In December, Kayce and I started writing a song together and never had a chance for it to come to formation. Everything was written but nothing was recorded. A few months later, this song popped into my head and I decided to build the song stipulations for April around this song so it would see the light of day. The genre was bluegrass (at least once a year we do some version of country) and the subject was "the unintended consequences of alcohol." They kinda go hand in hand, right? Right.
Anyways! Have a listen to the songs and vote for your favorite below!
Danny Imig - Whiskey Dick
My comments: As always, Danny has a great lyrical pun in this song. I wouldn't want to drink with Richard either, from the sounds of it. It has a great authentic sound and keeping with the style, goes into solos for banjo, mandolin ("Yeah, I suck a mandolin too!" lol) and guitar for a large chunk of the song. All in all, it is a well done, funny and true to style song. Well done as always!
Kayce Kelly and Brian Salapek - Farmer Brown (ft. Trever Wilkins)
My comments: I wrote above how the whole month was worked around this song in particular. Kayce and I weren't able to get together during the month so we worked things out through e-mail and texting. I recorded all the music, minus the guitar solo which was done by my cousin Trever Wilkins (Thanks Trever!) and Kayce did the vocals and the harmonica. We went for a Johnny Cash sound, which isn't bluegrass at all, but works great with how Kayce sings. I am very happy with the song.
Rene Zansman - Lottery Ticket
My comments: Rene really dives into the "unintended consequences" with this tale of his. First there is a butt tattoo but soon the lottery is won and all is well. But that begs the question, is having a butt tattoo worth winning $100? That is the question of the century. ANYWAYS! Like my (our) song, Rene doesn't really hit the bluegrass style. It's not a bad thing, Rene does his version of pop punk songs well. This one has a mix of folk in there and a plucky keyboard (banjo setting?). I would have liked to have the keyboard playing something a little more intricate. Either way, Rene did a good job.