Bring It On Home To Me

Bring_it_On_Home_CookeHere is the classic Sam Cooke tune, Bring It On Home To Me, sung masterfully by Rick Davie and played by the “B” Side Champs. Recorded live off the floor at our secret and undisclosed

I’m posting this on May 15th, the day after the passing of great BB King. As I listened to the mix I’m reminded of how influenced I am by BB’s vibrato and phrasing. BB came up listening to the call and response of the church and cotton field and he listened to horn players. I can hear those influences echoed in my solo on this track. Thanks BB.

Rick Davie – Vocals
Gary Brenner – Keys
Carl Strempler – Guitar
Rob Smith – Bass
Ted Wolstencroft – Drums
Deano Dean – Tenor Sax
Dave Pletz – Alto Sax
Andrew Littleford – Trumpet
Jon Amadatsu – Trombone

Treat Her Right Revisited

IMG_1132The “B” Side Champs have evolved quite a bit since I posted our first version of Treat Her Right in the fall of 2014. We are now a 10-piece band with a 4-piece horn section.

We’ve been working on some recordings of our tunes live off the floor of our practice space so here is Treat Her Right with the full horns. The rhythm guitar riff is done with my Telecaster into the Divided By 13 FTR37 live off the floor with the band. I then overdubbed the solo in my home studio using my Gretsch 6118 with a boost into the Swart Atomic Space Tone amp. Its amazing how much little gain you need to create a very distorted sound on a recording. One of the secrets of getting a very hard hitting lead sound is to turn down your gain, give the guitar room to breathe and allow for dynamics. Cleaner is meaner!

Rhythm Guitar: Fender Telecaster with OC Duff Whiteguard pickups -> Durham Sexdrive -> Divided By 13 Amp
Lead Guitar: Gretsch 6118 with TV Jones Filtertron Classics -> Diamond Boost EQ -> Swart AST

Rick Davie – Vocals
Gary Brenner – Keys
Carl Strempler – Guitar
Rob Smith – Bass
Ted Wolstencroft – Drums
Deano Dean – Tenor Sax
Dave Pletz – Alto Sax
Andrew Littleford – Trumpet
Jon Amadatsu – Trombone
Ken Krotowich –┬áPercussion

I Thank You

Antigua Tele UpgradedFinally the “B” Side Champs project guitar is ready to roll. Starting with a rare Fender MIM Antigua finished tele the fun customizations began. It has custom wound O.C. Duff Whiteguard pickups in it, a brass compensated Joe Barden bridge, reversed wiring so the volume is up front, new locking Sperzel tuners, and a Ilitch Electronics noise cancelling coil. It’s a silent tele!

Here is the first track I’ve recorded with it. The great David Porter and Isaac Hayes soul classic, I Thank You, played here by the “B” Side Champs.