Wheel in the Sky (bluegrass cover)

November 19, 2008 10:06 AM

As requested by uncleozzy. I'd like to think this is a song sung by a hard-travelin' man dreaming of his girl—a girl with beautiful long black hair, and a high, soaring voice; Old Man Perry's daughter, Stephanie.

I blew the levels on the main vocals and there's little fuckups galore, but I think it came out pretty good for a silly morning's work all in all. It was certainly a hell of a lot of fun to do, anyway.

Someone else needs to do Faithfully.

posted by cortex (15 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

Geez, that has to be a turnaround record and it has harmonies and several instruments. Confess, cortex, you recorded this and then asked uncleozzy to request it. Very nice version.

Also, if a mod comes around, ask him to add the "requests" tag.
posted by micayetoca at 10:15 AM on November 19, 2008

posted by Jofus at 10:19 AM on November 19, 2008


I think I turned around matthewchen is spamming in comparable time, and that was an original composition, so this probably isn't a record-breaker.
posted by cortex at 10:37 AM on November 19, 2008

Your voice has a certain, definite, corn muffin quality. Not a pone, mind you, not quite. A square of johnny cake, dry and warm.

Beautifully done.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:49 AM on November 19, 2008

plz to check etymology/variants of "johnny cake" for max lulz.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:54 AM on November 19, 2008

A real on-the-nose cornpone bluegrass vocal is something that will always be lurking tantalizing out of my reach. I can manage a bit of high and lonesome and tenor, but I'll always wish I could get higher, lonesomer, tenorer.

But I'll never be able to pull of Scruggs pick-and-roll stuff either. I'm stuck here with my weird makeshift ceruleangrass, I guess.

One thing that occurred to me is that this done at half speed could work as a Springsteen track, like something off of Nebraska.
posted by cortex at 10:57 AM on November 19, 2008

Fucking perfect. This no-pants workday thing is working out pretty nicely for you, I see! Your voice works so well in the high lonesome harmonies, I think.

I actually have two or three aborted attempts at Faithfully; maybe I'll add the banjo and see how that goes. I love Journey a little bit too much.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:04 AM on November 19, 2008

I'll never be able to pull of Scruggs pick-and-roll stuff either

Me neither. It's like my right-hand fingers are powered by faulty hydraulics. I don't think I'd do much better playing left-handed, either (even though I'm a natural lefty).
posted by uncleozzy at 11:05 AM on November 19, 2008

[this is awesome]
posted by waraw at 11:10 AM on November 19, 2008

My roommate loves Journey, I've never really cared for em too much (except drunkingly singing that "Don't stop Believin" song) but that's besides the point because this is some good shit. Nice harmonies too.
posted by BrnP84 at 2:01 PM on November 19, 2008

Next up on the Johnny Cash Show... It's CORRRRTEEEEEXXX!!!!!!!

That was a tall order man, and you rocked it! Here's to you.

*tips up mason jar*
posted by snsranch at 5:03 PM on November 19, 2008

Good one Cortex :)
posted by doctor_negative at 6:01 PM on November 19, 2008

This almost made me like a Journey song.
posted by sleepy pete at 6:15 PM on November 19, 2008

Fucking fantastic! This record did nothing to me, except make me smile jealously.
posted by dagosto at 3:19 AM on November 20, 2008

Harmonious, cheerful and relaxed - thanks.
posted by spherical_perceptions at 10:47 AM on November 20, 2008

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