To Record or not to Record?

Recording music has become an accepted practice since the early 1900’s.  There was once a rather eccentric man in the 1940’s who sought to derail the whole recording industry while it was still in it’s infancy. James Petrillo was a wealthy man who tried using his pool of resources to knock the business of recording music right off it’s tracks. He held the position that music and the pursuits of, would be ruined by a recording industry. I will let the reader form their own opinion as to whether Mr. Petrillo was a lunatic or prescient.

I can however, offer my perspective.  Recording does have a significant influence on who, what, when, where, and why an artist makes music.  So many questions pop up about every little detail of any given song when the record button is hit.  It can be a bit maddening (The post-mixing is the part that really gets to me!).

Nevertheless, I have squeaked out a few recordings over the past few years.  It has taken some real trial and error finding the right fit for each project.  I have to mention here my sincere appreciation to the studio guys who have helped me make my songs into finished product.  I have worked with Chris Bellamy, Cliff Swanhart, Robert Ahrens, Richard Lawton, and most recently Mike Rose, to make my originals into recordings I can be proud of. These guys are some really talented, and patient music-minds.  They not only have to have the technical know-how, but also need to be able to interpret the music in order to record and mix it without losing the “feel”.  I have been fortunate in finding people like this to help bring my songs to new listeners through these recordings. 

There will be a noticeable difference in the overall vibe of each recording and I think that will add flavor to the whole catalog of my original music.  My latest ventures with Mike Rose, at his Audio Farm studio, included a little bonus; he brought in, none other than, Clyde Mattocks, legendary steel guitarist and all around top notch musician from NC.  Clyde was good enough to sprinkle in some tasteful dobro playing and also put on his Producer Hat during mixing.  Always good to have “a little extry” input from a seasoned picker like Mr. Mattocks. 

So now, please sample the downloads available here on my site and enjoy some of my home-grown music! And let’s try not to worry much about Mr. Petrillo’s theory, shall we?

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It’s hard to describe what songwriting feels like. It’s a mysterious balance of imagery, musicianship, and vibe.

It is this very mystery that has drawn me to the idea of songwriting workshops for a while now. Often we can find a little more light being shed on a topic by hearing others simply talk about the same issues we have. Workshops are ideal for this experience. This was reiterated to me recently when I did a workshop in Nashville with legendary songwriter, Verlon Thompson. But we didn’t simply talk about songs, we dissected them and gained nuggets of wisdom on what makes a great song tick.

If I had a desire to do workshops before I went to Verlon’s classes, I was tenfold fired up about the idea afterwards.

So, here in Jacksonville, NC we will have our first Songwriter Showcase and Workshop. This will be ideal for North Carolina Songwriters whether experienced, novice, or even if you’re simply a music enthusiast intrigued by the inner workings of a song.


The events of the day will include:

  • Singer Songwriter Showcase featuring a performance by Chris Bellamy who has had eight #1 hits on Internet radio, as well as being in Artist Development with Silver Buckle Records in Fort Worth, TX.
  • Catered meal and mixer hour to mingle with music industry professionals as well other songwriters.
  • Songwriting exercises with award winning singer songwriter, John Jones.
  • A Songwriter Circle where everyone is encouraged to share their music and get feedback and direction for honing their craft.

Portions of the day’s performances will be recorded for TV and aired on The Earl Jones Music Revue.

I probably don’t have to tell you this kind of event is rare around eastern NC so don’t miss out on this!

In doing a live music segment on FM radio the past few years, I have found there are some very talented singer-songwriters in my home state, NC, and I have a passion for bringing their new music to an audience. So come to this event and let’s all learn together about the art, as well as the business side, of this amazing journey called Songwriting.