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dancing barefoot studio session

Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith cover)

Raw Studio Footage “Dancing Barefoot” (cover)
(no shredding here, only good old fashioned acoustic guitars 🙂 )

Yesterday someone I got to know trough Facebook, Herman, and I came together in my home studio to record the basic tracks for a set of cover songs we both like. Including this one, by Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot”. Audio you hear is taken from the smartphone we used to record the video.

We also recorded Daniel Amos Band’s “Shotgun Angel” and U2’s “40”. All in one session! Drums, one guitar and vocal. Now it’s up to me to re-record the vocals and also add bass.

This song will have female vocals, to be recorded later. Making music with someone you’ve only known online for a few years can be a little tricky — but we had a lot of fun today and worked out very well!

That’s the basic idea of the ‘Solid Rock Blues Band’ concept. While it’s a one-man-band, I love to work with others to play and record music. We might be doing a few additional recordings in the future!

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Stones For Bread Free Download

Stones For Bread (pre-release)

Stones for Bread is a new rocking blues song by the Solid Rock Blues Band from the Netherlands. The song has been pre-released on SoundCloud and in HQ Audio (CD quality) at BandCamp (check this link).

While trying to complete a few songs for a new album this song was written together with songwriter James Zheutlin more or less as an “in between” song. Based on an acoustic concept song (first demo version below).

SoundCloud

Acoustic Demo Version

The acoustic demo version was recorded in the kitchen at the LoftStudio and filmed using a smartphone.

Lyrics Stones For Bread

All rights ©2021 . Words: R. Brinkman/J. Zheutlin

You gave me stones for bread
Stop pretending that we’ve never met
You gave me stones for bread
Stop pretending that we’ve never met
You know I know you so well,
now it’s treason that I smell
You know I know you so well,
now it’s treason that I smell

You gave me stones for bread
Said there ain’t no more room in your bed
You gave me stones for bread
Said there ain’t no more room in your bed
pushed me out of the door,
said don’t “come back here no more!”
pushed me out of the door,
said “don’t come back here no more!”

Will I ever heal?
Only time will tell
Only time will tell
A contract under seal?
Only an empty shell,
Only an empty shell!

You gave me stones for bread
You painted pictures that I never forget
You gave me stones for bread
You painted pictures that I never forget
We once touched Heaven
but now we’re living in hell
We once touched Heaven
but now we’re living in hell

You gave me stones for bread,
You gave me stones for bread…

Recorded using..

Drums & Bass – JJazzLab
Guitars – Harley Benton Telecaster + JoYo American
Vocals – MXL770
DAW – Harrison Mixbus

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Bob Dylan Forever Young Happy Birthday

Happy 80th Birthday to Bob Dylan – Forever Young!

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author and visual artist. Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Dylan has been a major figure in popular culture during a career spanning nearly 60 years (Wikipedia).

Bob Dylan has been a huge influence on my songwriting as well as personal life. I recorded this cover of his song Forever Young to honor the man who is in my opinion indeed one of the best, probably the best, songwriter ever. Let’s celebrate and be glad and thankful for what he has given to us! An amazing talent. I wish him all the best and hopefully many happy years to come!

Happy 80th Birthday to Bob Dylan – Forever Young!

Also available at SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts/forever-young-bob-dylan

Forever Young – Words & Music © by Bob Dylan. Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Special Rider — for original, exclusive performances by Bob Dylan, check-out the official channel at www.youtube.com/bobdylan

Recording made using Harrison Mixbus6 (DAW), MXL Vocal Condenser mic, Behringer UMC404HD interface, Ibanez AS53-TF Hollow Body (Electric Guitar), Harley Benton MM 84A SB Deluxe (bass guitar), Samick Greg Bennett GD-101 SCE/N Electro-acoustic.

 

 

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Mountain High Song Release Solid Rock Blues Band

New song release – Mountain High

Mountain High (Valley Below) is an uptempo song, countryrock and bluesrock influenced, by the Solid Rock Blues Band project. Inspired by a short holiday trip to the Harz region in Germany.

While on holiday this song was written by Rudy and it took a few months before the melody and music were composed. After that was ready, recording and mixing the song was done in one day. Recorded, mixed and released on May 2, 2021 at The Loft Studio.

