“Let’s Not Pretend That It’s Easy” – now available for download!

Let’s not pretend that it’s easy writing, arranging, recording, mixing and mastering our July tune!  It may not be easy, but we’re pretty psyched about it (even if it is 27 days late!)  All you need to do is click HERE or the picture below:

By now you know the drill – you can stream the song by clicking on the play button. Assuming you’ll then want to immediately download it as your own, simply click the “Buy Now” link to start the download process. You get to name your own price – and if you’re one of the first 200 to download the tune, you can get it for free! How cool is that?!

In your rush to enjoy the MBG goodness, don’t forget to click the Facebook “LIKE” button under the album cover art and tweet it as well. We greatly appreciate any help getting the word out about the new tune. And please feel free to head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there letting us know what you think.

Thanks as always for listening!

Les, Jerry, Doug & Steve

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“Cold Comfort” – FINALLY available for download!

Yeah, we know – this is 14 days late.  But here’s the upside – it’s a great tune, it’s our longest to date (clocking in at nearly seven minutes), and we think you’ll think it’s worth the delay once you hear it.  Simply click HERE or on the pic below:

By now you know the drill – you can stream the song by clicking on the play button. Assuming you’ll then want to immediately download it as your own, simply click the “Buy Now” link to start the download process. You get to name your own price – and if you’re one of the first 200 to download the tune, you can get it for free! How cool is that?!

In your rush to enjoy the MBG goodness, don’t forget to click the Facebook “LIKE” button under the album cover art and tweet it as well. We greatly appreciate any help getting the word out about the new tune. And please feel free to head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there letting us know what you think.

Thanks as always for listening!

Les, Jerry, Doug & Steve

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Update on our June tune; MBG at Old North State!

It’s the first of the month, which means there’s a new Mediocre Bad Guys song! Except there isn’t – not yet.  But it’s almost there!   Alas, we are putting the finishing touches on the new song – and believe me, you’re gonna love it!  Just last night Steve, Doug and Jerry were in Flytrap Studios recording a huge swath of backing vocals. What, you don’t believe us?  Here’s a pic to prove it:

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See? So there.

Anyway, we’re near the tail end – hope to have it to you by the middle of next week. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we wanted to remind you that we have a killer gig at Old North State Winery in lovely downtown Mount Airy next Saturday, June 9, at 7:30pm.  We’ll be joined by our good friend Old #10.  We’ll play our favorite covers and all our originals – including the new tune you would’ve downloaded mere days before.  Tickets are $10 and are on sale at the winery, and you can also get them from your favorite Bad Guy (or your second favorite). If you do the Facebook thing, here’s the Facebook event:

http://www.facebook.com/events/383244058387876/

Thanks as always for listening and supporting us. Get psyched about our June tune next week and our show next Saturday!

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MBG and Old #10, Part Deux – June 9

We had such a great time with our good friends in Old #10 last January at Old North State Winery in Mount Airy that we’re gonna do it again!

So mark your calendars: Saturday, June 9. Music starts at 7:30pm. Admission is $10, and tickets will be on sale at the door as well as before at the winery.

Here’s the Facebook event – feel free to RSVP if you do the Facebook thing:

http://www.facebook.com/events/383244058387876/

Hope to see you there!

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“Simple And True” – now available for download!

It’s May!  Well, almost.  So it’s almost time for the next Mediocre Bad Guys song, right?  Nope.  It’s time right now!  Because we made you wait a few extra days for “Virginia Virginia” last time, we’re releasing our next track, “Simple And True,” a whole 50 minutes early!  Pretty sweet, eh?  Simply click on the pic below (or click HERE):

By now you know the drill – you can stream the song by clicking on the play button. Assuming you’ll then want to immediately download it as your own, simply click the “Buy Now” link to start the download process. You get to name your own price – and if you’re one of the first 200 to download the tune, you can get it for free! How cool is that?!

In your rush to enjoy the MBG goodness, don’t forget to click the Facebook “LIKE” button under the album cover art and tweet it as well. We greatly appreciate any help getting the word out about the new tune. And please feel free to head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there letting us know what you think.

