Studio Time and New EP

Greetings!

So a couple of months ago, Clint Singleton, Jacob Patillo and myself locked ourselves in a studio in Alabama and recorded six original songs.

We arrived around 4 pm, setup our gear, worked out some audio kinks and started recording instruments and scratch vocals. We all crashed on site and started the vocal sessions not long after 8 am. By 1 pm, we had the vox and overdubs (what few there were Рmainly perc) on lock and ready for mixing.

It was a great time of collaboration and creation and it definitely ranks as one of – if not THE – best recording session I have been a part of. I’m so proud of what we accomplished that day and since with post production and design. Fun fact – the cover was designed to be a 10′ vinyl. It’ll be a while before we can make that happen but we made sure it will look good when it does :).

So here it is! The debut EP from The Carolina Stomp, an Americana/Alternative Country trio.

Check out the tracks and, if you dig ’em, head over to your favorite download/streaming service and look us up. Then, share it!

Sunsets and Starlight on the Radio!

Hey everybody! I hope this quick little post finds you well. I also hope I can make the day even better for you ūüôā

A little over a year ago, I wrote this little ditty called Sunsets and Starlight. It was inspired by a beautiful time-laps nature video. Even though its¬†released version isn’t the most polished, it has actually seen air time on a couple of European radio stations! Crazy, huh?

See you soon,
CHo

InstaGroove in 7/8 – Interactive!

Today I pushed out a new video to my¬†YouTube¬†channel (it hit my Instagram, too, officially making it an #instagroove). I’ve done several of these short, improvised groove videos but this one is a little unique. It’s got me all giddy and stuff.

On instagram, you will see the 15 second clip of the longer (1:15) video from¬†YouTube. It’s a little ditty in an odd time signature – you guessed it, 7/8 – that I played while I was setting up to write. It wouldn’t leave me alone. It just kept creeping between my fingers and bass strings.¬†So, I laid it down and threw¬†some drums on top of it. Then I got to thinking… If I put this out and make it available for people to add to and play along with, would anybody do it? If so,¬†how awesome could someone – or a bunch of someones – make this sleepy little groove?

So I decided to do an experiment. A collaboration experiment. Not just to see if you guys would help but to see what we could create together.

I posted three versions of the InstaGroove in 7/8 track¬†to a Soundcloud playlist. One is straight bass and drums, one is click (panned Left) and bass (panned Right), and one is click (panned Left)¬†bass and drums (panned Right). They are all downloadable. My hope is that you guys¬†will grab ahold of it, make it your¬†own and pass it on for the next musician, singer, rapper, or whatever. The beauty of it is that anyone can jump in at any level and take it in a new¬†direction! It can split into so many unique projects (and that’s before anyone starts manipulating the original file (looping, cutting, reversing, etc.). Put that in the mix and fughetaboutit.

So what do you say? Wanna be a part of it? Wanna see how this little one minute groove can grow and what it can become? I’d love to have you on board! Here’s what you do –

1) Download the track(s) from Soundcloud.

2) Put it in your preferred software and record your part to it.

3) Make that downloadable on Soundcloud and hashtag it #78InstaGroove

4) Put the audio to a video or image and upload it to YouTube with the #78InstaGroove hashtag

Something like this:

 


That’s it. Also, if you need a file a different way so you can use it, let me know and I will help, if I can.

I can’t wait to see what you guys will come up with!

Now Offering…

I’m so happy to announce that I am now offering custom bass tracks! For a reasonable price, I can record isolated bass lines for any song and deliver those tracks via wav or aiff.¬†Pricing is available on a per song (or project) basis and turnaround is quick (usually 1-3 days).

Electric or Upright bass.
Any Genre.

For more info and a complete quote, click here.

Visit the Custom Bass Tracks page here.

Finally (Almost) Settled

I remember a stint where my wife and I moved at least once a year. One year, we moved twice and the second time involved a state change (it was our first move to Atlanta). I don’t remember it being quite as draining as this move has been. Of course, we were sans child and, gulp, younger. While a small human tagalong (I mean, we had to let him come) did slow us a bit, it was mainly the godawful work schedule that (spanned two states) I had to maintain during the transition. I had a lot of fun, sure, just not a lot of sleep. I did, however, get to hang out with a lot of amazing musicians. I played some jazz with my good friend and mentor, Brett Smith (pianist +¬†writer + leadership guru + entrepreneur). We played some standards for the amazing cats out at the G.W. Carver Museum. I was also blessed enough be asked to play for Wiregrass Church’s Walking Wisely Weekend. A two night, high energy, melt faces kind of show for a room full of teenagers. One of those weekends you leave stage feeling exhausted and pumped up all at the same time. It also helped that I was joining musicians like Jacob Patillo, Clint Singleton and Jesse Davidson.

Anytime I wasn’t on stage in Dothan, I was in Atlanta (Thank God for a Prius, that’s all I can say) working and meeting with production teams in local churches. Most of the back and forth is over now and we are settling in to our new home. We are, almost, unpacked.

It’s so great to be back in the Atlanta area and back in the world of freelance. Two things I have missed dearly over the last few years. As things calm down, I look forward to getting my writing routine in place and, hopefully, bringing The Carolina Stomp into the area for some shows!

It’s gonna be a great year! See you around!

InstaGrooves

One of my favorite things I did last year was post a couple quick grooves to my Instagram. I’m hoping to do a few more this year maybe even with some other players involved. Here’s both of the 2014 Instagrooves.

 

Here’s a little #instagroove for you. There’s a longer clip on my FB page ( facebook.com/CHodgesmusic).

A video posted by Chris Hodges (@mrchrishodges) on

A little #instagroove to start your day. #jam #groove #music #warriorbass #daddario

A video posted by Chris Hodges (@mrchrishodges) on

And So We Begin…Again

If you have been following me for the last several years or reading my blogs or visiting my websites (my home site or my now retired blog, Shagtastic Voyage), I want to say thank you. If this is your first visit, welcome!

A couple of weeks ago, some malware was implanted onto my sit. Consequently, I had to purge and, basically, re-launch both my blog and main website. While I was at it, I got to thinking… Instead of restoring the whole kit and caboodle from a backup, why not use this opportunity to¬†really re-launch? So, I have, partially out of necessity, removed every post, picture, file, etc. and decided not to restore the content but to start over completely from scratch. I figure why not, right? It’s a new year…Let’s do this!

So, if you are here for the first time or the 100th, thanks for stopping by. Please hang in there while I rebuild. As I do, though, be sure to stop by my Facebook Page, Twitter, or Instagram and check out what’s going on.

It’s going to be a fun process and a great year!

See you soon!