The band will deliver songs done the best way possible as long as it has previously done.With the addition of my 12 year friend and partner and friend,Dave Waterbury,we will put out the best music we can.In addition,I have a very large catalog of unrecorded material,country,rock,pop, and r&b.Blessing,Johnny
S.T.P,Scavens,Trigger and Peterson,The Hunky Band,Elijah,One Delta One,Whose the Blonde?,The Memorial Sidewalk,The Guild,John Luxury and the Ice Giants
With the Ice Giants,we usually jammed out in a Southern rock groove like on "Last Train to Nowhere"-an anti-drug song.Even our covers like "Gypsy Woman" were great at times,frankly.Our version was more like Bryan Highland than Curtis Mayfield.We feature Oscar "Lincoln" Jenkins a lot like on "As We Are"-and he was with the Temprees,thats him on "Dedicated to the One I l Love".Hes probably one of the top singers Ive ever heard.
I could allways write the commercial songs because I spent an unreal amount of time doing it and Im still doing it because I was trained as a staff writer by a BMI producer-ten songs at least at a shot-R&B,pop,metal,country,soundtrack-you name it I learned to write it- to do that in Birmingham and Muscle Shoals and I played with a lot of "Big Names".When I was eighteen,I just take my reel and drive up to Shoals and go to Rick Halls studio-totally cold turkey,just walk right in-and the secretary would say,"Ok,Rick will see you at three-thirty" and I would walk back in after grabbing some down-home barbeque and Rick would put the tape on the reel and critique the songs!"Twilight Zone material!Today you couldnt see Rick in two years!But I imagine the barbeque is still fantastic down there!Its a very nice town with a lot of very real and sincere folks.
Beatles,Stones,Dion and the Belmonts,Elvis Presley,Rick Nelson,Eddie Rabbit,Mac Davis,Jackson Browne,The Rascals,Animals,OMD,Midnight Oil,Simply Red and Motown.Also,Prince,Neal Diamond,A Tribe Called Quest,Public Enemy,X,The Buffalo Springfield,Uriah Heep,Psyc Furs and many others.I also really like Oasis and Smashing Pumpkins,Blink187,Bruce Springsteen,Billy Joel,Elton John,Emerson,John Mellencamp,Emerson,Lake and Palmer,The Rasberries,Eminem, Madonna,The Plimsouls and The Clash as well as Coldplay and Barbara Striesland,Steve Lawrence and The Supremes and great singers like Leslie Gore and Barbara Lewis and the Commodores and Lionel Richie.who Im familiar with because they played at the University of Alabama like we did in Elijah and would come to see us on their breaks and wed walk across the fraternity or sorority row to see them.That's to name a couple!Not any couple I saw drinking draft beer and walking,though!ha,haThe draft beer was really flowing!
Live I allways liked the Shure 187 and Senheiser products.In Jr High wed get our mikes from the local pawn shop and use bell-speakers someone lifted by climbing up a tower at a church!Standell made a great P.A. amp-ours in Elijah was so powerful,it was two separate units.I had a Briish amp once-before Thomas Organ bout Vox.We only used one.Univox,Ampeg,Fender,Gibson,Leslie speakers and I had a British Vox amp in high school I picked up with my Dad one Saturday at this warehouse-the thing had tubes and was massive.Combined with some Peavey columns,worked very well.In Elijah,we liked the Electro-Voice Eliminators speakers-we had a sponser who would would buy us anything we wanted literally money was no consideration-we went to a music store in Atlanta and spent several hours buying out about half of the store.ha,ha.The salesman was really happy!
In the studio you want to go with the best you can afford.
We and I work with David Waterbury exclusively now,although we recorded at Poyel in Hollywood and used the great producer Dave Alexander and I worked with Lou Stone and Don Mosley and a lot of other producers.Dave Waterbury is a great producer and former key member of Spirit and the Boxtops-an amazing talent and a great guy.I highly recommend Dave Waterbury Productions.His site on the internet is http://davewaterbury.net and another great thing about Dave is he will work with your budget,and is a virtuoso musician who will instinctively know what your song needs and give you the best sound value around in this city.State of the art equipment.The best you can buy.Plus,Dave is a great guy!
To all the folks who like our music,Id like to thank you!The good Lord willing,there will be more!