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prerelease Don't Say We're Over

Don’t Say We’re Over – Album pre-release at Bandcamp!

Rocking blues from the LoftStudio by the Solid Rock Blues Band. The new album “Don’t Say We’re Over” is now available at BandCamp! Stream for free or download the 8 original tracks for only €5.00. The pre-release at BandCamp includes a free download for the song “Pandemic Blues”.

Download or stream from BandCamp
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/dont-say-were-over-2

Album Release BandLab Mastering and streamingPowerful Blues and Rocking songs about Love, Life, Society and Religion. Little stories based on observations not prejudices based on beliefs, politics or personal views. The new album by the Solid Rock Blues Band is now available.

Some of the songs have been around for some time already, including the video for the title track. All songs have been mastered using BandLab (you can stream the album from Bandlab also). The album will soon also be available from our SoundCloud and Drooble accounts.

Tracklist

Some of the tracks included were released as single. To read more about the tracks, click on the highlighted titles.

1. You Ain’t What I’m Dreaming Of
2. When A Woman Drinks Alone
3. Don’t Say We’re Over
4. Written In The Heart
5. Why’d She Call You My Friend
6. One Day She’ll Be Proud To Call Me Her Son
7. Pandemic Blues (free download)
8. Shattered Dreams

Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music

The official album release will be around October 4th. The album has been submitted for release trough Amuse. We are currently considering re-releasing some older albums trough Amuse also making them available again to the public trough services like Spotify and Amazon Music. Our experiences with DistroKid were fine so far but didn’t turn out to be successful in terms of sales. So we’re giving Amuse a try for distribution! In the end it’s not really sales that are our main goal but getting the music out there the most effective way. It seems Amuse will fit the bill for us.

We, however, always release our albums on BandCamp first. So here it is!

Official Video “Don’t Say We’re Over”

The album was named after the previously released single, included in the album, “Don’t Say We’re Over”.

Stream or download the album at BandCamp.

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Studio upgrade: Acer Aspire (Intel i5-9400, Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” and Ardour6)

The “LoftStudio” has gotten a major hardware and software upgrade. Because of the fact the old coputer, a DIY Intel i3 computer, decided to call it quits after having been a trusty companion for many years we had to buy a new computer. We bought an Acer Aspire with an Intel i5-9400 Hexacore(!) cpu on board, 8 GB of RAM, a Saumsung 256GB SSD and Western Digital 1TB Sata-disk.

We’re not going to bore you with lots of technical details but in the end we decided not only to upgrade the hardware but the software also. So we’ve installed Linux Mint 20 as well as Ardour6 and of course re-installed Mixbus5. For those that can understand Dutch, here’s an unboxing, test & review video.

ARDOUR6
For those of you interested: Ardour 6.x now comes with Linux 20, for free(!). It’s available in the Linux Software Manager as a free download. They do ask if you want to support them and as far as I’m concerned I’d say: Do so! If you use it on a regular base, just pay them for their efforts. It’s great software.

STUDIO SESSION
Of course we did some testing, after installing all the software. Here’s a video of a short recording session. Including a tip on how to get a nice, full, guitar sound.

NEW ALBUM
It’s been quit here because we’ve been working on recording a few new songs. We finished them the day before the old computer broke down! The new album is getting close. Some of the tracks are available at Soundcloud (some are free downloads!) at https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts.

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You Ain't What I'm Dreaming Of

You Ain’t What I’m Dreaming Of – Single Released

Available for download now at BandCamp (high quality audio), SoundClick (mp3 audio) and free streaming on Drooble, Reverbnation, SoundCloud and Audiomack. You Ain’t What I’m dreaming Off. New single released by the Solid Rock Blues Band project. This is the 4th song released over the past few months that will be included in the new album we’re working on!

Lyrics

You Ain’t What I’m Dreaming Of
All rights ©2020 R. Brinkman/Solid Rock Blues Band

It ain’t loneliness that drove me here
and my woman she’s truly sincere
She’s been with me, for so long
And I know I’m treatin’ her wrong

And I know this will break her heart
If I tell here we’ll be apart
Now that I’m here with you
there’s nothing she can do

You ain’t no woman of God, you don’t even come close
You ain’t what I’m dreaming of, so why should I love you?

