Well the first part of this project is complete. Yesterday was the last day of mixing at EAR studios in Austin, TX. I have to tell you James Stevens, the engineer, did an amazing job with these songs. Working on a shoestring budget, time is what gets sacrificed. Normally we would spend three times as long on these songs as we had to work with. But James made it all work out. His meticulous attention to detail, combined with years of experience, knowing how to work the board made this project great. I went to audio engineering school, so I know a little about it, but watching James taught me tons more. He’s sharp as a tack and quick as a bullet.
Marvin Dykhuis is a musical genius. His arrangements are killer and his playing (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, resonator, percussion, banjo etc…) is amazing. I wrote these songs, but Marvin brought them to life. Now I just have to convince him to come play at every gig I get. Ha! Good luck with that. Marvin is as busy as a one-legged Can-Can dancer.
Rick and David also made this CD come alive. Rick Richards’ drumming is just indescribable. He plays like he’s heard these songs a million times. Every beat seems like it has always been there. And David Carroll makes that upright bass sing. His touch is sweet and subtle on some songs like “Daddy’s Little Girl” and “Isn’t It Simple” and a rocking, driving accompaniment.on others like “Fishing Hole” and “Nightmare”. David really is a master of the upright bass. I was truly blessed to get these two artists on this CD. I know Lee Duffy had a lot to do with that, so Thanks Lee!
So now we have the final mixes and they sound fantastic. But before we can deliver the CD to you we have to send it out to be Mastered. We are using a mastering studio in Colorado. I’m not sure of the name but James and Marvin both know the guy and use him a lot, so I’m confident that part will turn out just as fantastic as the rest of this project has turned out. I’m not sure how long that takes. It depends on how busy they are, but it shouldn’t take too long. These days everything is done online, so at least we don’t have to worry about it getting lost or damaged in the mail.
Meanwhile we are working on the cover photo and the stuff inside the cover. That will take a few weeks I’m sure.
Then we put it all together and send it to be mass produced. I’ll also put the songs on iTunes and Amazon for folks who want to download them.
So everything is moving along right on schedule. I can’t wait for you to hear these songs, but wait I must, so I just want to thank you all for your support. I’ll let you know when we complete the next milestone!
Richard “Grumpy Puppy” Howard