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Live From Tangled Wire Studio: “Lice Fight” and “Cockroach Serenade”

I’ve added a couple of new songs to my collection, “Live from Tangled Wire Studios: Improvised Jams” The songs, recorded last week feature Noel Williams on keyboards, Stony Bruce on Guitar, Terry Jimmy Walters, Jr on drums and your truly on Bass. These songs were spontaneous and fun to play. As for the titles, they too were improvised at the time of our recording. Like the other material I post, they are free to download. Enjoy!

New Song: Got To Be Some Kind of Way Out of Here

This recording was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to do a live recording with my resonator guitar using my low budget Shure mic copies GLS EL57 (Guitar mic) and GLS EL58 (Vocal mic). Technically, the recording has some flaws, but I added this track because of its stripped down “real” feeling. As usual, this is a free download.

Recording Spotlight: Thrift Store Scores

Hello. My name is Marwood W. And I am a Thrift Store Addict….

Thrift Stores can be a great resource for the self-recording musician. I have found some wonderful treasures rummaging through thrift stores in the Seattle area. Aside from finding useful cables and patch cords for dirt cheap, (For example, Monster Cable products for under a buck.) I have found some other gems that have helped me in my music creating process.

Here’s a breakdown of some of my favorite Thrift Store Scores:

I found this 1960’s or 1970’s “Granada” Japanese made Classical Guitar for under $25.00 at a local Goodwill Store. After replacing the old and mismatched tuning pegs and strings, I ended up with a very playable and good sounding gut string guitar for under $50.00.

Next on my score list is this basic mountain dulcimer I picked up for about $20.00. When I bought it, the thrift store clerk asked, “You want to buy that musical thingy?” While he didn’t know what the instrument was, I knew I found a gem. This dulcimer is not much to look at – in fact, I suspect it was a kit that someone put together. The inside label reads, “Hughes Dulcimer Co. Denver Colorado” with a date stamp of March 20th, 1981. I really enjoy the “droning” sound this produces. Keep a look out for Check out my song, “D-Day,” (which I hope to release very soon) to hear it in action.

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