Video Mountain High

Audio only (Soundcloud)

More details about this recording

Recording
Drums – Digitech Trio
Bass – Harley Benton MM84ASB
Acoustic Guitars – Samick Greg Bennett (Electro Acoustic)
Electric Guitars – Ibanez AS53-TF Hollow Body
Vocal Mic – AKG C900 Condenser
Audio Interface – Behringer UMC404HD
DAW – Harrison Mixbus6

Video
Free stock video from https://www.pexels.com/nl-nl/videos/ and footage shot in the Harz region, Germany. Edited using Flowblade

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Ibanez AS53-TF Hollow Body Guitar

Gretsch g5420t Electromatic versus Ibanez AS53 TF Hollow Body Guitar

Gretsch g5420t Electromatic versus the Ibanez AS53 TF Hollow Body Guitar. I decided to sell my Gretsch g5420t Electromatic after owning it for six years. Not because I don’t like it but because I am not playing it much. It is a great guitar, has got a great tone but it was, most of the time, “collecting dust” in my studio.

Since I was looking for a smaller, thinner, more lightweight guitar I decided to sell the Gretsch g5420t Electromatic. But before it was  shipped out I wanted to do a final review video about it. Hopefully the new owner will use it as it’s intended to be used: “play it day and night!”. In this video I do some clean playing (chords, lead) and some distortion leads.

Below the video of the Gretsch g5420t Electromatic there’s a video of the new Ibanez AS53 TF Hollow Body Guitar. Of course two different beasts! And there are differences in sound. The Gretsch is fuller sounding but a heavy, big, beast. I was looking for something smaller and more lightweight. The Ibanez really fits the bill for me.

Gretsch g5420t Electromatic

Guitar Amp: Fame Vintage Line GX15R Combo

Ibanez AS53-TF Artcore hollowbody

Guitar Amp: Fame Vintage Line GX15R Combo

Lead and rhythm guitar, clean settings. Bass, Mid & Treble all center. Some parts with a little reverb, some parts with some additional gain for distortion.

The Ibanez AS53-TF Artcore hollowbody is a semi-hollow guitar made in Indonesia. Great tone, low action (out of the box). The nyatoh neck is fast and comfortable to play.

Standard strings included are substandard. In this video I use the guitar as it came, with the strings that were on it. This guitar is not, as many of it’s competitors, build in China! It has a very nice, rich, tone and the playability is, for me, great. The tuners keep the guitar in tune, but you might want to upgrade – I probably will later on and will probably choose black tuners, btw. Sine I think that looks a lot better on this guitar.

The guitar was bought online at BAX (https://www.bax-shop.nl/​). Good shopping experience, fast delivery. I normally buy at Thomann when I buy guitars online but they were out of stock so I opted for BAX. First time I bought a guitar there and the overall experience was good.

Specifications:
neck type: AS Artcore Nyatoh Set-in neck
top/back/side: Sapele top Sapele backSapele sides
fretboard: Bound Laurel fretboardWhite dot inlay
fret: Medium frets
number of frets: 22
bridge: ART-ST bridge
string space: 10.4mm
tailpiece: ART-ST
neck pickup: Infinity R (H) neck pickupPassive/Ceramic
bridge pickup: Infinity R (H) bridge pickupPassive/Ceramic
string gauge: .010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052
nut: Plastic
hardware: Chrome

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Road to Barna SoundCloud Download

The Road To Barna

A song inspired by pictures of Barna, Ireland. Some, perhaps surreal, poetry. Lyrics mixed up with haughtiness and a simple beat with wide vintage guitar drenched in reverb. And no, .. never made it to Barna. Not yet.

Lyrics – The Road To Barna

Road to Barna SoundCloud DownloadWords & Music ©2020 R. Brinkman/Solid Rock Blues Band

Like a lake, pretending to be an ocean
and the moon, pretends to be a star
you pass me by,
as you walk down the street

Like a leaf, pretends to be an tree
and a clock pretends it’s controlling time
your head keeps noddin’ on the beat

So here I am,
try to earn some karma
will it be enough
to pave the way to Barna?

Like a tree, pretends to be an forest
and a drop, pretends to be the rain
you just whist when you pass me by

I want to be
on that road to Barna
hear the Atlantic,
I’ll be there to warn ya..

it’s callin’ me, callin’ me
it’s callin’ me, callin’ me

Recording details

Song recorded at ‘the LoftStudio’.

Recorded using:
– Mixbus DAW
– Behringer UMC404HD interface
– Hondo (vintage) electric guitar
– Harley Benton MM84ASB (bass guitar
– Drums: AVL Drums
– Vocal mic: AKG C900 Condenser

Free download

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Don’t Say We’re Over. Out now on Spotify!

Don't Say We're Over Album pre-releaseIt’s here! Don’t Say We’re Over has been officially released this week and is now available on Spotify and other online streaming services! Of course it is also still available on BandCamp since that’s where we have made our complete (back) catalogue available.

The official album release was done trough Amuse. We are 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! So far, so good! Amuse has delivered the album to all platforms we’ve opted for and all went perfectly well.

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

Listen for free at Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0tLnwkIbovvo0fAXgWWgQy

 

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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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