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Lottery Tickets, aren’t they cool?

Lottery Ticket, You’re so cool – You keep me dreaming, One Day Soon – I’m nobody’s fool!

Isn’t that what we all dream about? To say to the boss “I’m out of here”? To tell the landlord we’re moving out because we’ve bought a house ten times bigger than he has? And drive over to the new house in a brand new car?

Last week I heard an interview on the radio about the lottery – it inspired me to write this upbeat “Rock and Roll”  song. Just imagine what you could do only if.. – that’s a big IF of course. So many people hope for this big break. And some keep on hoping, all of their life. Gambling, big or small, is a big issue in society these days. Well, in fact it has been for centuries. Many songs were written about it. Here’s my take on this.

Song details
Recorded at the ZolderStudio (LoftStudio) home recording studio.
Words & Music 2019 (c)Rudy Brinkan/Solid Rock Blues Band

Drums & Bass – Digitecht Trio
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Vocals: Rudy

 

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The End Of The Street Top10!

The recently released single “The End of the Street” has now been charting for over a week at Drooble’s Top50 Blues Charts. The track is available as a free single (“Name Your Price”) at Bandcamp and also available for free streaming at Drooble and SoundClick.

Thank you so much for listening! We’re really happy about the number of plays we got at Drooble for this last single. If you’re a musician or in a band, check them out. Click here to subscribe (and yes, it’s free, no strings attached).

BANDCAMP
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/track/the-end-of-the-street

SOUNDCLOUD
https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts/the-end-of-the-street

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The End Of The Street (free single)

Today we’re releasing another (free) brand new track! The End Of The Street, a sad, bluesy, song about a love affair that went wrong. You can listen for free (streaming) at Drooble or BandCamp. The free download is available at BandCamp.

Download from Bandcamp:
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/track/the-end-of-the-street

The track was recorded at our home recording studio, the ZolderStudio (LoftStudio).It’s the first new release recorded at the new studio!

It took about a year to finish this song. After writing the initial first verse and chorus and recording it on a smartphone we’ve been working on it off and on. The first acoustic versions were recorded but we didn’t like them. Rewrote part of the lyrics and rerecorded it in a ‘full band setting’.

Recording details:
Drums, Bass – Digitech Trio
Guitars, Vocals, Keyboard – Rudy
DAW: Ardour

There are only 200 free downloads/month available at BandCamp. If you’d like to, however, you can support us by paying a small fee! We’d really appreciate that!

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Folsom Prison Blues – Home Studio Sessions

Acoustic version of Folsom Prison Blues Recorded live at the LoftStudio Home Recording Studio. Just a simple quick take, hope you like it!

I learned to love this song on a young age, since my father was a big fan of Johnny Cash (and lot’s of other country music). I’m not a big fan of modern country but like to listen and play songs by Johnny Cash and other “outlaw country” artists even though Blues and Rock are my favorite music styles.

Equipment used:
– guitar: Samick Greg Bennett
– mic: MXL770
– Interface: Behringer UMC404HD
– Ardour (Linux DAW)
– camera: Medion Life

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New Studio! Videotour of the new Home Recording Studio

The ZolderStudio (LoftStudio) has moved! As you might have noticed we were moving to a new location because we’ve bought a new house. Well, that is.. to us it’s new. But it was build around 1880. So it’s got a long history already. Anyway — we’ve started moving into the new house and rebuilding the studio.

After putting in the stuff we already had we’ve added a carpet, some new cables, additional acoustic treatment like DIY Acoustic Panels (see this video about the making and installation of the panels) and finally, yesterday, put in the foam acoustic panels on the walls.

The acoustic panels, btw, were very cheap to create. We paid less than 20 euro’s for them (hint: pre-made painters canvas). The acoustic foam was ordered online from Geek.

 DIY Budget Home Recording Studio

In essence, my home recording setup is a computer with a (Linux) DAW (Ardour, Mixbus5).

Recording at home shouldn’t have to be very expensive. Hook up a mic, trough an audio interface or use an USB condenser mic, and you’re ready to go. But once you get started with recording, there’s no turning back. So I bought a lot of addtional stuff over the years. Lot’s was also given to me as a gift, like the SoundTech ST162 16-channel mixer.

