“Tender Moment”Before and After with Rev. Bubba D. Liverance

May 11, 2016

As a songwriter, it’s always interesting for me to compare the simple version of a song to the full production version.  Our band’s latest single is “Tender Moment”.  The first video is me sitting on my back porch and singing the song with just an acoustic guitar.  The second is the finished product recorded by the band in the studio.

Here’s the studio version:

We wanted to capture an emotional feel for the song but we also wanted to make it danceable. I knew the song “Lady Soul” by the Temptations was popular with the dancers so we recorded “Tender Moment” at about the same tempo.  The bass guitar pattern is fairly simple and similar to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”.  Then, in addition to the full drum kit, we overdubbed some latin percussion instruments including bongos.  This gave it a little more danceability and almost a “cha-cha” feel.

“Haint Blue Deluxe” new album from Rev. Bubba D. Liverance

March 21, 2016

CD400_outHey y’all, It’s taken a little while but our new record “Haint Blue Deluxe” has been officially released.  Simultaneously, we’re releasing the next single “Tender Moment”.

This album has a little rock ‘n roll, a little soul, and for beach music fans we’ve included quite a few tunes that should be very ‘shagalicious”.  This is not computer generated music, unlike much of that you hear on the radio today.  These songs were performed by remarkably talented musicians that poured their heart and talent into every single note.

We tried to take a page from the 1960’s and 1970’s when nearly every song that came out on the radio made you feel good or elicited an emotion from the listener.  We wanted to make a record that you’d want to throw in you car’s player, roll the windows down and crank the volume up!

It’s available nearly everywhere on the internet (iTunes, CDbaby, etc.) or you can buy directly from us at http://www.revbubbaband.com   You’ll be hearing and seeing a lot of our shameless self-promotion over the next couple of months.  Meanwhile, y’all be cool! Rev. Bubba

Rev. Bubba D. Liverance & the Cornhole Prophets New Single Release

September 28, 2015

Hey y’all, We’ve got a new single out titled “What Else Could It Be”.  This is the follow up to “A Night Like This” and both singles will be on the upcoming album “Haint Blue Deluxe”.  A lot of people ask me about the process of writing a song and eventually recording the song.  Below you’ll find the original raw version of the song followed by the fully produced version.  I think it’s interesting to listen to the acoustic version and see how much the song changed on the finished product.  I’d really like to take credit for producing the song in the studio (and I do) but the truth of the matter is the musicians playing on the record are the real producers.  I usually play the song for my musicians on the acoustic guitar, then they start bringing in their ideas and run with the ball.  If I hear something I don’t like I’ll ask them to do it differently, but that doesn’t happen often when you’re working with a group of musicians that are this talented!

Rev. Bubba Ain’t Politically Correct

September 18, 2015

I have to be careful of what I say on social media because I still want all those that oppose my political views (the misguided) to buy my records. When it comes to the 14 year old kid that built a clock inside a briefcase, that looks very similar to a bomb, instead of being praised by everyone from the President to MIT, this kid should be severely reprimanded. What would you have done if you had been sitting on an airplane with your children and this kid opened up a briefcase with a homemade clock installed? Same thing goes for schools! The one on the left is a real bomb, on the right is the clock in a briefcase.

Muslim "Bomb-Clock" Kid's Victim Narrative Just Imploded

Rev. Bubba D. Liverance, The Original Gangsta!

August 17, 2015

My son talked me into going to the movies with him to see Straight Out of Compton.  I like biopics and this wound up being a pretty good movie.  During the movie, the characters mentioned driving a “six four” a number of times and afterwards my son asked me what a “six four” was.  In several scenes I saw a 1964 Chevy Impala Convertible and figured that was their street slang for it.  I went on to tell my son that my first car was a….1964 Chevy Impala Convertible (wish I still had it).  He said, “So you were OG (Original Gangsta) back in the day?  I guess he was right!

Rev. Bubba D. Liverance: Song Development “A Night Like This”

July 16, 2015

Hey Y’all, I thought it might be cool to compare our current single “A Night Like This” from the original “raw” version to the finished product.  After writing a song, if we’re planning to record it, I sit down with the band and play it just like in the video below.  I trust my musicians (those guys are a lot more talented than me) so I get their input on the arrangement, the feel of the song, and the instrumentation.