Thanks as always for listening!

Les, Jerry, Doug & Steve

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“Virginia, Virginia” – now available for download!

Yes, we know, it’s been four whole days since the first of the month.  But it wouldn’t have been right to release our latest tune on April Fool’s Day, right?  Anyway, it’s here now; ready for your audial consumption.  Simply click on the pic below (or click HERE):

By now you know the drill – you can stream the song by clicking on the play button. Assuming you’ll then want to immediately download it as your own, simply click the “Buy Now” link to start the download process. You get to name your own price – and if you’re one of the first 200 to download the tune, you can get it for free! How cool is that?!

In your rush to enjoy the MBG goodness, don’t forget to click the Facebook “LIKE” button under the album cover art and tweet it as well. We greatly appreciate any help getting the word out about the new tune. And please feel free to head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there letting us know what you think (and follow us on Twitter while you’re at it).

Thanks as always for listening!

Les, Jerry, Doug & Steve

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The anatomy of a co-write – Doug’s thoughts on “Carolina Sky”

“Carolina Sky” was a co-write I did with Jerry three years ago.  I love doing co-writes with Jerry.  We write together in a variety of ways, but often (because he’s too lazy to work on ideas I start), he’ll send me a seed of an idea, and I’ll take it from there.  Sometimes that seed is pretty fully formed, and sometimes it’s pretty raw.  And I’ll pick and choose what I like and take it from there.  One of my favorite things about co-writes with Jerry is that, in retrospect, I may believe I know what each of us  contributed, but when I go back and check the original demos, I’ll often find I’m wrong.  On “Carolina Sky,” for instance, I had modestly congratulated myself for writing the lines “we gave it all our very best/but we’re as far from north and south as east is to the west.”  Crazy thing – turns out Jerry wrote that.  Ah, well.

So what I’m going to do is to open the curtain and share with you Jerry’s original demo snippet – exactly what he sent to me – as well as my note to him (three years ago!) about what my intentions were for writing the rest of the song.

Here’s the demo snippet:

And here’s what I wrote Jerry, after a little work:

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On Feb 22, 2009, at 6:10 PM, dougdavis@flytrapmusicproduction.com wrote:

Alright, here’s the deal.  Every once in a while, I try to write one of those Freedy Johnston songs, like “This Perfect World,” which, on the surface just sounds like a sad relationship song.  Then you dive in and realize that something terrible and cinematic may have happened.  Maybe not.  Maybe she disappeared.  Maybe she died.  Maybe he killed her.  Hard to say.

So, you started this one with “she set herself on fire again,” and I decided to take it metaphorically, but seriously. There’s a folksy timelessness, and there will be Winston-Salem regional touches (shutting down the tobacco plants and auction floors leave the narrator out of work).  She’s a swan, he drags her down, he’s down on his luck, she’s angry about money, class, something happens.  What?  We don’t know, but she’s gone, gone, gone.  This one needs a few more verses to paint the picture.  The law comes around in the last verse and asks about her, but he doesn’t know “where she is tonight.”  Lost love song, or was he confused and scared and forgot where he buried her?  Either way, he’s not telling.  Ideally, you can dig in to the mystery, but if you miss the point entirely, you still get a nice lost-love folk song.

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And here’s the demo I did and brought to the band:

Great performances from the band when we finally got in the studio.  This is exactly the kind of song I wanted to write for Les to sing, and he really nails it.  There’s a mournfulness in his voice that inspires me.  Wish I could sing with that kind of inherent sorrow.  Steve plays accordion here, and it’s a perfect touch.  He’ll be happy to tell you he’s just learning the instrument, but I think his instincts were strong.  Jerry really drove the rhythm on bass, and me, well, all I had to do was to keep strumming.  The VIP was Sir Ricky Lee Nathey on pedal steel.  He came into the studio for half an hour, and all I had to do was run him through a Bassman with generous amounts of analog delay and give him a cold Budweiser, and we were in business.  It should be noted that the solo was to have been Steve’s on accordion, but Rick’s “background” melodies were so strong that we really didn’t have any choice but to feature him.  And those high notes at 3:25 still break me down every time.