It ain’t your beauty that drove me here
And I know I should’ve stayed clear
From looking for a woman like you
‘cus now my lady and I are trough

I can’t blame her for being here
Since my woman she’s truly sincere
And I know I’m treatin’ her wrong
She’s been faithful, for so long!

You ain’t no woman of God, you don’t even come close
You ain’t what I’m dreaming of, so why should I love you?

Love You!

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Pandemic Blues – Free download from Soundcloud and Soundclick!

When the corona-crisis started, who’d expect it to continue up until today?

So when I recorded a quick, acoustic, song about the pandemic and put it on Youtube I never expected it to be relevant today.. but it still is! Last weekend I went into the studio and recorded a full version in the studio. Decided to make it available as a free download. Because it’s bad enough we all got hit by Corona and I do not want to make money from that.

If you’re interested in buying some of my tracks, please check out my BandCamp site. There’s a great offer available: buy all tracks with a huge discount.

 

This track is a free download trough SoundCloud (see above) and SoundClick. Some details about the song. Both are in HQ mp3-quality.

Bass, Guitars & Vocals by Rudy
Vocal Mic – AKG C900 Studio Condenser
Drums – Digitech TRIO
DAW – Mixbus5

Mastered using BandLab’s (free) mastering service.

 

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Single Release When A Womain Drinks Alone Bandcamp

When A Woman Drinks Alone – Bandcamp Exclusive Single Release

Country-rock tune by the Solid Rock Blues Band now available trough BandCamp for download. The new track will be included in an upcoming album to be released later this year.

Ever noticed a woman alone in a bar? Ever noticed how she, most of the time, isn’t alone for long – well, at least unless she wants to be alone. Ever noticed a man in a bar? This song does note the differences. It’s a country-rock track, made available yesterday trough BandCamp and will be made available trough other platforms later on.

When A Woman Drinks Alone

Recorded at the LoftStudio.
Drums – AVL
Guitars, Vocals, recording & mixing – Rudy

LYRICS

When A Woman Drinks Alone
Words & Music ©2020 R. Brinkman

When a man drinks alone
you bet his love has gone
he’s lost all tears
drinks away his fears
when a man drinks alone (2x)

When I drink alone
My trouble won’t be gone
I don’t drink to forget,
Since we’ve never met
When I drink, on my own (2x)

When a woman drinks alone
you bet it won’t be for long
there’s always someone
who offers her one more
when a woman drinks alone (2x)

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Don’t Say We’re Over!

Slow rocksong, lovesick, broken heart. Male vocals. Heavy guitars. Don’t Say We’re Over. The new single by the Solid Rock Blues Band has been released today on SoundCloud and BandCamp.

Free streaming at BandCamp as well as on SoundCloud. If you’d like to download it, you can buy the single at BandCamp.
It’s yours  for only USD $0.79

The single was recorded at our home-studio and written and performed by Rudy using a Digitech Trio for Drums & Bass, Gretsch Electromatic, Harley Benton Telecaster and Fender Starcaster Stratocaster, so yeah you guessed it: lot’s of guitar on this track! There’s clearly heavy blues influence but it sure ain’t your standard 12-bar blues song. It’s more a slow rock or perhaps blues rock song.

VIDEO

ABOUT THE RECORDING

Details about the recording, for those interested:

  • Drums, Bass: Digitech Trio
  • Gretsch Electromatic & Stratocaster effects: Mooer effects pedal (review)
  • Telecaster: JoYo “American” sound (Fender Amp simulation)
  • DAW: Ardour
  • Interface: Behringer UMC404HD
  • Vocal mic: MXL770

Want to read more about the studio? Just check out the Studio-page.

 

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Back and Charting #1 at Soundclick

Yes! Back at Soundclick and charting already! The Solid Rock Blues Band, previously known as Barking Aunts and YAOMB (Yet Another One Man Band) started on IUMA, mp3.com and.. SoundClick.

[Updated May 14,2020]

Well over 25,000 streams on SoundClick in only a few years convinced me (Rudy) there were at least some people who liked my music and I continued to build a following and friendships on SoundClick, some of the people I’ve gotten to know over there are still good friends! However, SoundClick was getting behind, had lot’s of technical issues, the forum was closed down and the place was “taken over” by people (artists) creating and selling “beats”. Not the place anymore for a musician like me.