Listen to the basic version, the same way I played it for the band, then listen to the finished product and you’ll hear what they did with the tune. (the musicians do all the work, and, of course, I take all the credit)

Here’s the finished product:

Rev. Bubba Arrested by Marine Police

July 7, 2015

Ok, I was at the beach in Gulf Shores, AL and decided to do some shrimping.  When you haul the net into the boat, there’s a lot of trash fish you have to get rid of.  While I was throwing the trash fish overboard, a herd of dolphins came up. I didn’t know it was against the law to feed them.  The Marine Police showed up, informed me it was illegal, arrested me, fined me, and then got back to chasing drug smugglers.  I told them the dolphin put the fish in my mouth but they didn’t believe me?

On the music side, we’re happy to announce our new single “A Night Like This” is on most of the charts.  We want to thank all the DJ’s for giving us the spins.  Please keep it up, as you can see, I need a new boat!  The final touches are being made on our new album and we’re planning to release a second single real soon.  Meanwhile, y’all be cool and don’t feed the dolphins!  Rev. Bubba D. Liverance

Rev. Bubba D. Liverance Arrested by Marine Police

July 7, 2015

Ok, I was at the beach in Gulf Shores, AL and decided to do some shrimping.  When you haul the net into the boat, there’s a lot of trash fish you have to get rid of.  While I was throwing the trash fish overboard, a herd of dolphins came up. I didn’t know it was against the law to feed them.  The Marine Police showed up, informed me it was illegal, arrested me, fined me, and then got back to chasing drug smugglers.  I told them the dolphin put the fish in my mouth but they didn’t believe me?

On the music side, we’re happy to announce our new single “A Night Like This” is on most of the charts.  We want to thank all the DJ’s for giving us the spins.  Please keep it up, as you can see, I need a new boat!  The final touches are being made on our new album and we’re planning to release a second single real soon.  Meanwhile, y’all be cool and don’t feed the dolphins!  Rev. Bubba D. Liverance

Rev. Bubba D. Liverance’s New Album Is Almost Ready

May 7, 2015

Hey Y’all, Our new album “Haint Blue” is scheduled for release in July 2015.  This record will include 8 brand new songs along with several bonus tracks.  Of course, all the songs lean toward Rhythm & Blues (that’s what we do) and we’re thinking the dancers along the East Coast will find them very “shagalicious”! The first single, “A Night Like This”, is already making headway at radio and is charting quite well.  Thank goodness!  If you’re a music fan, you can stop reading now and listen to the new single below.  If you’re a musician you’ll be able to relate to the following paragraphs.

For Musicians (If you’re interested):

Like many of you, I love performing live, love writing songs, and love getting paid for it!  But to me, there’s nothing like recording in the studio.  That’s my favorite part.  For each album, I write as many songs as I can, weed out as many stinkers as I can, and narrow them down to what I consider the best material for that particular album.

I heard Don Was (one of my favorite producers) say there are 3 keys to a great record.  1) start with a great song, 2) get a great vocal performance, and 3) trust your musicians.  Well, I usually have to break rules #1 & #2 since I write and sing the songs.  But I always follow rule #3.  I sit with the entire band, sing and play the songs with an acoustic guitar.  Then step back and let the musicians give their input and ideas about the feel of the song, the tempo, the instrumentation.  They bounce ideas off each other and me, frequently taking the song in a direction I hadn’t even considered.

For example, we were working on one song “Tender Moment”.  It had the feel and groove we were looking for, but something was missing.  Next thing I know, our guitarist breaks out a 1960’s original Coral Danelectro guitar.  As most of you know, this gives you the sitar/guitar sound that was used on records like “Cry Like A Baby” the Boxtops, “You Are Everything” the Stylistics, and “Baby Come Back” by Player.  I hadn’t thought about it, but our guitarist started laying down signature licks and riffs with it, and magically brought the song together.

