Knoxville Girl

February 8, 2010 2:54 PM

The old Murder Ballad.

For this month's "traditional" challenge.

posted by chococat (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:12 PM on February 8, 2010

You have a truly amazing ability to churn out impeccably-produced and performed music. I'm in awe of the quality of this, as always.
posted by ORthey at 7:25 PM on February 8, 2010

I like it! It's pretty jaunty for a murder ballad!
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:19 AM on February 9, 2010

This is great... I really love the slide bit, especially. The vocals are super-wooly... is that from the preamp, or did it happen during the mix, or what?
posted by uncleozzy at 6:18 AM on February 9, 2010

Wonderful. I thought you wrote this, and I was about to post something saying how I'd believe this to be a traditional song if you told me it was, but then I looked it up. I would still believe it if you told me you wrote it.
posted by Corduroy at 7:23 AM on February 9, 2010

That song last year where I killed my daughter was a bit gloomy, so I thought jaunty was the way to go in a song about killing my girlfriend.
Regarding the vox, ya, I was sort of hasty with the EQ and after a very quick master and playing it back on another machine I was too lazy to go back and be all picky with it, as is my usual half-assed work pattern.
(Plus I was in a rush to play at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern here in Toronto last night!)
Sorry, that was shameless but I've been seeing bands there since the 80's and it was pretty cool to be on that stage.
posted by chococat at 7:47 AM on February 9, 2010

Hey this is great man, as always, and congrats on your Horseshoe gig!

(I was really hoping that the Horseshoe link lead to a vid of your performance...)

Maybe next time?
posted by snsranch at 4:17 PM on February 9, 2010

Thanks, snsranch. I was only a sideman in my brother's band; vox and guitars. I'm way to much of a coward to do a solo thing. It was fun nonetheless.
posted by chococat at 5:34 PM on February 9, 2010

Ah, cool beans on the gig!

What I meant about the wooly vox, actually, was that they sound noticeably distorted in a few spots... I was hoping maybe you had some characterful mic pre that put a bit of interesting hair on them. (I'm thinking of adding an SM7b to my rig, but I'll probably need a bit more clean gain than I can get from the built-in preamps I've got, which get kind of noisy above +50dB or so.) ... guess I'll keep looking!
posted by uncleozzy at 5:35 PM on February 9, 2010

At least you got her gold, eh?
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 11:11 PM on February 9, 2010

I went through the exact same thing as Corduroy, I thought it was yours, then I realized there was a "traditional" challenge, but even then I thought, "he could have written it easily". You've really mastered that country sound in guitar. I remember when you started using it I thought you had nailed it perfectly, but there's something to it now that sounds way ahead of how it used to sound.

And yeah, the pristine quality of your recordings always blows my mind. Do you spend a lot of time cleaning the tracks in the computer or do you just record and mix them when you get a take you like?
posted by micayetoca at 5:16 AM on February 13, 2010

Fantastic. This is a song that I've heard so versions of that it's hard to a find a new version that jumps out at me, but you did it. Real nice delivery.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:42 AM on February 20, 2010

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