However, SoundClick got their act together some time ago and we finally also managed to login to the site again (after four years..!) and uploaded the latest album “Solar Powered Love” yesterday. It was, to our surprise, an “instant hit” hitting #59 at the Blues Charts within 24 hours!

Soon after it landed on #1 in the BluesRock Charts and #2 in the general Blues Charts. Amazing! We are really happy and grateful this happened!

Blues Charts #2 BluesRock Charts #1

You can stream/listen to the tracks at SoundClick here:
https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandID=1398985&content=songs

Thank you for your continued support!

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Nationale Bevrijdingsdag - National Liberation Day The Netherlands

National Liberation Day – The Netherlands (free song)

On May 5th, it’s National Liberation Day in the Netherlands. We remember being liberated 75 years ago by the Americans, British, Canadian and Polish troups on may 5th, 1945. This liberation was done ‘by force’. By the use of weapons. By bloodshed of many young man who died for the liberty of others.

This song has been written to honor all those that died for freedom, all those that suffered from war. And to remember us there are still many who suffer from war, all over the world. Since I do not want to make money off this specific track, it’s available as a free download at SoundCloud and Drooble.

The track is also included on the latest Solid Rock Blues Band Album, “Solar Powered Love”, available at BandCamp.

Free Download

Background information

Every year liberation day is celebrated with big festivals all over the country. Including (free) popfestivals. In the province of Groningen, where I live, they planned to have a big festival also in the main capital, the city of Groningen. Singers/songwriters, bands and others were invited to write an original song about the liberation, under the name “Sounds of Freedom”. But the corona (covid19) virus also hit our country. I wrote a song for this contest, inteded to do a demo-recording, and hoped someone would be willing to (record and) sing it for the contest.

I expected the contest to be postponed, just like the festival. But it wasn’t. So, I missed out on the change to submit it but decided not to leave the song in some drawer and finished the recording to be included on the new album. On this track I played all instruments: drums, bass, guitars.

And yes, I also did the vocal track 🙂

 

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Solid Rock Blues Band Solar Powered Love

Album release: Solar Powered Love by the Solid Rock Blues Band

New album from the Solid Rock Blues Band now available for free streaming and download at BandCamp!
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/solar-powered-love

Solid Rock Blues Band Solar Powered LoveCountry-rock and blues inspired by life, the news and personal experiences. Celebrating the 18th album from the LoftStudio. So I guess where now going towards adulthood right?  This album contains 7 tracks by One-Man-Band studio project the Solid Rock Blues Band. All instruments were played and programmed by Rudy, the singer-songwriter and studio-engineer. Yes, it’s a 100% solo studioproject this time!

All tracks were recorded at the LoftStudio Home Recording studio. Additional song writing by my friend and award winning songwriter R.J.F. Mensies on the track “The Second Time”.

If you’d like to buy it: on May 1st BandCamp waives all fees! Thanks for listening and your support. All songs are originals, no covers here! For only USD 4.00 you can download the full album from bancamp. If you want to download only a few songs the price is only USD 0.70/track. Click on the link below to listen or buy the album.

BANDCAMP

https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/solar-powered-love

REVERBNATION

The album is also availble for streaming at ReverbNation

Stay safe #stayhome!

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Radiohead – Creep (Acoustic Home Studio Sessions)

Radiohead’s “Creep” is one of those songs that I have been listening off and on for many years now. It never bores me. This is classic rock songwriting as it should be done. I recorded an ‘acoustic’ version today at my Home Studio, using my Samick electro-acoustic guitar, my Washburn and added some additional guitarwork using my Gretsch Electromatic. Vocal mic: AKG C900, a gift from a friend in the United States and I really like this mic a lot!

Mind you: after recording the initial guitar parts and vocal I re-recorded the vocal track because that would allow me to edit the vocal without effecting the guitar sound since the acoustic guitar was, of course, causing bleed in the vocal track and your really don’t want that to happen!

Anyone who knows the original will notice I left out the bridge. Impossible for me to sing!

DAW: Mixbus5 / Linux Mint.

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