Monday, 21 August 2017

GRAHAM BROWN AND THE SHED CREW DISH UP A BARRELING 'BAR BEACH GROOVE'............

Graham's been lurking in The Shed since mid 2016. He fronts up to most every Sesh. He brings a big smile, and loads of enthusiasm............a very popular Shedder indeed. Graham is the first dedicated percussionist to have joined the PBGB Family. That offers us opportunities to learn from his training in percussion, and to suss out percussion as a key component of our music.  Fine by us Graham..............bring it on !!

Slowly but surely Graham has claimed a corner of The Shed. He's got a myriad of percussion gear............congas, bongos, tambourines, whistles, cowbells, chimes..............you name it ! Throw in microphones and leads. He's over there somewhere !

Graham has his percussive touch on nine of our songs now, with writer's credits for three. See Graham's 'Musician's Page' for a rundown.

But Bar Beach Groove is the first song entirely conceived and directed by Graham. He has taken the decisions about the basic feel, the tempo, the arrangement, the lyrics, and the choice of instruments. This is his concept from beginning to end.

The song is of course an ode to Merimbula's Bar Beach. Let's face it, Bar Beach is an inspiration. Anybody who has loitered around the Bar Beach Kiosk drinking coffee or partaking of their fab foodstuffs while admiring the stunning view knows that. Not to mention surfers who have tackled waves at The Bar on a good day...........The Bar can turn on a brilliant wave, make no mistake about that !!

Bar Beach Groove is a studio, rather than live production. It has been built up in layers, with Neil manning the recording desk and piecing it all together.

The recipe started with a basic clave feel on the kick drum. Then the layers started...................a modicum of melody, a brace of bass, a pinch of piano, a dash of drums, a garnish of guitar, a few party vocals, and of course platefuls of percussion, including guiro, clave sticks, bells and congas. And, in what we think might be a first, Bar Beach Groove features harp on a predominantly percussion piece.

Anyway, THIS is what we eventually dished up.  

It's been loads of fun, and most everybody who happened to be in The Shed at the time got to throw something into the mix. A real PBGB Shed production.

Thanks for the fun and games Graham.............let's have another one !!

Tossing ingredients into the Bar Beach Groove are..................

Graham Brown - Writer, and a Plethora of Percussion
Neil Porter - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Production
Ken Vatcher - Drums
Mick Nadin - Harp
Dawson Graham, Mick, Pete and Graham - Party Vocals

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

JOCK LOGUS AND DAWSON GRAHAM DUET ON DAWSON'S 'IT AIN'T RIGHT'

Jock and Dawson
It's been our privilege to play music with Dawson for a couple of years now. He always arrives with a big smile, a swag of swingin' original tunes, and a totally humble, down to earth demeanour. He's great !

And we've been blessed to have Jock sing with us for the best part of a year now

Dawson is always happy to share his talents, and it was immediately clear how well Jock and Dawson sound when they sing together.

Back in June 2017, we posted Tony Green's 'You And the Blues', which represented Jock's debut on the PBGB Blog........singing Backing Vocals.

But now we are stoked to feature Jock in full flight, singing duet with Dawson, on his great song 'It Ain't Right'.

Click HERE to have a listen. 

Jock's debut on lead vocals has been a long time coming, but we hope you agree it has been worth the wait. It's a great song, and we reckon Dawson and Jock sound fantastic together. Well done team !!

Dawson explains the song.......................

"'It Ain't Right' was written to feature Jock.

Basically, it portrays a conversation between a gambler and his wife.
He's out running around and gambling most nights. All his wife wants is for him to stay home at night, and be with her.
So after many lonesome nights, she decides to go home to Mama.
When he gets home and his wife is not there. He laments 'It Ain't Right, somethin's gone wrong'.
He ends up crawling to his wife, trying to get her home, making promises.
So his wife lays down a few rules of her own.
Again he groans............'It Ain't Right' "

All we know is it was great fun to play, and we're very pleased to give Jock a chance to belt out some down home Shed blues.  And she sure dun did that !!

Great result team !!

Getting down and dirty on It Ain't Right are...........

Dawson Graham - Writer, Vocals, Resonator Guitar
Jock Logus - Vocals
Mick Nadin - Harp
Steve Faggotter - Rhythm Guitar
Tony Green - Bass
Pete - Drums

'It Ain't Right'   -  Produced by Neil Porter

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

DAWSON GRAHAM RECKONS 'THINGS ARE CRAZY' COME FULL MOON TIME

Dawson howls at the moon.
Couple of weeks ago we were in The Shed, jamming away on a few songs. As we do. We had a crack at Dawson's 'Things Are Crazy'. It sounded pretty good. So we decided that we would turn on the recorder and see what came back at us.

After playback, Ken reckoned it sounded like a party song and that we should throw in a few extraneous party noises. So we did. Everybody gathered around a mic. and hooted and hollered, banged a bottle or whatever. We enjoyed that !

Tony took the files home and set about producing.

