Hey! I’m working hard in the studio today on what will be track 2 of the next Lives EP. The song is called “Something Easy”. It’s bascially Cate’s only song for the next EP, which is based around Max’s life following book one. I wrote this with Brad Whitley.
The song is a bit different then the first EP. And I think this EP will be more straight up rock ‘n roll then Volume I. The first two songs are going in that direction.
So, “Something Easy” picks up with Cate on the train after leaving Demming. It basically goes through her thought process and how shes just wants life to be easy.
I used my Les Paul and Les Paul Jr. exclusively on this track. Plugged into my Marshall amp on the clean channel and driven hard to overdrive it. So it’s not a distortion as much as a nice clean overdive. I have a Marshall JTM60, with and extension cabinet. So I mic’d the amp with an SM57 and an MXL V63M, the extension cab got a MXL 1006, and then I used an MXL991 pencil mic about 4 feet from the amp directly in front for some room ambience. So each take was four tracks. I used the Les Paul for the rhythm tracks left and right, as well as the lead, on the neck pickup. For the intro and chorus guitar tag line, i used my Les Paul Jr. Gave it a slightly different tone to help it stand out in the track. The lead was on the Les Paul, with the Amp on the lead channel and really driving it hard, and using the neck pickup. Gave it a nice round tone.
The bass went direct as well as through my Hartke amp which i mic’d with a kick drum mic for a nice thick sound. The drums were fun to play on this one. A very open losse sound on them. Not processed at all. Just a bit of the room mic for some life.
Vocally, i went into my Sterling Audio ST65 tube mic, through a tube pre-amp, into my dbx 166XL for some light compression and then a little more in the box, a little delay and thats about it. Vocals are very clean, and nearly dry. I LOVE the way this mic makes my voice sound.
So, all thats really left to do is get the keys laid down. Lee J. Turner is going to be doing the keys. Lee lives in Nashville and is a good friend of mine who has played with many top names. He’s currently touring with Darius Rucker. Lee played keys on “Make A Mistake With Me” off the first Lives EP. I love his style and that he has real vintage Hammond and Wurlitzer organs. The sound cant be beat.
So once the keys are down, it’ll be done. Then just a good mix and we are set!
OK, well thats about it. I’ll be working on After Farewell a lot this weekend, so I’ll hopefully have some more detail for you on that in a few days!
Thanks for reading!