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
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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.
Posted by Neil Porter at 16:23
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
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 !!!
Posted by Neil Porter at 03:26
Sunday, 23 April 2017
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.|
Posted by Neil Porter at 18:08
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
It's not unusual for a PBGB song to emerge from the barest snippet of an idea.
In the case of When Ya Gunna, the snippet was a groove Pete was fiddling with. The beat became 'Groove in G'. We'd been kicking it around for a cuppla weeks when Brother John Drews dropped in for one of his very welcome visits.
John set hisself up and dropped in on our Groove In G.
Well, as often happens, John's twiddles turned a jam into something worth working with.
We had the recorder on. Neil decided to take the results home.
We liked it.
'Groove in G' had morphed into 'When Ya Gunna ?'
Goes like THIS
Hope y'all dig it !
Pete gave up the groove
John Drews hammered the Hammond
Neil Porter wrote and sang the lyrics, played the bass. Produced it.
Graham Brown hit percussion thingies
Steve Faggotter Telecasted the lead break
Posted by Neil Porter at 21:57
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Kerry has been a regular Shedder for going on a year now. Until recently she had sung lead and back-up vocals on four PBGB songs, one of which, 'Sugar', she wrote herself.
Kerry digs The Shed. She loves coming on down and getting stuck into whatever project we have going on. Kerry is also a strong believer in what the Shed stands for, and happily stretches herself in her quest to improve her vocal performances and her song writing skills. Suits us just fine - learning is what The Shed is all about. Besides, Kerry always has a big smile on her dial!
Now, Kerry is very proud to present her second original composition. It's called 'Away'. We kicked it around for a while, then turned on the recorder.
The song is a very personal one for Kerry. The story behind it, in Kerry's own words, goes like this:
"My father was given away at birth. He was a love child, born out of wedlock in the 1920s. That was a shameful experience back in those days, and my grandmother and her family found it all too overwhelming. As a result my father and I never knew his parents. The circumstances of Dad's birth were kept a family secret. His name was Clancy, and, true story, I was raised to believe I was a descendant of “Clancy of the Overflow”.
Dad did eventually track down his father and front him, but that man denied his parenthood. Dad also tracked down his mother and met her when he was 28. Mum wanted to stay in touch, but it was too painful for Dad to learn that as a child he had lived in an orphanage not far from where she lived and yet she had never visited.
Despite these difficult beginnings, my father always had a smile on his face and an indomitable spirit.
This song has been cathartic for me in coming to terms with abandonment."
Thanks for sharing this very personal song with us Kerry. Listen to how Kerry expresses her feelings about all this by clicking on AWAY.
Kerry wrote and sang Away
Mick Nadin played the harp
Gus Washbourne played guitar
Neil Porter played bass and organ, and produced the song
Pete played the drums
Posted by Neil Porter at 16:16
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
When we found the then unpublished version of 'Under The Southern Cross' languishing in the PBGB archives ............ see the story by scrolling down to the blog post dated February 17, 2017...............we wondered what other unpublished songs might be gathering dust down there in the archives.
Neil thought he'd have a look, crawled in, and before long stuck his head up with THIS.
'Wood You Like Chips With That ?' is a song we wrote specifically for a gig we played at the Tanja Hall way back in........way back in............somebody help me here please..............anyway, let's say 2010. Back then, Neil, Chris Ralfs, Gus and Pete were The Shed Regulars.
Anyway we got a call from a local environment care group..............somebody help me again please.......who were putting on a fund raiser and they asked us if we would play a set.
Well we in The Shed have our hearts and minds in the right place as far as the environment goes, so we set about putting some songs together. In fact we decided to write a song especially for the occasion.
The woodchip industry is very much an 'in your face' local environmental issue around these here parts, what with the Eden Woodchip Mill being just down the road, the recent scalping of the forests at the top of Brown Mountain, and the constant stream of logging trucks that rumble through Pambula Village. Three of our favourite things really...........not !
So we wrote this little ditty, and with a nod to Macca's, called it 'Wood You Like Chips With That ? '
Neil wrote the music, sang it, played guitar and organ and produced the final product
Gus played guitar
Chris played bass
Pete wrote the lyrics, and played the drums.
We hope you like it.......................the Eco-Warriors did. Best as we remember anyway.
