- When I lived in Mount Airy I played in a fun little band called Mediocre Bad Guys. It was a blast.
- On a number of occasions we shared the stage with the late Bobby Keys.
- While we mostly covered songs, we eventually started writing our own stuff, and it was pretty good.
- Earlier this year, MBG released their first CD of all-original tunes, of which I managed to show up on most.
And now, the latest news from the band I no longer play with but still think very fondly of: this past week that album was released digitally - specifically on iTunes, Spotify and Amazonmp3. Before it was only available in CD form, and there weren't many to be had. Now it's just a streaming/download away.
A few quick thoughts about some of the songs:
Gonna Get It Right - this was Doug's first contribution to the band. Doug was always keen on writing songs that best fit Les' voice, and that's certainly the case here.
The Dance - my contribution to the group. A more ballad-style version of this song showed up on my 2011 "Let Go" release, but we amped it up with the full band ala Jayhawks and it worked great. Fun note: we went all "Bohemian Rhapsody" on the aaahs, where each band member recorded all vocal parts. It's a chorus of twelve you're hearing there!
Carolina Sky - playing this live I'd pull out the accordion, but multiple takes in the studio made me realize how blasted heavy that thing is. You'll hear it very quietly in the bridge, but Nate's slide guitar rightfully took center stage.
Cold Comfort - A co-write with Doug, which meant I came up with a skimpy idea and Doug took it and actually made it good. This song was always hard to play live - somehow it didn't come across with the same electricity. But it was still fun to jam on.
Virginia Virginia - Jerry nailed a great "summer vibe" with this tune.
How Do I Get Here - from the very first time we ran through this tune, to the very last time I played it with the band, my favorite recording on the album and my favorite song to play, hands down.
So, have at it! iTunes HERE, Amazonmp3.com HERE, and Spotify below. Enjoy the sound of bad being good!