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On a recent visit to Austin, I met up with Bronco and pitched an idea for a collaboration, which led to the recording of this Country Western song. I even managed to talk Tom into dusting off his dobro guitar to give it some of that down home feeling. It took awhile for us to settle on a key we both could sing in, but that proved to be a part of the fun of this give-and-take adventure.

The picture is a rollerball drawing I made looking through the trees down on the Colorado River from the top of Mount Bonnell, the highest point in Austin.
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AUSTIN TEXAS [with Bronco]

I'm going down to Austin
With a guitar and a song
I'm going down to Austin Texas
With an electric guitar and a country-western song
I'm going to find a place to perform it
and I hope y’all will sing along

I'll take you down to Rainey Street
for some of Louie's bar-b-que
I'll take you down to Louie's
for some slow-cooked bar-b-que
You can grab a side of habanero beans
or grilled corn on the cob
chips and salsa
the choice is up to you

Took a walk along that river
nearly fell into Lady Bird Lake
I took a walk along that big river
and nearly fell into Lady Bird Lake
I got distracted by all those pretty women sunbathing
All those pretty women waterbiking
All those pretty women kayaking
I thought my heart was gonna break

If you live in Austin
It pays to be a musician
If you live in Austin
they will pay you to be a musician
And when you live in Austin - it gets a little hot
you'd better have your air conditioned
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Uploaded: Jul 04, 2017 - 02:58:32 PM
Last Updated: Jul 04, 2017 - 02:58:32 PM Last Played: Nov 11, 2017 - 04:40:25 PM
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davisamerica said 143 days ago (July 4th, 2017)
Well it does
Indeed get hot in Austin ...... did ya see the bats?
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Warren Smith said 142 days ago (July 5th, 2017)
The bats
To my surprise, my wife asked me if I wanted to see the bats (I hadn't asked her because I figured she wouldn't be interested). They estimate there are a million and a half female bats emerging every night from under that bridge. We watched from atop the bridge deck. Seeing them fly out is unusual, but the most peculiar sight was looking way down the river and seeing cloud-swarms of the bats heading off to feed on insects.
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paul f. page said 143 days ago (July 4th, 2017)
What I enjoy...
...about every single one of your tracks is the raw quality of your voice and the truly-authentic stories you tell. THere's a setting in my mixes that is completely unique, too, giving lending a very personal touch to each recording. (Vocal pitch suffers some here and there, but it's probably easy to fix.) keep 'me coming. I enjoy this kind of reality.
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Warren Smith said 142 days ago (July 5th, 2017)
Mixing it up
I make it a point not to polish my mixes too much, because when I lose that "raw" feeling all of my other flaws become too apparent : )

Well, that, and mixing is not my forte. I think of myself a generalist. That is, I aim for an acceptable-sounding mix, and when I engineer that to my ears, I stop obsessing over the quality. Beyond my so-so skills, the physical despoilment of my hearing and the quality of my equipment delimit my ability to produce anything brilliant. Getting all of the parts and components of a song working together in an amicable whole - that's usually what I try to achieve in a mix.

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ste said 143 days ago (July 4th, 2017)
has
charm. like the plunky guitar especially. nice slide
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Warren Smith said 142 days ago (July 5th, 2017)
Collaboration has its charms
Ha-ha .. in short, you like all of the elements Bronco brought to the mix : )
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bronco said 143 days ago (July 5th, 2017)
NYC?
An honor to play a small part in this song. If I could just have had him stay another week or two, he never would have gone back to NYC. The dobro really did literally have an inch of dust on all parts. But now I am fooling with it again. Thanks to Warren's request for it.
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Warren Smith said 142 days ago (July 5th, 2017)
90º and getting warmer
It's a good thing I left when I did because I see it got even hotter over the next few weeks. I'm just glad I escaped without getting sunburned.

There's usually a vast difference between the conception of a song and the way a production ends up sounding. That was certainly true in this case, but I like the way it developed and the way it turned out. It was fun doing it.
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DWL said 141 days ago (July 6th, 2017)
Yee haw
Ride 'em cowboys!

Excellent lyrics and the country vibe works well yet still keeps your unique sound.

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 137 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
Hill Country
I managed to get out of Austin without buying a new pair of cowboy boots, nor a horse to go with them : )
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Philip18 said 141 days ago (July 6th, 2017)
Austin Texas
Everyone's enjoying themselves here! Fun lyrics and plenty going on in the arrangement. I enjoyed listening!
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Warren Smith said 137 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
Plenty
Not only did the song practically write itself, but it could've gone on for several more verses. Too much fun, however, can be a dangerous thing, so we cut it off a four : )
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PeterB7858 said 141 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
Austin Texas
East meets South and produce an ode to the Country Western. Enjoyment level meters head north. Great fun. Thanks, guys.
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Warren Smith said 137 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
NESW
That comment covers all points of the compass, Peter. Thanks for navigating to our song.
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VicDiesel said 140 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
AustinAu
Fun song. I love the doubled vocals.

Good to know that you hit all the highlights.
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Warren Smith said 137 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
Lots to sing about
I only got to mention a few of Austin's highlights!
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Calchas said 140 days ago (July 7th, 2017)
Glad you guys could meet up.
This IS fun! Probably because you guys had fun doing it. A fine collab...

Be well friends!
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Warren Smith said 137 days ago (July 10th, 2017)
Connecting
That Austin vibe was spurred on by meeting up with MacJammers VicDiesel and Bronco.
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sammydix said 139 days ago (July 8th, 2017)
One of
those instantly likeable tunes--the whole feeling of it in addition to the sound.
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Warren Smith said 136 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
Collaborating
We had to pass it back and forth between us a couple of times to get the right key we could both sing in, but once that happened it felt pretty comfortable.
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Vic Holman said 139 days ago (July 8th, 2017)
get together
neat double team work here. the compressed country twang solo is sweet. the dobro adds nice authenticity, the drums that came in near the end was a neat surprise. i could use some air condition right now.
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Warren Smith said 136 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
Double team
The song does meander around a bit, but hopefully that doesn't make it seem unfocused. We needed space to make room for both of us : )
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FEEL said 138 days ago (July 9th, 2017)
Nice colab
enjoyable listen, I'm glad you guys came up with a tune to seal the visit.
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Warren Smith said 136 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
When in Texas
By the time at met up with Bronco the song was taking shape and I was able to run by him some of the lyrics. His positive response led to the collaboration. And, of course, his participation lent an air of authenticity to the Texas subject matter : )
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Dean-Resonator said 136 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
Aural postcard
Yeah I can just picture a couple of guys sitting out on the porch recording this song one night. It is like an aural postcard of your visit.
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Warren Smith said 136 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
Pictures of You
Yes, go with that image. It's much better than picturing us sitting at a Starbucks in an air conditioned mall.
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bronco said 136 days ago (July 11th, 2017)
On the Porch
That would be my friend Ronnie Babin's porch on his Dad's cabin down on Bayou Teche. We sit there in the humid nightime air having made ourselves as numb as possible with beer and herb. The bayou and swamp are a mere fifty feet away and the sounds carry well in the darkness. Was that slap on the water a big ole garfish or was it the slap of a gator's tail? Want to go for a boat ride in the blackness and find out?


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Name: Warren Smith
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Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. Howe

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