Song: Golden Boy, Glenda, and Shamoo
I wanted to tell a Christmas story in the story-telling style of Tom T. Hall and Johnny Cash. Here's what I came up with. It's the story of three misfit barflies accused of stealing the local Methodist’s baby Jesus. Set in a small town we may as well call Clarkston, the three barflies search their souls, download an app, and save Christmas - likely all by their third beer.
Machine: Reaper DAW
Pre-amp: Art Tube Pre (the one with presets for about $75) chained with an RNC compressor
Microphone: Audio Technica 4033, Sure SM57, Cascade M39 stereo pair
Rhythm Guitar: 1963 Gibson B-25, 1991 Les Paul Standard through Fender Blues amp
Lead Guitar: 1991 Les Paul Standard
Bass: 1970s Univox Beatle copy
Drums: free drum app, sleigh bells from my dad's old farmhouse, rim shot and brushes on 60s Ludwig snare, old wooden tambourine
Special thanks to my kids, Cy, and Nadine, as well as my wife Christina for singing background vocals.
Recorded and produced at home by myself. Mixed and mastered by Warren Gardiner at Gardiner Audio in Melbourne, AUS. I want to thank Warren for his incredible dedication to a year's worth of music production assistance. This song in particular was the result of many mixes just to get it right. You know what Warren said to me? He said, "Hey mate, no worries at all about being picky, the client has to be happy! Made the changes and proceeded straight to mastering, but can still make further changes if you need." Here is his website so you can seek him out and benefit from his experience and expertise: www.gardineraudio.com