
The real deal.
Love this stuff. You like the Cleverlys ?
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