Gumbo

Gumbo

from The Windy West of Ireland

This Ain't The Road - 2010 RPM (2010)

12 tracks by Gumbo

This Ain't The Road My RPM collection for 2010 They're not all final versions yet but mostly it's just little mixing details that need swapping over. I'm just gonna take a short nap ...

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Again i'd love some feedback I like the feel and the mix do the lyrics work? recorded t'night in an hour after trying all day to get the verse lyrics rammed into another tune
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This was the first track i demo'd for this year's RPM but i just got round to tidying it up and adding the third verse. A bit of a feel good record!
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An old Blues - you coming or staying?
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this is one i have to stop tweaking - six versions and i still don't get what i hear in my head would love some crit for this one as it's doing my head in thanks
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one of those 'it was written even before i started' songs that just rolls out like magic i tried to keep it simple so as not to destroy the vibe first finished (if unmixed) track for RPM 2010
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An instrumental that sits in the middle where your grandfather would have been turning the LP over to play side 2
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I unleash my secret weapon! Guest vocalist Shaka brings the icing to this rather haunted version of the first chapter of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier!
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Dang, everyone except Rob (and Laura) (and me) liked the previous version! (Cupid's Own Knife) Only i did this with the lyrics so maybe one can be a bonus track ... aargghh ... why didn't i write a *different* song?
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Every silver lining has a Cloud
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Anyone read Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr - my daughter lent it to me - teenage Faery novel about addiction - pretty creepy at times. This is the one act musical version. I wanted a 'deranged in our neighbourhood' kind of feel to it.
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eeeek last minute songs still arriving ....
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This is a bonus track as it didn't make the album For those of you who know my stuff - does this sound like it works? or is it too much like filler - the vocals are effected, there's a drum loop - the guitar is just chopped out of a jam - i…
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Lies And Tales And Sticks And Stones (2009)

11 tracks by Gumbo

My 2009 RPM album, a down home collection of rootsy, mountain songs and tales.

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There's a whole mythology woven into this song, and hence into the album, and the weave is fine and warm.
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Remedies are funny things. You want to get better but you don't want to change. This is now a minimally tidied up version of this track 18/3/09
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Accompanied by Jim Bouchard on Slide Guitar, this is "the way my people does". The unsung heroes.
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Banjo and Guitar and Vocal. Sometimes you don't want to look back. this si now a tidied up version of this track 18/3/09
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Those stark Moonlit nights have something of a reputation, but there are other things lurking in the moonlight.
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It's about getting lost in the big city, about knowing the way through, and about the Last Chance Saloon. This is now a tidied up version 18/3/09
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A happy song about being left by your no-good spouse. There's a word for the attitude in this song but I can't think of it right now ... this is now a tidied up version 18/3/09
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A grief song. You know this place. If you don't then move on while you still can. Seriously. Don't click .. This is a tidied up version, I managed to get rid of some of th noise and rebalance the vocals 18/3/09
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I'm not sure if this is rockabilly or late 40s jump R'n'B. Dance music though. I had fun with the lyrics and the backing vocals. This is now a tidied up version 18/3/09
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An old time fiddle tune without the fiddle, or the tune, really, so the vocal has to carry it, and it has that lovely raw propulsion. Written and recorded in an hour.
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This was the first time I'd fired up my telecaster and amp for a recording and it felt like sitting in Sun Studios or something. Amazing sound after playing just acoustic instruments for a year. It's the first take and I loved it! This is now…
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The Cat's Moustache - rpm (2011)

12 tracks by Gumbo

The 2011 RPM Challenge CD. There was a moment in 1934 where all these songs were going to be a radio show on WALK in N. Carolina but Gumbo was walking the wrong way down Highway 65.

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Final version One of my heroes. Willie McTell was blind from birth and travelled all over the south in the thirties at a time when many people would never go more than 20 miles from their home. Plus nobody sings the blues quite like him…read more
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Final version RPM 2011 - my first track recorded and the opening track for the CD A kind of Old Time gospel number, which, if you listen to those pre-war guitar playing preachers, are virtually indistinguishable from blues. Except for the lyrics…read more
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Final version of this tune - voice and guitar, banjoe accompaniment i'm still getting used to this new mic and finding my voice sounds different with or i'm singing differently because of it. So .. feedback appreciated, and if you like it…
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Final version it needs a fiddle but it has a mandolin, a chicken banjo and some excellent backing vocalists my third demo for RPM 2011 The cat's in the window and the rabbit's in the hutch goat's in the meadow just a-chewin on the…read more
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Final version An unaccompanied song about bedtime. Not a lullaby though. Oh no! What does anyone think of the 'cat's moustache' line - it seems like that's a make or break call right there and i like it when i read it but it's hard to sing without…read more
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Final version I wanted to have a banjo fiddle tune but i still haven't learnt to play either instrument, so this is my famous 1 string banjo technique, with mandolin and guitar. It's style is inspired by meeting Morgan O'Kane and Ferd 4 last…read more
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Final Version If in doubt write more songs with Kazoo solo! and heckling! this is as close as i got to some hokum jug band
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Final version Every so often when i'm thinking of something else a western song pops up as if there is a soundtrack to a movie running in the back of my head. I might have to gather em all up into a playlist some day. track nine, or at least…
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I'm finally happy with this track - v1 was too much of a nothing song and it's been bugging me all the way to the last night of the challenge. 1 more to mix
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Final version Guitar, mandolin and voice. this doesn't fit with my rpm project AT ALL so i may not use it but i like the way it came out. I recorded the music for Bethan Mathis' RPM project but she didn't have time to use it (her album is…read more
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EDIT final version now posted and the page turning is gone but i left this intro as is in case anyone is reading the comments. Does anyone read the comments? or the intro? i turn a page somewhere in the middle of all this - you'd think i would…read more
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Final version Day 28 Anyone else still writing songs? this is the result of trying to listen to too many mixes in one day. Sometimes it's just easier to record something else.
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