Neville Anderson's 'Old Country's New Clothes' is out.
12th September 2019
Recording and mixing/mastering wrapped a couple of months back now, but the album is out now and ready for your consumption.
This is a collection of proper country ballads from the pen and voice of a true stalwart of the genre. The main difference here, some might find, was the backing track style which is undoubtedly beefier than most country releases.
Neville was keen to experiment a make a decisive move away from his previous albums and allow whatever we got up to in the studio take it's natural course. I must say it was a pleasure to tackle such a thing. I feel some original outcomes were gained along the way while staying true to the songs Neville wrote. The opening track 'Blues Come Down' and the title cut certainly demonstrate this approach. Others songs, such as the more progressive sounding 'Charcoal Hearts' delved a tad deeper into production ideas and approaches whilst still remaining faithful to the concept of a 'bush ballad'.
The album features Ronny Rindo, as ever, on the drums, Paul Owen on bass, the legendary Peter 'Flash' Sheedy guesting on steel guitar and the equally infamous Tracey Coster dueting on one tune, and lending backing vocals on a couple of others. Ex-Celibate Rifle (ROCK AND ROLL!) bassist Mikey Couvret stepped out on banjo for the very first time in his career. I, (Leigh Ivin) did my usual tricks on guitars and steels, plus a few other minor touches on piano, uke and banjo in addition to twiddling the knobs and making my ears tired.
Also a first for the Vale will be the entry of this fine record in the golden guitar awards for 2020. We cannot quite decide if the album is "Alt" or "traditional".
Look out for it - http://www.nevilleanderson.com.au/
Neville Anderson's next album in the works
17 March 2019
It's been a threat for some time - Neville Anderson - true cowboy, country gent, landcruiser drivin' Martin guitar pickin', Golden Guitar winning, ten gallon hat wearin', honky-tonk human-jukebox - was gonna make an album with me. He said he wanted to go to the left-of-centre. I'm happy to say that all this has occurred and Vale Sound is now into the overdubbing stages of what will be a terrific, if not slightly different country music album.
Nev is fine songwriter. He has that rare ability - certainly elusive to me - in which he can tell an emotive and insightful tale whilst staying rooted in a traditional and stylish delivery. His songs are often funny, often romantic, a tad wistful and born out of experience. Neville is from the land, not some gated community on the Central Coast. He musters 10,000 head of cattle on 5000 square kilometres of central Australian desert.
Playing on the album is of course Vale landlord and drummer to the best, Ronny Rindo. Paul Owen is on bass and myself twiddling the knobs and strumming the electric guitars and steels. The mission is to keep it simple - which can be tough. Fortunately we did end up with a swag of bed tracks that were perfectly digestible without adding another note.
The album will also feature a few local luminaries, Tracy Coster, Dally Croft as well as old mates Shaun Butcher, Gleny Rae, Toni Swain and ex Celibate Rifle Mikey Couvret steppin out on banjo for the very first time on a recording. The album is also set to feature a truly inspirational album cover. A rarity in the genre and something I am looking forward to with glee.
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9 Dec 2018
Lilith Shrugs - almost upon us
11 April 2018
Seems a long while since an update... and so it is... but the new album from Jackie Marshall is almost in the can with the last mix underway right now. I found some photos the other day dated circa 2014 and also depicting the previous Soundcraft console incarnation of the studio with Mel Fraser nursing a J-basss - so it must be true that this album is nearly 4 years in the making.
I remember going through the demo disc that Jackie sent me with some 20 or more songs on it. From memory I picked around half of them.
There's been a lot of events transpire in that time - JM's third battle with the Big C being one of them - her ongoing battles with some real-life human demons being another. The studio itself was completely re-bored in 2015, not to mention an additional 5 albums were recorded or mixed in that time - (see older blog entries).
The big news for me, however, is that mastering with be done with Jon Astley in Twickenham on the 3rd of May. It's an option I've considered previously, but that would've required a special trip to the UK to pull it off. As luck would have it, I didn't need to plan anything.. it just happened. The stars aligned.
Jon's mastering CV is impressive. Have a look -
Being a triple black belt Who fan certainly guilds this particular lily for me, but I dare say I'll report more once the deed is dome. It is the first time in nearly a quarter of a century I wont have my friend and mastering wizard Michael Lynch on board at Shoehorse Sound. As an extra added bonus, the vinyl mastering is being carried out at the legendary Abbey Road, also in London... as I'm sure most of you would know.
I feel really good about this album. We did whatever we wanted to do. No particular concessions have been made to any commercial interest or other such leaning. We've always talked about the material as "art". Hopefully, the music has been rendered as such. I'm very proud of the work and very honoured to have been entrusted with it's production and rendering. I feel it contains some of the better ideas and playing I've come up with thus far.
But of course, nothing would be being spoken of here had not Jackie used her customary cathartic know how with guitar, pen and pipes. I love you. Thanks be also to my dear friend Ronny Rindo who played amazingly on this album. Praise be to Mel Fraser, Adam Bodkinfor their steller work during the tracking sessions, legends also are Raychel Stone, Roz Papparlardo and Jeff Lovejoy during the Brisbane overdub sessions.
All Hail. Stay tuned.