Monday, August 7, 2017

What does a producer do anyway?


A producer will say that the engineer makes the recording.

The audience says that the band makes the recording.

The truth is the producer makes the recording.

I used to joke that the producer was the guy who made the phone calls. This is kind of old fashioned now but there is truth to it. The producer is the person who drives the project forward, funds it, sets schedules, and makes sure everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there. The producer is the guy that is responsible for getting it done.

In my case that includes an awful lot of doing it. I engineer most of my CDs and I do all my own post production.

Almost all producers supervise that mysterious stage called pre-production where lists are made, dates are penciled in, and deadlines are set.

A record producer is the person who makes the album. The producer works with the musicians, writers, artists, engineers and others. A good producer listens to all of these people and tries to help them fulfill their vision. He wants them to do their part of the project well and he wants them to be proud of the finished product. But the producer makes the product. He’s the one who says it’s good enough. He’s the guy who says when it’s done.

The buck stops here. If the album isn’t good the producer didn’t do his job.

Hairy Larry

Sunday, August 6, 2017

CD Baby, Createspace, and the New Plan

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Links to “All Over Again” on CD Baby and the “Aggie Road” Createspace page


1. I’ve got almost all of the releases up on CD Baby. Some on the standard plan which puts us on Spotify, iTunes, and everywhere, and some on the free plan which puts us on CD Baby only but can be upgraded later.

2. The next step is to get all the CDs on Createspace which is an Amazon on demand CD factory that handles production, fulfillment, and collections. So this is great and it will give us nice CD product to sell online for under $10. Free shipping with Amazon Prime. (Sorry about the $11.95 price on Aggie Road. The linked page needs updated.)

3. Then ecopack CDs go to CD Baby for all the standard plan releases. The ecopack is the CD and the artwork in a black envelope and will cost around $5. They will handle the fulfillment and collections on these CDs. I do the manufacture and keep them supplied. For the releases on the CD Baby free plan I will continue to do all the work.

4. We split the profit with the acts that we work with. The HairyLarryLand part gets shoveled right back into CD Baby turning free releases into standard releases.


5. Profit!!!??

Don’t forget HairyLarryLand is in business to make music. I still give away free ecopack CDs at live shows so come see me play and get a free CD.

Hairy Larry

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Delta Legends - “All Over Again” Now On CD Baby

The new Delta Legends CD, “All Over Again” is now on CD Baby. Soon to be on Spotify, ITunes, and everywhere.

The CD will also be for sale on CreateSpace and Amazon Prime.

Of course, you can still get free streaming and download at the Internet Archive. … /AllOverAgain_201707

Want more? Here’s the whole show.

The recording’s great but there’s nothing like Delta Legends live. Come see us at The Fall Ball and The Biscuit. We give away ecopack CDs at our live shows.

So buy it or get it free. We still love you just the same. Because we’re in business to make music.

Hairy Larry

Friday, July 28, 2017

New Cover Art For Delta Legends CD, All Over Again


OK, I’m working on getting the new CD up on CD Baby for digital downloads and on Amazon’s CreateSpace so you can buy the CD online. So I had to make a nice Cover Art.

And, of course, it’s still available at the Internet Archive for free streaming and download.

And I will have free copies of the ecopack at our shows. So come see us play and get a free CD.

Hairy Larry

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cody Ballard In The Big Room

Cody Ballard

Here’s a photo of Cody Ballard recording the tenor overdubs on the “Stinger” CD. This is the only NJHB CD with studio overdubs. We were more of a live band.

Also helping us out on overdubs for this CD was Corey Emerson on bass.

Corey Emerson

You can listen to “Stinger” featuring Chris “Stinger” Stevens and Mike “Zif “Lovell here.



Delta Legends - All Over Again

Jeremy Burnett Singing

New Delta Legends CD release, “All Over Again”, includes two songs by John Shepherd, one song by Hairy Larry, and two traditional blues, “Drop Down Mama” and the title track “All Over Again”.

John wrote “Why” and “Worthless”. Larry wrote “Mississippi Sax”.

Free streaming and download of “All Over Again” is available at the Internet Archive. … /AllOverAgain_201707

The CD was recorded at Godsey’s Grill in downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas, on July 14, 2017. More songs from this show are posted at the Live Music Archive.

Here’s some more photos from the show. Thanks to Robin Gasaway and Jenny Burnett for taking the pictures.

John Shepherd Slide Guitar

Hairy Larry Grinning

Jeremy Burnett and Hairy Larry, Two Harps

The Icosahedron


Here’s the addition to the HairyLarryLand studio. Like everything to do with HairyLarryLand it is multi purpose and will serve as an acoustic room, a vocals booth, and an out of control room for the big room.


I have the exterior all trimmed out and painted except a little bit up under the roof. There will be a covered walkway connecting the Icosahedron to the big room. When I get that done I can run electricity and the snake.

Until then I’m still using it as an acoustic room since my Zoom H6 runs on batteries.

Here are a couple more pics showing the detail work around the door and the windows.



This has really been a great project, fun to build and fun to use.

Hairy Larry