Posted by Neil Porter at 18:41
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
It contains 15 original songs from the last two years, which were written in Pambula Beach, Australia and Ougney-Douvot in France. Many of the songs have had mp3 versions available for a little while in various locations, but this is the first release of CD quality aif tracks of any of the 15 songs. You may have already heard tracks from "Looking Like The Real Thing" on local radio - thanks Graham, Henry and Fraser. All recorded and produced in Neil's jigumastudio except for some of "Snake Oil", which was recorded in the PBGB Shed.
Apart from two tracks where Jan joins in on harmony vocal, and "Snake Oil" which features members of PBGB (Peter Reid on drums, Kerry Hynes on vocal and Mick Nadin on harmonica), all instruments and vocals are performed by Neil. Style ranges between fairly straight-up rock and old school RnB with a couple of outliers - including a little Bavarian disco ;)
You can listen to it from the player below or go to the CD's BandCamp page and read lyrics, view track info, and even buy it there at a ridiculously low price.
Possibly Neil's best collection of original songs so far.
Posted by Neil Porter at 15:11
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Tony Green has been Shedding for the best part of a year now. He and wife Chris retired from Canberra to Tura. Tony's alter life in Canberra included years playing gigs around the pubs and clubs of the Nation's capital.
Tony got wind of what goes on in The PBGB Shed. He got in touch. We invited him down. He enjoyed himself, we liked him, he handled his bass with aplomb. We were pleased to note Tony's interest in harmonies, and his desire to learn about recording and production......it all felt good, so we invited him to come on board.
Tony was stoked to note our focus on original songs...............in the Canberra club scene originals are about as welcome as a strong dose of a something nasty. But Tony had a batch of original songs in his kit bag and before long he wheeled out 'First Class Ticket'.
FIRST CLASS TICKET is the first of Tony's originals to grace the PBGB Blog. Tony wrote the song, sang it and played the bass............ then dove headlong into the production. He set himself up with Logic software and set about unravelling the mysteries of mixing / production.
The black arts of mixing and production are enough to make anybody tear their hair out. Desperate L Platers seek out whatever help they can get, from any quarter.
Tony found a helper in Merimbula local Eden Hendry. Eden uses Logic as a tool for producing electronic music. He's keen to make a career out of mixing and production but hadn't had the opportunity to mix 'live' recordings. So he was happy to dive into the First Class Ticket audio files with Tony. He enjoyed that, and now he plans to check out The Shed, and we are looking forward to meeting him.............who knows what might happen.
First Class Ticket is Tony's first PBGB 'production'. It's a great start Tony, well done sir ! You're off and running, and bound to get betterer and betterer at it.
As for the song, Tony explains.............
"First Class Ticket is a song about what we don't know about death. What happens to us ?
If we believe in God, and heaven and hell, then we will presumably be predisposed to practice good deeds.
But none of us is perfect.......we have all made mistakes.
So if I'm going to hell I want to go in style, and take my time getting there. But if I'm going to heaven then I'm cool, I'll take any seat on offer."
Sounds fair to us !!
Joining Tony on First Class Ticket are.............
Steve Faggotter on Lead and Electric Rhythm Guitar
Lou Nadin on Acoustic Guitar
Mick Nadin on Harmonica and Harmony Vocals
Kerry Hynes on Harmony Vocals
Graham Brown on Percussion, and
Pete on Drums
Eden Hendry showed Tony some stuff about Logic.
Nice one team !
Well done Tony.............a splendid first attempt !!!
Posted by Neil Porter at 13:55
Friday, 17 February 2017
Couple of weeks back we played back some early PBGB recordings while packing up apres Sesh.
Neil's song ' Under The Southern Cross' popped up. It must have been five years since we last heard it. Neil's ears pricked up. We thought it sounded pretty smart. We chatted............... realised we had never posted it on the PBGB blog.
'Why not ?' we wondered. Buggered if we knew.
"Well let's do it" .
So Neil dug the Logic files up and had a bit of a fiddle. Added a dash of this and dab of that. Fine-tuned the mix as it were.
THIS is how it came out.
We recorded it back in 2011.
Neil wrote the song in response to the then recent Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi which seriously lashed the coast of Queensland. It also drove some beautiful lines of swell down to Pambula. Good for us, not so good for Queensland !
Back then, Neil, Chris Ralfs (once aptly described by Jenny Halper as ' the Grizzled Bass Warrior' ) and Pete jammed regularly as a threesome in The Shed.
So that's Neil singing and playing guitar and some keyboard overlays, Chris on bass, and Pete on drums.
Still not sure why we didn't post it back then !
Posted by Neil Porter at 23:52