Click on 'Things Are Crazy' to join the party !       

Dawson lives on a mountain top in a very isolated spot, far from the madding crowd. It is rumoured he has been known to sit outside on a full moon night and howl at the moon. Dawson Wolf ?

He figures, and he not alone in such figurings, that the full moon has some pretty strange effects on people. He's interested in said effects, and believes we need to know what those effects are, and be prepared !

Dawson believes that locking the doors and turning down the lights is a good start. After all, things can get a bit crazy up there on the mountain.  Got to look after each other up in them thar parts!   Awoohooo !

Well who are we townies to argue with that ??

Howlin' and partyin' on Things Are Crazy are.................

Dawson Graham - the mountain man hisself - Writer, Lead Vocals and Resonator Guitar
Pete on Drums
Tony Green on Bass and Backing Vocals, and Production duties
Louise Nadin on Rhythm Guitar
Steve Faggotter on Lead Guitar, and
Kerry Hynes on Backing Vocals

Hope ya dig it !!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

KERRY HYNES SHINES AGAIN ON HER 'ROCKING POOL'

Following the launch of her song 'Away', back in April 2017, Kerry lost no time in introducing us to another song she had written, this one called Rocking Pool.

We kicked it around The Shed for a while, playing it this way and that, ironing it out, fine tuning etc.

A week ago we had a line up in The Shed that Kerry thought would do the song justice, and without much further ado we decided to give it a run.

So we ran through it a couple of times, then turned on the recorder.

Click HERE to have a listen.

Kerry says...............

" I love words and play. Song writing lets me do both. Rocking Pool came to me as a concept. I woke one morning with an image of a rock pool by the ocean, the feeling of peace we get in nature and the comfortable feeling of being held and rocked by a loved one. A tune and the words Rocking Pool were in my head. The comfort of feeling loved, the sensual pleasure water brings, the freedom and peace that letting go of concerns allow, are what I hope this song conveys........the love and peace that passes all understanding.......that only handing it all over to God enables. I hope you love the gorgeous instrumentation too!  Thanks to the family in The Shed for making it all happen".

Well Kerry, it's our pleasure ma'am.

In The Shed on the day were

Kerry, who wrote it and sang it
Graham Brown, who added percussion
Mick Nadin, who blew the harp
Gus Washbourne, who played the lead guitar
Neil Porter, who played rhythm guitar and later added bass, then did the production work, and
Pete, who played the drums.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

KERRY HYNES AND JOCK LOGUS TEAM UP ON VOCALS FOR TONY GREEN'S 'YOU AND THE BLUES'

Kerry
Tony
Jock

Tony's been  a regular Shedder for over a year now. He came to The Shed as a bass player, but he had a few original tunes up his sleeve. And he likes to sing. He's also very keen to master the black art of production. Earlier this year we posted 'First Class Ticket', a song Tony wrote, sang, played bass on, and produced. Pretty handy fellow to have around !!

For his second original offering,  YOU AND THE BLUES, Tony asked Kerry to sing lead and Jock to provide back-up vocals.  Nice teamwork Tony !

You And The Blues is Jock's PBGB debut. Well done Jock !!  Welcome aboard the good ship PBGB !

Jock wandered into The Shed late last year, and is now a very welcome regular. We had heard about Jock through her appearances at the Candelo Blues Club Sunday jams. Word was that Jock could really belt out a blues, and that became very evident as soon as she sidled up to a mic. and let fly. Jock brings a truckload of enthusiasm........ she's great fun to make music with. We can't wait for Jock to feature as lead vocalist on one of our songs............watch this space, won't be long.

Kerry has added her vocals to a half a dozen PBGB songs now, including a couple of her own originals. She really enjoys afternoons in The Shed and seems to be feeling right at home.

Anyway, Kerry and Jock are showing real promise working together..............a powerful synergy............don't you agree ?

Tony explains that You And The Blues tells the age old story of how people are attracted to musicians, but sometimes grow tired of the commitment to music that comes with the territory. That commitment frequently involves many late nights, expenses, trips away, and, well, the word obsession springs to mind. It is no coincidence that the very first PBGB Value reads "Family First.....No rock and roll widows or neglected children here please".  So yea Tony, we know where you're coming from !

You And The Blues is Tony's second shot at producing a PBGB song. He's putting hard yards into mastering the ins and outs of production, and it shows.

On Tony's 'You and the Blues'...............

Kerry Hynes sings the Lead Vocals
Jock Logus sings Backing Vocals
Tony Green wrote it, plays Bass and did the Production work
Dawson Graham plays his Resonator Guitar
Steve Faggotter plays Lead Guitar
Graham Brown plays the Percussion parts, and
Pete plays the Drums.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

BiiK-OS WE CAN !

PBGB Blog followers will know that many of our songs start out with just a groove, or a riff, or a clutch of lyrics. It is a great product of the collaborative and supportive nature of The Shed that a shred of an idea will bloom, with input from here there and everywhere, into a song we are all happy with.

