Three-Part Harmony, Oh How Sweet To Me!

Murphy HenryHi all. Just walked back in the door from a lightning fast trip to Nashville which I made right after we shot most of the Slow Jam DVD. I rode over with Casey on Sunday (we did crosswords and listened to books on tape) and flew back today (Tuesday). Red picked me up at Baltimore’s BWI airport and after a quick two-hour ride home, here I am once more in front of the computer. Casey indicated in her blog today that I’d be telling you about some equipment problems during the shoot (read: banjo developed buzzing string necessitating a bridge replacement), but that will have to wait for another day.

I will tell you that one of the unexpected joys of recording the Slow Jam DVD was the three-part harmony singing that magically came together during the run through of the first number “I Saw The Light.” I hadn’t really figured on any harmony singing but when Casey and David McLaughlin added tenor and baritone to my lead the sound was so good that we ended up using the trio on almost all of the singing numbers. And while Casey and David and I have played together before in numerous configurations at parties and on stage I’m not sure we’d ever sung a trio together before. So having our voices blend so well together was a welcome surprise and a real treat. And it made recording the DVD even more fun than we had anticipated. I think you’ll really enjoy it. And I hope when we start the editing process that we’ll be able to include some outtakes and bloopers so you can see that things aren’t always as serious as they may seem on screen. And on that note, I will retire to vegetative form on front of the TV!

Oh, but speaking of TV, just one more thing. While Casey was here for the weekend we tuned in to a new TV program on CMT, Outsider's Inn, that featured our friends Leroy Troy and Mike Armistead. What a thrill to see people you really know and have talked to and played music with actually acting in a sit-com! They both did a great job and I’m looking forward to seeing future episodes! Check it out! [It comes on Friday evenings.]

2 thoughts on “Three-Part Harmony, Oh How Sweet To Me!

  1. Steve (in Japan)

    Leroy Troy: Isn’t he the one who swings an open-back banjo ’round while singing and stomping his foot? We’ve watched him perform, Keep the “Skillet Good And Greasy” on those old The Best of Bluegrass VHS tapes. Of course, Crowe and McLaughlin singing and playing “Little Mountain Road” were on one of those tapes too. I’m going to click on to Outsider’s Inn written up there in blue and see what I can watch. Thanks.

  2. Steve (in Japan)

    I checked it out and saw Leroy. He’s in the “Redneck Honeymoon” series or clips, but it’ll take some time to watch all those and besides I’ve got to catch up on some TMM Blog reading.

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