This really still is a budget home studio. Even though some people who visit me think it has cost a fortune to collect all this gear and to create it. There’s a lot of “DIY” stuff in the studio and, as written above, lot’s of stuff comes from very cheap, online, shops and stores in the Netherlands like the Action (there are many of them now all over Europe).

PICTURES & VIDEO

 

YouTube video (open in new window)

So, we’re “ready to rock” again!

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When Money Talks (Free Single)

The recent earthquake in Groningen, last Wednesday, with a 3.4 Magnitude inspired me to write this song the same day it happened.

Free Download at:
https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts/when-money-talks

The song was recorded last Sunday at the Home Recording Studio “De Zolderstudio” in less than two hours. It was written out of anger, frustration. We live close to the area where the earthquakes are. Some smaller ones have been in our are – damaging houses, schools, infrastructure. We’ve been waiting for the politicians to start making changes. To stop the gas extraction that ruined thousands of houses. They will not listen. Since it seems Money Talks a lot louder ..

WHEN MONEY TALKS
All rights (c)2019 Solid Rock Blues Band

My back was aching
and my hands were shaking
I got up
Outside it’s raining
and the kids complaining
oh shut up

Promised me the moon
you’ll be a rich man soon

When the money comes in
They will be your friend
ain’t it cool
If it’s money that talks
They’ll act like hawks
I’m no fool

Such a fool am I
Never wondered why
they’re coming down
from capital city
The news they got
it ain’t so pretty
pumpin’ (the) gas
out of the ground
say it makes
the world go around

The earth starts movin’
Oh What are they doin’
To my land?
Heard the loudest thwack
And the walls they crack
empty hand..

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Unboxing & Review – Devine PRO2000 Studio Headphones

Today we’ve received a new set of headphones from BAX Shop, the Netherlands. The Devine PRO2000 Studio Headphones. We’ve bought them as an additional set of headphones for monitoring, recording and listening to music. 

Of course these headphones cannot be compared to high-end headphones. I did a comparison with the Audio Technica ATH-m20x. The ATH’s are twice as expensive as these Devine headphones. And yes, you can hear the difference. No doubt about that.

In short
Pro’s: the headphones are very well build, have a good sound and are very comfortable.
Con’s: they are not suitable for mixing.

The reason why they are not suitable for mixing is because the bass is too loud, there’s simply a little too much low end. The mid’s are fine, high end is slightly recessed. Still, it’s a good buy if you want to use them for listening to music or for monitoring. They’re dirt cheap! Only 27 euro’s.

Youtube video (unboxing and review)

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Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” (acoustic version)

What better way to celebrate using a new studio than recording a classic, acoustic, folk song? The ZolderStudio (LoftStudio) has moved! So I did some test recordings and one of them is Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”. And I did not only record the song, I made a video of the recording session.

It’s just a simple “one-take recording” using my MXL770 for vocals, a t.Bone EM700 for the guitar and I’ve used the Behringer UMC404HD as an interface. The DAW I’ve used was Ardour (Linux).

MOVING TO A NEW STUDIO
I’ve also made a short video about the move to the new studio. A full studio tour will be made as soon as the studio is setup completely. I’m still waiting for acoustic foam, ordered a floor carpet and there are now new monitor speakers too. So subscribe to the channel to receive updates!

Please visit the Youtube Channel and subscribe here.

 

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Official Video for “Wine…” (if the bottle would be empty)

A new video has been released for the song “Wine (if the bottle would be empty)” on Youtube yesterday. The video for the track, the opening track of the new EP “Morning Ritual” is the second video we made for a track from this new EP.

All tracks are available for free streaming at BandCamp.
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/morning-ritual

 

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Solid Rock Blues Band hits the charts at Drooble!

The album “Morning Ritual” by the Solid Rock Blues Band hit the charts straight away after it’s  release on Drooble. Three out of the four songs on the EP were in the Blues charts the day after the album was released.

We’re very happy about this of course and hope the tracks will be played even more of course.

Read more about the new EP (click here) or visit the Drooble Blues Charts:
https://drooble.com/charts/genres/blues

Want to support the Solid Rock Blues Band project? You can listen (or buy!) the album (HQ digital download) at BandCamp for only US$2.00.

https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/morning-ritual

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