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Always A Way PBGB, feat Andy O'Donnell and the Mills Sisters.



 Genre: Funk

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This is a song inspired by a Keb Mo concert Ken and Susie and Pete and Penny saw and absolutely dug at The Corner Hotel in Richmond ( Melbourne ) way back in 2012. Keb and his band absolutely cooked, and oodles of good vibes radiated from the stage.......the best of the human spirit conveyed through top notch music! Right there and then Pete decided to write a song that paid homage to Keb and his abundance of positive values.

After the initial lyrics were down on paper, Pete, Neil, and Kevin Breeze started kicking some musical ideas around. The song seemed determined to head off in a funky Motown direction. Fine by us. Before long we had a strong sense of what we wanted to do, so Pete and Kev laid down the basic drum and bass grooves, and Neil added some simpatico guitar and keyboard licks.

At around this point, Pete decided to ask Andy O’Donnell if he might be interested to sing the song. The sort of karma that the song is all about came good – Andy agreed. Yay ! Pete was absolutely stoked and asked Andy to also put his considerable musical experience into steering the song in the right direction.

Enter Andy, Musical Director! Andy suggested a couple of changes to the arrangement and laid down his vocal lines.

Then, Andy figured the song was just begging for some funky backing vocals. Well we knew that Stacey, Patricia and Phoebe Mills, who sing together in the Ruby Thursday vocal ensemble, could cut the mustard big time, so we invited them to come on down to The Shed. With Andy directing, the girls came up with a bunch of sassy refrains that fitted like a silk glove.

Brother Ken was busily figuring just what sort of percussion bits and pieces might add the right icing to the cake. We put the Backing Vocals and Ken’s tasty percussion chops down. Sounded Goood. We had the makings.

Neil gathered all the bits and pieces together and scurried off to mix it all down. After a few collective listens, suggestions, fidgets and re-listens we figured we had it in the bag.

So HERE it is. The making of this song was a perfect reflection of the karmic promise of the lyrics. Pete is seriously humbled by the goodwill of all the fine people who generously devoted their time and energy to creating this song.

Heartfelt thanks to............
Andy O’Donnell for his super vocals and creative direction
Stacey, Phoebe and Patricia Mills for their classy backing vocals
Ken Vatcher for his perfectly placed percussion chops
Neil Porter for all the fine recording and production work, and for his fab guitar and keyboard work - and the "Horns of a Dilemma"!
Kevin Breeze for his brilliant bass lines
Pete wrote the song, played the drums, then sat back and watched in awe as everybody put their stamps on the final product.

Enjoy the peace and love brothers and sisters !!!

Instant karma’s gonna get you !

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Uploaded: Jul 06, 2014 - 02:05:23 AM
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2014 - 06:45:11 AM Last Played: Jul 27, 2019 - 10:43:07 PM
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KCsGROOVE said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
always a way
I'm a big fan of Keb Mo too, seen him playing live once
very good song, tight band
really dig the vocals
yep, fine collab
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davisamerica2 said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
Great song and performance, Neil. This is becoming an Aussie Austin. Great music is happening down under! Love the mix!
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davisamerica said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
What Terry said!
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alackbass said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
In The Bag
I'll say!!!!
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Vic Holman said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
dang....... so cool in every way possible.
the backing singers & horns give this such authority
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bronco said 1933 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
Rock on
Hey Neil, you guys are becoming the stars of the Mjam circuit. I like the soul groove guitar, bass and drums. Nice understated vocals too, kind of like Sly's Family Affair.
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Philip18 said 1932 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
Always a way
This is fun! Love the Mills Sisters' work. Fine vocal from Andy. And they all work well with the excellent playing which supports them. Another fine product out of the Shed, Neil!
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lyzak said 1932 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
Always A Way
re your statement: "the best of the human spirit conveyed through top notch music!" ...
THIS is that! (I'm glad someone attended that concert!) Thanks for DL, will be enjoyed!
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bud said 1932 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
great groove - solid swing
instant karma indeed! Lots of talent packed into this number.
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rok41 said 1932 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
Always a Way
I've seen Keb here in Texas - Dig his scene. This definitely has that "feel" to it...groove is excellent. Horns kill! One of my favs from the Shed.
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MikeRobinson said 1930 days ago (July 9th, 2014)
Nicely done.   This has Motown written all over it.
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J_Gretch said 1930 days ago (July 9th, 2014)
Always A Way
Love this..! You guys have got it going on here.All the layers are so tight and that bass line just couldn't be any better. Much enjoyed right here!
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jiguma said 1930 days ago (July 9th, 2014)
Thanks for listening everyone
This has been Pete's baby from the start, and I'm really pleased his patience and perserverance (and deft use of the whip) have ended up with such a good result. It's been a challenge to mix at times, with the backing vocals being particularly complex, having maybe 8 or so takes of the three girls to choose from. All in all this has taken over 12 months since we threw chords around in the Shed for the first time.
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gadzooks said 1929 days ago (July 10th, 2014)
Always A Way
Excellent natural feel to the recording. The drums sound real good ... especially like the snare sound. It sounds ..... woody. And the growling bass tone helps drive this song. Funky horns!!! Andy's vocals are great ... mixed quite dry and nicely out front in the mix and the ladies performed the back ups soulfully. An excellent piece. Well recorded and well performed.
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Fire_Angel said 1927 days ago (July 12th, 2014)
You guys have a time machine?
Wow, takes me back a ways. This sounds so authentic it could almost be a band that came forward in time rather than a tribute to the style. That bass and those drums really lay the foundations for this and the material overlaid on those foundations is so spirited it's hard to sit still listening to it. Thanks for the download!
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PeterB7858 said 1926 days ago (July 13th, 2014)
Always A Way
The Shed is a magnet for fine talent, Neil. No exception here. Great groove and the vocals are a highlight. Excellent, "live" recording. I have been down south of you at Mallacoota for the last week. Take care, Peter.
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jiguma said 1924 days ago (July 14th, 2014)
Thanks Peter
To Peter Reid's great credit, his initial dream of a "magnet for fine talent" as you so nicely describe it, seems to be bearing fruit. We've come quite a way from the rag-tag collection of beginners and has-beens I joined 6 or 7 years ago who got together twice a week as an excuse to have a beer or three and play some blues.
Pete has been dogged in nudging PBGB along in the right direction and making connections with people who might be able to help us improve.
This song is, so far, the best example of how we have been able to combine the skills of local musicians with the resources of The Shed and our "can-do" attitude to recording and production. I think it also shows how we seem to have come to be accepted by some truly talented local musicians.
We're loving this chance to grow musically with the help of our friends.
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