Danny Young 1941-2008

Danny Young passed away yesterday at 4:42 PM in Austin, Texas. Danny is a significant person in the South Texas Stomp saga because it was his place, Young’s Pizza, that gave birth to Scurvy Otto and the Rickets and because he was a fixture in my and Kaye’s life at the Methodist church in Kingsville. The Rickets played their first gig on the patio of Young’s Pizza on Halloween 1983. Scott Conard, the owner of Young’s after Danny left for Austin, gave us the break and was a close friend of Danny’s.

I had talked to Danny just before heading out to London and was looking forward to his reaction to what we’ve created. I think he would have enjoyed it.

There is more posted about Danny at this link

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Finished Mixing!

We finally finished the mixes yesterday. Next is to look at mastering and artwork for the CDs. You can listen to the final mixes (for this album) at this link.

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Near The Finish Line

We almost have all the songs mixed. 2 more to go after I proof the current song (Girl At The Sidewalk Cafe) in my truck. Les and I have made steady progress towards a cohesive final mix but it ain’t over till it’s over.

I’ve been posting studio session notes at  http://music.emr7.com/FromAustinToAbbeyRoad/  along with preview songs. Check the site out when you have a chance.

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Mixing Sessions Ahoy!

We’ve got our mixing sessions setup at 5AM Studios where will tackle pulling all the song material from Abbey Road (8 songs!) and Austin (another 8 songs!) into one complete CD. The first mixing session starts on Sunday, July 20th through Wednesday, July 23rd. Many more sessions will be needed as we wrestle this beast into submission.

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Back in Texas

Finally back in Austin and I finally remembered my password in order to post this followup. We had a blast! Thanks to Kaye, Cy, Robert, Bobby, Veg, and Alan for an amazing 3 days!

Just for grins, I’ll give a sneak peak of a rough mix of one of the songs we did - Burnout / Revolution (copyright Ed Robinson). Remember, it’s not the final version. All for now.

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Day 3

Start of the third day here at Abbey Road. We’re ahead of schedule so we may get to play around later today. But first, we finish tracking “From Austin To Abbey Road” which means vocals, drums, piano, and maybe a little Hammond organ. It’s been a blast and I think today should just be a laid back warm glow finish to the whole event. Tomorrow we’ll chill and celebrate and probably listen to the rough mixes a ridiculous number of times.

My brain is packed full of information and I doubt it will all stay in there. Our assistant engineer, Pete, told me a story about his first day. An old timer told him to write down everything that happened that day because he wouldn’t remember it. He didn’t write it down so the only thing he remembers about the day was the advice. Ironic, eh? Thankfully and courtesy of Cy and Robert, I have the recorded version of our first, second, and third day at the studio.

[side note: Ken Scott just walked in during our break. Cool.]

I just played all three pianos on “From Austin To Abbey Road” ending on a long sustained “A” chord. It’s cheeky but I’m having the time of my life.

Oh yeah, Happy Fourth of July!

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