I can’t help it, but when I write songs, I hear the horn parts in my head.  But not a horn player, I keep those thoughts to myself, and our sax player, Jonas Schultz, does all the horn arrangements.  He has a great ability to find parts that are not typical, but rather unique and always complement the song.  You don’t hear a baritone sax as often as you did back in the day, but he broke it out on a number of songs.  I had forgotten how much soul and feel a bari adds.  His solos on tenor sax just blow me away.

Just like hearing horn parts, when I write, I hear background vocals in my head.  Our guitarist, Sam Hankins, is a three octave tenor and can hit all the high notes I can only dream about.  Again, I leave him alone and he does all the vocal arrangements.  He and I have worked together for decades, so he knows me and my music, I trust him.  He loves the background vocals of the Beach Boys, the Eagles, and believe it or not, he loves the background vocals from The Carpenters.  You find elements of all these artists in the songs.

I could go on and on (you don’t want me to get started talking about the B-3, Fender Rhodes, the Yamaha Grand, etc) but I’ll save it for later.  To me, the studio is where the real creativity happens.  Rev. Bubba D. Liverance

War Eagle Supper Club Closing….Rev. Bubba D. Liverance’s View

April 10, 2015

At the age of 16, my band was playing night clubs in the Washington DC area before we were old enough to be in a night club legally.  After the US Army was finished with my excellent soldiering skills, I gave up an M-16 and picked up a Fender Tele.  I went back to playing music and have been in and out of night clubs nearly all my life.

I’ve been in more bar fights than I’m proud of, been shot at, thrown out of a few, got puked on, cheated out of money by some owners, occasionally got completely “tore up”, and lots more that I’m just unwilling to share.

I also got to play some great music and develop bonds with lots of musicians and bandmates that have lasted a lifetime. I developed my “chops” and was able to work, doing my favorite thing, playing music. There’s nothing like rockin’ the house, soaked in sweat, the music takes over, and you have this indescribable connection with the audience.  It’s a brotherhood in the band and a special “musical” camaraderie with the patrons.

Some clubs have stages too small for your band to fit.  Some have tough “load-in” situations, maybe up several flights of stairs where you have to hump a B-3 Hammond Organ, an incredibly large sound system, your lighting system, and a truckload of gear.  Some had dressing rooms, but most often we had to change clothes in the “dressing kitchen” or the “public dressing bathroom” at the convenience station on the corner.  Some rooms have fantastic acoustics and others, well, they sound like shit.  Some club owners would let the band have cokes or a few beers for free, others made you pay.  Some club owners were really into the music, and others wouldn’t care if you put an Orangutan and six Baboons on stage if they could draw a crowd.  My point is…….I have a little experience with night clubs.

For me and my band mates, the best club we ever played was the War Eagle Supper Club in Auburn AL.  This ain’t no fancy Vegas styled room, but more of a roadhouse dive that’s been there since 1937.  It’s an Auburn landmark outside, and inside, well let’s say it has a lot of character. Of course the owners are in business to make a profit, but they’re also into live music.  They didn’t sit in the office all night, but instead, would come out into the audience and watch the bands.  They treated every band with dignity and fairness.  The owners and the staff would hang out with the bands, drink a beer,  talk about music, and become friends with them.  Often, they’d open the club early for the bands if they needed to rehearse.  And unlike many other clubs, you never had to chase these guys down to get paid!  Their stage was big, yes they had dressing rooms for the bands, along with a state of the art sound and lighting system.

Their motto is simple and straight forward, the way it should be……………..Hot Rock, Cold Beer, Expect No Mercy!  (sidenote: In the 1980’s I wore a T-shirt on stage from a security company and the printing on the shirt said “Expect No Mercy”.  The owners will deny this, but I think I am the one that gave them the idea for their motto)  By the way,  did I mention, the place was packed with highly enthusiastic crowds every weekend!

New Year’s Eve 2015 will be the last performance ever at the War Eagle Supper Club.  They’re being forced to close.  The property was bought several years ago and the new landlords (who could care less about a 75 year old Auburn Tradition, Icon, Landmark, or whatever) are demanding new terms that the club owners can’t reasonably meet.  Let me take a wild guess……the building will be bulldozed in January 2016, and they’ll start building a Starbucks, or hotel, or office building very quickly in February.  This may be the day the music dies. Bye, Bye Miss American Pie.

The War Eagle Supper Club


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