Introducing Joe Strange

Who played chromatic harmonica on the title track of my EP ‘Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky’.

Joe is an accomplished singer/songwriter in the classic Americana mould with a soulful voice and great, understated guitar chops.

His latest album, A History Of Birds, is well worth your time and available from all good (and evil) record stores and it’s follow up is already in the works.

Check out his website or say hi on the book of face, and be sure to catch him live if you’re ever in Nottingham.

My EP is available on Bandcamp (check out the ’25% off’ digital bundle) iTunesAmazon UKAmazon USSpotifyCD Baby, Soundcloud and Google Play.

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New Song: You Know What We Need

The strongest person is the one who knows they’re weak
EveryONE Is Broken aka The basement is where the real church gets done
Download     mp3 demo     Chords (pdf)

This song was frankensteined together during FAWM 2016 from various song corpses. I had two sets of lyrics called 12 Step Religion and God Doesn’t Love Me Anymore and I bolted them to a chorus called You Know What We Need (written in 2012) and Major 6th Melody (written in 2011) became the verse. The only problem was both the chorus and the verse came with their own pre-choruses attached and neither one fitted the opposite section. But the pre choruses did work together. So this song has two – the “strongest person” pre-chorus and the “lost sheep” pre chorus.

I really like the way the lyrics just lazily run on especially the ‘Joseph’ part that just carries on into the pre-chorus. I also enjoyed the key changes I put in the bridge. I’d love to hear a children’s choir singing that one day…

Jesus in the basement working through the 12 steps
While up in the sanctuary someone records a worship CD
Down in the basement, Gloria is telling us when
She last took a drink and John says, “I think
The strongest person is the one who knows they’re weak”
And Davey, who keeps shaking and white-knuckling his seat, whispers
“Lost sheep don’t want to be found,
No matter how sweet Amazing Grace sounds

But you know what we need
You know what we need
You know what we really need”

Jesus in the basement gives away his last cigarette
To the girl with no teeth who’s been clean for three weeks
While in the basement Joseph confesses he slept
With a guy for some coke but he still ends with a joke
About a nun that had some point that I forget.
I feel the fear and panic slowly coiling round my chest.
When the prodigal son makes it home
Can he live with himself and the damage he’s done?

You know what we need…

God doesn’t love us,
God doesn’t love us any more,
God doesn’t love us,
God doesn’t love us any less than before

You know what we need…

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Music Theory Primer

Here’s a very dense music theory primer. He really packs the info in so you might need to watch through a few times and, of course, pick up your guitar and play everything till you get it under your fingers.

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Introducing Lisa de’ Ville

Who sang backing vocals on my EP ‘Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky’.

Lisa is a great vocalist, songwriter and singing teacher who is working on a new album as we speak. Check out her ‘alternate-tuning driven’ ‘epic folk’ music here and listen to an interview and live session she did on The Proc-Cast here

Check out her on Soundcloud or just say hi on Facebook.

My EP is available on Bandcamp (check out the ’25% off’ digital bundle) iTunesAmazon UKAmazon USSpotifyCD Baby, Soundcloud and Google Play.

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Introducing Mark Nelson

…who mixed and mastered my new record ‘Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky‘ (he produced my first EP too!). You can hear also hear his awesome drumming work on ‘Fingernails’.

Not content with manning boards and bashing skins, modern day renaissance man Mark is a gifted photographer, videographer and lectures on sound recording. He drums for and produces heavy metal founding fathers Savage and he’s also a singer and guitarist fronting his own band Amazing Planes.

Check out his photograpy here, Amazing Planes here and Savage here. Contact him here for recording work.

My EP is available on Bandcamp (check out the ’25% off’ digital bundle) iTunesAmazon UKAmazon USSpotifyCD Baby, Soundcloud and Google Play.

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