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ghengus23: great down dirty country rock feelin' from the start. Reminds me of social distortion. Not sure if...


96 Tracks Reviewed
483 Comments Posted
Yays: 4  Boos: 6
Critic Score 2/10
Joined: 7/19/2006
Band: Jamsmith

Average Rating: 3 stars

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Prince's Godfather Went To Ohio
jamsmith [12/19/2012 10:46:12 AM EST]
Score: +0
Well, I blame the tinniness on two things. One is I do not have my monitors hooked up so I mixed the headphones. But a good part of it is the mp3. I lost a good deal of the bass in the process. The wav file sound much better, but yes the high end is a too much. I will fix that when I master it.

As to the 70s groove, that was deliberate. Hence the title:

Prince's (his purple shortness) Godfather (of Soul James Brown) Went Down to Ohio (where he met Bootsy Collins). My tribute to funk.

WILLBMUSIC. Check out my last tune "Personal Manager"
Devil in the Truth
jamsmith [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I know people hate comparisons but this sounds to be like a band formed from member of Queens of the Stone Age and Alice in Chains. And that would not be a bad thing! This is very good. I am sure if I put my mind to it I could come up with something, but it sounds like a good song I would hear on the radio. Excellent work.
jamsmith [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Yes' Roundabout overplayed? I don't think they played any more than they intended to a per the composers wishes.
Rhumba For Arturo
jamsmith [4/29/2009 1:16:26 PM EST]
Score: +0
In a recent Guitar Player interview, Joe Bonomasso said he took extensive lessons from Danny Gatton. Perhaps it was his modesty that elicited that response. Dude was certainly a monster. He could even play country and blow you away.
jamsmith [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I am digging this. Coolest thing I have heard hear since OddFlow. Strange how I rarely review anything and today I click on Backstage and this hits me first. Original, but reminds a bit of Phi Keaggy (and that's not a bad thing!)

I must say I don't like the synth line at all. They are more distracting heard next to such sublime guitar work. Here is my suggestion, instead of those awful synth lines, next time just play the melody lines on the guitar double-tracked with some effect. That would sound much better to my ears. Its the synth lead lines I refer to the background tracks sound fine to me.
Beyond X
jamsmith [4/23/2009 1:46:59 PM EST]
Score: +10
#@&%!, Richie. Stealing these licks is the easy part. Playing them with fluidity is the real battle. I was one step ahead of you looking for him on YouTube with no success. But seriously, YouTube has a bunch of fusion licks tutorials you might find of value.
jamsmith [4/22/2009 9:15:49 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Snot Rocket
jamsmith [4/22/2009 9:31:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Cool. Again some of the MIDI stuff is not too appealing. This has been a real eye-opener (ear-opener). After hearing this, I will never use a MIDI track again for anything. But the guitar is so cool that is still quite listenable. The keyboard leads are cool too.

Oh, I definitely hear the DiMeola influence here.
Ruf Tup
jamsmith [4/22/2009 9:26:59 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
The guys from Odd Flow got on my case for being too good for cheezy MIDI backing tracks. If that was true, then this is criminal. You are FAR too good for anything but a slamming backing band.
jamsmith [4/22/2009 9:22:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
Don't sound much like Steve to me. I can hear the Herrring similarity. You really can't sound too original in the styles that you plays as those style somewhat define the way you play. Unless of course you take the sledge-o-matic approach that I am famous for offending people with! (I think that was the reference to Richies "vulgar" comment)

You should check out a guy in Atlanta named Barry Richman ( He has a tune on Myspace he did with Jimmy Herring. You are two peas in a pod.
Keep On
jamsmith [4/22/2009 8:00:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Hell yeah, Very groovy! As good as any Reggae I have heard. Nice recording too,
You Can Tell That
jamsmith [4/18/2009 8:40:28 PM EST]
Score: +0
Sorry, didn't mean to rile you. It just sounds like mid-60's cut-out bin material. No complaints on the vocals or lyrics, or melody. Its the presentation of the song.
The instrumentation, the recording style. A lot of 60's stuff people have long forgotten sounds like this.
jamsmith [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I realize some people like this kind of stuff. I personally find it cheezy. But thats me.
walk alone
jamsmith [4/18/2009 8:35:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
I bet if the jazzier stuff was still called fusion and the other stuff was called "instrumental contemporary R&B", there wouldn't be such hatred! It not our fault some industry marketing people chose the label. Average White Band's Pick Up The Pieces today is classified as smooth jazz. I didn't hear to much complaining about it when it went to #1. Today it would have the smooth jazz tag and would have been reviled. Funny who people let labels rule their heads. I personally like labels. Great reference points. But that is it.
We'll Save The World
jamsmith [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I can take it or leave it. But it not bad.