I used a group called The Dempseys (the absolute best rockabilly group known to man, imo), and this is the 3rd session we've done together. In November 2003, we cut 25 songs in 5 days, including 2 that I wrote, and going with the rockabilly theme, I looking into the older country and blues catalogues as well as E-mails from Keith Flynn and Kevan Budd, who suggested songs Elvis was rumored to do at Sun and the Hayride. I have to say thanks to them, because their song suggestions are the reason we had enough good song material for 2 albums like this, and I'm very happy about it.
Now, even though the flavor is rockabilly and I am VERY heavily Elvis-influenced in my style, I consider this my own sound, no matter how close or far away from Elvis' it may be. I just wanted to stress that it's not an impersonation record - if I'm spending good recording money, it's going to be how I feel the song.
That said, I think it's fun to play around with songs Elvis might have done, just from a fan point of view, even if we're not trying to make it sound like Elvis.
Anyway, back to the story (sorry about that, felt I had to say it for prep) 13 of the songs we cut in 2003 (12 + 1 hidden track) were put on "The Sun Also Rises Vol 1", and while we had 12 more songs for volume 2, I felt we needed more material since the 2nd CD's songs only added up to 30min.
We started about 6:30, after the tours let out for the night - stayed until about midnight, maybe a tad later. We recorded 4 songs (2 versions of one) and re-recorded one I wasn't happy with my vocal on from the 2003 session. Kinda proud of this one, too, since on "Uncle Penn" and both versions of "Mess Around", I'm playing rhythm guitar. Up until the Elvis Story shows, I didn't know how, but hauled butt for 2 weeks before the July shows in Atlantic City and learned it.
Anyway, for good luck we recorded on the "X"s of "where the Elvis and the guys supposedly stood for one of their records" (guess who's X I got? :p ), and everything just felt so smooth... we really work well together, and it was a blast. Producing I take pretty much the way Elvis did (from what I understand), I kinda have an idea in my head and go with that or just feel it out as I go, but since good ideas come from any source, I listen to any suggestions and see how they work. James Lott was the engineer, and there is *nobody* like James. He's the best. There is no cooler, more relaxed creative atmosphere than the one he creates. And the mixing was done a few days later (also at Sun), even got the tracklisting done while down there. Won't come out until Feb, though, with everything I've got going on keeping me busy.
Sittin' On Top Of The World (country song, we did the blues song on the last album)
I Don't Hurt Anymore
Always Late (With Your Kisses)
Walking By Myself
Tennessee Saturday Night
We're Getting Closer (To Being Apart)
You're So Fine (it's a Little Walter blues song)
Mess Around (Fast)
+1 hidden track (ooh! lol)
here's a sample: http://www.jamieaaronkelley.com/02LovesickBlues.mp3
And now you know the rest of the story - lol