Saturday, April 21, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Well instead of wallowing in my frustration? (which should of been relief. I went straight to the studio and recorded vocals for two songs for the NEXT EP Volume 3 which is to be released June 1st 2018
Listening to the third track the drums were not recorded well, so we have to record this song over again.
Again don't forget May 1st, EP Volume No. 2 "A Tribute to Rory Gallagher" will be available to purchase.
We are taking pre-orders on our website. We will have some at the Southeast Iowa Blues Society Member Appreciation Celebration in Fairfield Iowa this Saturday April 21st, come on down and listen to Bluzillion and Tony Blew play some great blues.
Don't forget about the upcoming shows we have the first being in Ft. Madison 2:30pm at Vinnie's Longbranch in support of the RiverFest and the Battle for The Charities.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
When I was a young lad, I was totally interested in music, as I grew older I remember there was an album by Aldo Nova called "Fantasy" and I remember Aldo Nova on some late night news clip or magazine interview talking about how he played all of the instruments on this album.
It fascinated me that he could record everything himself. I was unaware that it was even possible. Fast forward a few years later, I receive a Guitar Player or similar magazine with a Flexible Record in it and it contained a song called, "Blue Powder" by Steve Vai, and it blew my mind as I read the interview on how he built his first studio.
Steve Vai was always able to share knowledge in a way that allowed even the teenager mind to understand that its possible to record music themselves.
Before I get too far off track. What do you need to do to start your own production? Well you have to have access to recording equipment (a laptop and a microphone and mixer/interface) You need someone to make noise to record (hopefully that is you). Now the rest of it is where it can become a rabbit hole.
Don't worry about how good your mics are or your space or your recording medium. What's important is your desire to continue to learn. Educate yourself on four very important aspects.
1. Songwriting and Song Structure
2. Recording, Mixing, Mastering & Duplication Processes
3. Copyright, Publishing, Distribution & Marketing Techniques.
4. Business Administration, Company Ownership Structure, Taxes, Inventory Control, Income Management, Expense Management
Now you may say Jp that.is a lot more than four things. well it is... but In all reality those three areas are what's necessary to know if you are going to SELF-PRODUCE a record.
I am not in this short blog post going to teach all of these areas. But I am going to try to pick each one of these areas over the next few months and delve deeper into them. I will try to give you some resources that were helpful to me over the past three decades of studying the music business.
You see one of the issues that many musicians have is that if they are not a big star then they are not successful. However that is wrong way to look are you current situation. And comparing yourself to (insert favorite artist) and thinking you are not ready to learn about these things is incorrect.
NOW at whatever level in music business you are at is the time to began learning your craft. Steve Vai whom is my hero on a business level more so than on a guitar player level. Made it clear that he took to heart the words of Frank Zappa on the music business. I also listened to these words that cme through in interviews both in print and later on the internet.
You have to look at music as James Brown said. It is NOT the music business, its music AND business. Whether you are trying to sell 1,000 copies of a single or 1,000,000 copies of an album. The process is the same. I hope to shed some light on any of you who might be interested in truly working on your career, something I have been doing everyday for 2-1/2 decades.
Until next week...
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
But one of the biggest changes, was Jp traded (for this session) his Ibanez Universe 7 String for an Ibanez 6 String Tallman Guitar. Who knew the 7-String Heavy Bluesman could have a softer side.
Jp stated, " I was trying to put a LIMITATION" on myself. First couple takes I played finger style, but the band couldn't bite into it. So he switched to a dunlop pick. This brought out attack, and also gave the guitar some string buzz to make it sound a bit more authentic. I am not trying to recreate the sound, but rather I am trying to get inspired by the era authenticity."
I am a child of 60's meaning I was born in the 60's. I feel like I was born during the time of music prolifercation. When I was young Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits turned on our record player for hours on end.
As I grew older I became influenced by the great guitarists who came on the scene 1965-1969. Of those great guitarist Rory Gallagher was one who just blew my mind.
So when I decided to record an EP I decided it would affectionately and simply be called.
John-Paul Jones Group
EP Volume No.2
A Tribute To Rory Gallagher
I picked three Rory Gallagher songs to record on this album. I picked three songs that mean something to me.
I recorded Cradle Rock because of the power in the riff and the vocal. And in my interpretation the lyrics are about others accepting you for who you are and letting you be who you are.
I recorded Laundromat because when I was young I spent a lot of time in laundromats. I was poor and had to make do at different times. I had friends we would meet up at the laundromat, it hails to a simpler time in my life.
Shadow play made it to the EP because it was one of Rory's songs that was part fantasy part progressive blues. I just love the song.
I am by no means a Rory Gallagher clone... Rory was one of a kind.
The musicians on the EP are long time John-Paul Jones Group bassist Sally Henry and Housecoat drummer Don Brown
Sally's bass playing is awesome and pays great tribute to original bass lines on the original tunes.
I want everyone to like our recorded versions. But we also want to make sure that you make this a stepping stone to learning more about the great artist Rory Gallagher.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
THE JOHN-PAUL JONES GROUP EP IS MIXED!
I spent the better part of 7pm to 2am mixing this upcoming EP then of course I had to burn to a CD drive for a 1/2 hour to listen to the tracks.
I cant tell you the songs yet. Its a surprise. But I have to thank Sally Henry, Don Brown and my manager Heather for their grear support.
I can wait to hear it after its mastered. I will have a sampler CD at the Southeast Iowa Blues Society Member Appreciation that I am giving away, in exchange for joining our mailing list.
Or you can get this CD on our website.
Its been a long road to get to this point. But I believe this EP will be ready on schedule by May 1st 2018.
Thanks to all our fans on and offline for your support.