It is also the nature of The Shed that different people participate in different songs.............not everybody gets involved in all of our songs. 'Side projects' abound.

In the case of BiiK, Pete had a drum and bass groove, and an 'interlude', floating around in his scone. Couldn't get rid of it in fact. He  practiced up the drum patterns and turned to Neil for help marrying the drums and bass together.

Neil got that sorted tout suite.

From there on it just developed from a flurry of emails, experiments, test tastings and floated ideas.

Communicating musical ideas via emails is not easy, and there were many times Pete thought Neil might come down the hill with an axe. But in fact, Neil displayed incredible patience and understanding as they hammered the song together piece by piece.

So, as you might gather, this was not recorded 'live in The Shed'. Nope. Far from it. This is more a product of Neil's 'Jiguma Studio'.  All Neil took away from The Shed were three or four drum patterns and some weird 'Pete' ideas.  The rest was all pieced together at his place. Painstakingly. Step by step. With much trepidation on both sides.

But it was very exciting when we both went "yes !" and we had another piece locked in.

So....................

BiiK is the result of an extended collaboration between Pete and Neil.

Pete had the rough concept, and a few drum and bass patterns in his head. He played the drums.

Neil did everything else.....................great suggestions, guitar, bass, dulcimer, and all the Production work.

They are delighted.  What do you think ?  Have a listen by clicking HERE.

Oh.....................people asked "what is the song going to be called ?"............."BiiK" ..............what does BiiK mean ?

Buggered If I Know.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ALICE WIEBE - "WINTER CLOTHES"

Sometimes things just pop up and end with a really good outcome.  This song is the result of one such situation.

PBGB occasionally gets the opportunity to work with young local musicians who are just starting out on their musical journey - Jack Biilmann, Matt Burroughs, Lockie Marson to name a few.  We do this to help them by giving them a first recording experience and maybe a few mp3s of their songs.

Alice Wiebe's name came up in the local bakery, owned by Alice's parents, and after a brief discussion and a recommendation from Graham Wykes at Sapphire FM, we agreed to give Alice an hour in The Shed to put down a song or two.

We had no expectations as far as what we might be able to record or how long it might take.

Alice came in, sat down and knocked over three songs, one of which was this original "Winter Clothes", which, like all three songs, was recorded on the first take!  Alice played guitar.  On this song, virtually no engineering was required. 

It was a real pleasure recording this and meeting Alice, who at only 16, seems to have an interesting musical journey ahead of her.

We hope to be able to do more recording with Alice in the future.

Produced by Neil Porter at the PBGB Shed in Pambula Beach, NSW, Australia

Listen HERE.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

NEIL REPRISES 'COLD BLACK HEART'

Neil's been scratching around in the PBGB archives again. 

Just as he did recently with 'Wood You Like Chips With That' and 'Under The Southern Cross', Neil has unearthed a song that was recorded way back when but never seemed to make it onto the PBGB Blog. 

Not sure quite when Cold Black Heart was recorded (it was mid 2014 - Editor), but Neil has dusted it off,and given it a bit of a spruce up. 

Have a listen HERE.

Neil wrote it, sang it, and played the guitar, bass and keyboards. 

Pete played the drums. 

The lyrics tell the story. 


Enjoy !!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EXTRA ! EXTRA ! READ ALL ABOUT IT.............DAWSON GRAHAM'S 'UTE BROKE DOWN'

Just a cuppla days ago we had a rather unusual combo of people in The Shed. Sometimes the same players just don't get together for what seems ages.  

Anyway, Dawson gazed around the room, noticed Brother John Drews had his 'keyboard with the lot' on board, and figured we might just have a great line-up for his song The Ute Broke Down.

We'd been kicking The Ute around for a while, trying different feels and sounds, and sort of saw it as a fun thing that shouldn't be taken too seriously. But John had never played it, and Neil hadn't played it for yonks.

Anyway, we jumped in, belted up, and pressed the starter button. John hit the honky tonk toggle, and away we went.

Neil took it home and sent out a straight off the desk, no fidgets version just to see what we thought.

Well sometimes the first takes are the best. Seems there is just adrenaline and anxiety that creates tension when a group of people try out a song for the first time................not knowing quite what to do..........hanging on for dear life.................making it up as you go.

We thought this was just such a moment and decided to post it exactly as it came off the desk.................quick mix.............done.

Sounds like THIS   

The story is..............well the ute broke down pretty much says it all !

Hope ya like it !

Dawson wrote it, sang it, and twanged the Resonator
Neil (Bass ) and Pete ( Drums )  laid down a Pambula Beach New Orleansy bed.
John honky tonked the Piano

Lemme tell ya............THAT was fun !!!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

PBGB IN THE WILD

A few of the Shed regulars did some extracurricular activities last week.  Here are shots of Kerry, Mick and Dawson - don't have one for Steve, who helped out with Jackson Fisher.

PBGBer Kerry at the Taraganda's Got Talent event.


PBGBers Mick and Dawson at the Candelo Festival.