63 tracks by Gumbo

This was an RPM track back in the day, and I've been playing it various ways to find a setting for it within the band repertoire. This doesn't sound much like our band would do it but it came out nicely, so i thought i'd share it.
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Sassy Nation version! Sister Savage and Mr Sandbags collaborated on the original of this wonderful heartbreaker of a song. I've been playing it on the guitar the last few days and it always seemed to come out with a grittier tone, so i asked…read more
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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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I'm sill looking for better lyrics for this but i like listening to it. EDIT i found them - see v2 It's been up at the Challenge site for a few days so i thought it ought to be up here too
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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 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 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 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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One of them ol' funky blues thingymebobs.
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Having fun (finally) playing around with the riff for this tune by Howling Wolf, which is based on a song by Charley Patton and another by the Mississippi Sheiks and another by Tommy Johnson and so on ...
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Aarrhhh ye scurvy sons (and daughters) of sea-rats, the pesky pluckers have been at it again. Pin back yer lug-holes or it's the plank ye'll be hoping for!
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A fun childrens tune from 2008, it really ought to be a hot fiddle tune but i don't have a hot fiddle. Old fox coming down the road now Bunny Bunny Run Run Bunny Bunny Go White tails bobbing in the air there funny bunny Go Go Bunny Bunny Run…read more
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First done by Dock Boggs back in the 20s, it's a great piece of melancholy parafunalia. Eerie to think it's a suicide note and reassuring to know he was still a tough old bird 40 years later.
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Ever since i heard Cave Street's Creator Protector Destroyer (from their 2010 RPM album) run from that song back into the opening didj of Onion Bell (the first track) i wanted to put the lyrics to that pulsing energy, and today i had time to give…read more
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Cave Street posted a track recently, their contribution to the Woody Guthrie Project, organised by Akron Family. http://akronfamily.com/woodyproject/W.G.A..html I wanted to take a shot at this too, so here's my demo. It was really just half…read more
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Every silver lining has a Cloud
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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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eeeek last minute songs still arriving ....
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An old Blues - you coming or staying?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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I really was carrying the ash from the fire out in the dark and looking at the stars and thinking how weird that was - to be throwing the ashes out in the middle of the night and pitch black and everything
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Somehow this outlaw stuff comes out every time i have to do my taxes ...
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Now ye sons of the kraaken, let's get to some honest pillaging, shall we? Aaaarh! The devil is an idle jest compared to what's within this chest No hearts more black than ours they say trust your own hide to be waterproof only else they…read more
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Here now, there be treasure to hide and we'll bury it full deep in the earth, and ye with it if you tell the tale. To the shovels lads, and dig down. International Talk Like A Pirate day is upon us, so swab yer decks and break open the Rum…read more
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This here be last years Pirate Day Song and a little darker as befits it's murky past.
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This is my 2007 Pirate Day song, written and recorded September 19th 2007. I like the innuendo, but maybe it's too subtle - nobody else seems to notice ;~)
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This was written and recorded on 19th September 05 aka International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2005 ( a wet afternoon as I recall) and is posted here so you start to get the hint.
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Another quick little ditty. Wandering the no man's land between old timey and the 21st century
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I needed a place to host a work in progress where it wouldn't be obvious so you might have found a secret mix!!! So that 4 minute song with the slide guitar that no-one listens to is gone ;-)
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OK it's the morning after the party at the China Quay, and our hero is waking up. What has happened? Influenced by about 6 different doowop tunes (great for hangovers!)
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Fiddling around with an open G tuning and I found the chord that 'Prodigal Son' is based on (a Robert Wilkins tune from the 30s made famous by the Stones) so I had a play around with it, stopped for dinner and came back and wrote the lyrics…read more
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Some impromptu mandolin chords and a bit of harmonising. The view from the window is very pretty today.
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A one hour track start to finish - words music and all the faffing around at the end to get the levels right. It's a ghost story. So go get your cocoa now! And a Murder ballad and a love story (but aren't they all). Old Conor Higgins…read more
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Guess who's reading a Tom Waits biography - he gets in yer soul I says!
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- just messing. - three guitars and an improvising night tripper ;~) My mind is gone all the way back round to the beginning ... So listen up!
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Written today. recorded on an iMac with the internal mic and no headphones (!) so it's probably going to be muddy as hell, but that feels about right for now. LYRIC: Fill up the glass, Bartender Ply your art Quench the fire in here, now…read more
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A cover of Iron Angel Forge's song from his 2009 RPM Challenge album, Not Forsaken. He is here at alonetone under the name IronAngel. I haven't told him yet, though, so it's a surprise ;~)
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this is the slightly sparkly version of my version of Moschell's "Boxes and Strings" from his 'Circus of Freaks and Fools' RPM Challenge CD. I recorded it as a video last night and redid it in the studio (unfinished sauna) today.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Those stark Moonlit nights have something of a reputation, but there are other things lurking in the moonlight.
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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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Accompanied by Jim Bouchard on Slide Guitar, this is "the way my people does". The unsung heroes.
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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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