And finally, a word on the title.  I intended for “Long Night’s Moon” to be the name of the song.  Long Night Moon, in some reckonings, is the name of the full moon in December.  To me, this is a winter’s song, and the resonance of full-moon behavior is at the heart of the song.  The “Carolina sky” bit was a throwaway line to me, but Jerry felt strongly that that phrase had greater resonance.  I still have misgivings, but I’ve been wrong before, and, if anything, I appreciated the idea of using “Carolina Sky” as a deflection.

Definitely my fave MBG tune to date.  Hope you enjoy!

Doug

LISTEN TO AND DOWNLOAD “CAROLINA SKY” TODAY!

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MBG show at The Garage this Saturday

Hope you’re enjoying the new tune “Carolina Sky!”

We’ve got a neat show coming up this Saturday.  We’ll be playing at The Garage in Winston-Salem.  If you’ve never been there, it’s literally a garage converted into a super-duper original live music venue.  We’ll play all our original tunes that hopefully you’ve had a chance to listen to HERE.  We’ll also be joined by fellow Mount Airy band and good friends Janus 4-14, along with Sunshone Still.  Five bucks will get you three bands – not too shabby.  Please head over to our Facebook event and let us know you’re coming!

And while we’re on Facebook, the four of us are in a bit of a campaign to get some more Facebook page “LIKES.”  We hope you already count yourself as one of those – but if not, would you?  Just click the pic to the right to head to our page and do that awesome “LIKE” thing.

We’d also be thrilled if you’d consider subscribing to our website.  Of course, if you’re getting this in your email or RSS reader, you already have.  But if by some twist of fate you’re reading this otherwise, perhaps this is a sign you were meant, in this very moment, to subscribe to the Mediocre Bad Guy’s website. Just go to www.mediocrebadguys.com and enter your email address on the right where it says, “Your Email, Please…”  No spam, we promise.

Thanks for all the support and for listening – see you at the show on Saturday, we hope!

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“Carolina Sky” – now available for download!

Happy March, everyone!  Sorry you had to wait an extra day for your MBG goodness in this leap year. Nevertheless, the first day of the new month has arrived, and so has our newest song!  Simply click on the pic below to go to the download website.(click HERE if the picture isn’t showing):

By now you know the drill – you can stream the song by clicking on the play button.  Assuming you’ll then want to immediately download it as your own, simply click  the “Buy Now” link to start the download process.  You get to name your own price – and if you’re one of the first 200 to download the tune, you can get it for free!  How cool is that?!

In your rush to enjoy the MBG goodness, don’t forget to click the Facebook “LIKE” button under the album cover art and tweet it as well.   We greatly appreciate any help getting the word out about the new tune.  And please feel free to head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there letting us know what you think (and follow us on Twitter while you’re at it).

Thanks for checking it out – enjoy the song!

Les, Jerry, Doug and Steve

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A lot of firsts – Jerry’s thoughts on “Diamonds”

Following the “Download of the Month” release, members of MBG will share their thoughts about that song in subsequent blog posts. We hope it’ll give you a greater appreciation for the tune and all that went into writing and recording it. Enjoy!

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I’m sitting here listening to last month’s MBG single, “Diamonds.”  As per usual, I’m listening as a fan.  As long as we continue to put out music that we would actually like to listen to, I think we’ll be a happy & productive band.  I don’t mean that out of conceit.  I just mean to say that, if you’re a songwriter, you could do a lot worse than to make music with friends that also happen to be excellent players & singers.

It also occurs to me that this song marks a few firsts…

  • It’s the first MBG song in which Doug agreed to play a guitar solo that was similar to what I had on the demo.
  • It’s the first MBG song that is completely autobiographical.*
  • It’s the first MBG song that was written about a movie.^
  • It’s the first MBG song to feature Steve playing his sweet accordion.+
  • It’s the first MBG song to feature the lovely pedal steel of Rich Nathey.++
  • It’s the sixth MBG song that I like.

*Patently untrue.
^Partially true.  Any guesses?
+Until tomorrow.
++Also until tomorrow.

See you tomorrow, when the new song comes out.

Jerry

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