How I recorded “The Road Out of Here”
â€œThe Road Out of Hereâ€ is inspired by Bob Dylan and Jackson Browneâ€”I think of â€œHighway 61 Revisitedâ€ by the former and â€œRedneck Friendâ€ from the latter. In style and to some extent theme (one verse is about lyinâ€™ and cheatinâ€™) itâ€™s some kind of…
The Harps and Gear I used on “Orphan Black”
“Orphan Black” is the theme song for the BBC series of the same name (which is about a bunch of clones, in case you didn’t know). The piece was written and produced by Amon Tobin, who (if you’ve heard the original) is pretty deep into…
The harps and gear I used on “Double Lucky”
As a rule, most of the pieces on “The Lucky One” have somewhere between three and five harmonica parts in the mix. “Double Lucky” is an exception, with only two harps, and I think its simplicity makes it a good place to start my series…
“The Lucky One” is here! Check out the songs!
Richard Hunter has released â€œThe Lucky One,â€ the groundbreaking 21st century rock harmonica record. The 13 songs on this record, including ten originals plus covers of Morphineâ€™s â€œEarly to Bed,â€ Amon Tobinâ€™s â€œOrphan Black,â€ and ? (Question Mark) and the Mysteriansâ€™s â€œ96 Tearsâ€, are full on rockers with a unique sound driven by layers of amped-up effected harmonicas. This record establishes entirely new roles for the harmonica in a rock band, and the result is a big new sound and new life for the instrument.
25 days to the release of “The Lucky One” (Mid-April)
My 21st century rock harmonica record “The Lucky One” has been mixed and mastered, and we’re down to graphics, pressing, and shipping. Graphics will be finished this weekend. After that, it’ll take 5-10 days to make the CDs and another 5-10 days to ship to…
How I Recorded “The Lucky One”
I’m planning to do a series of posts describing the specific sounds and techniques I used to record every song on “The Lucky One,” and I thought I’d start out by laying out the overall process that took this record from idea to finished recording.
RIP Toots Thielemans
I learned a few minutes ago that Toots Thielemans died at the age of 94. It’s impossible to overstate how important Toots is and was to the development of modern harmonica styles. If you play chromatic harmonica, you had to decide whether you were going…
Harmonica Master Boris Plotnikov is Teaching in Denver on June 15!
We saw a post recently on harp-L about Boris Plotnikov teaching a harmonica master class in Denver on June 15. Boris originally hails from Yekaterinburg, Russia, and it’s pretty rare that he sets foot in the USA, so this is a great opportunity for anyone…
Video of the Day 20 May 2015: Hermine Deurloo, Zanzibar
Keepers of the Streak Part 2
I reported on this blog not long ago about a session I did for an ESPN movie called “Keepers of the Streak.” I spent Christmas in Idaho, and not long after I arrived there I got a call for a second session for this movie….
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