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I played on stage for about 30 or so years. I have played with such people as Roy Clark, Jana Jae, Reba McEntire's guitar player, little brother of Brooks and Dunn's guitar player, and many others. I've been on the radio and TV and was close to a record deal. But, I finally just got pissed off at the music business in general, and especially country music. Country isn't country anymore and people don't seem to know what country is these days. Also, being on the road constantly really wears you down. I wanted to go fishing or hang out with my friends but couldn't because I always had somewhere I had to be. When I finally quit, I could look at my schedule and see where I was going to be two years ahead. That's just ridiculous! So, I quit. I still have a lot of my equipment though. I have 24 guitars, 5 amps, a bass, and a bunch of PA equipment. So, maybe one of these days I'll start up again, but on my own terms this time.

A note about my music. If you are looking for a polished studio sound, you won't find it here. I don't have fancy recording equipment and choose, at the moment, to not have a band. It's just me. My music is rough, raw, and real. But I ask you to really listen to the songs. I promise that my songs are truthful, honest, and from the heart. However, I believe this is the core of music. Everybody should put themselves out there like this. Because that's what I'm doing.....putting myself out there. I've made many recordings in studios when I was playing full time. But there are no studios involved in my music now. No studios to hide mistakes or make a song "pretty" or have the perfect mix to fool the listener's ear into believing they like what they here. My music is raw but very honest.

If you want to know me......just listen to my songs. Every song is true and has actually happened at some point in my life. Nothing here is false.

Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Hank Williams Jr., George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, David Allan Coe, Charley Daniels, Lynard Skynard, ZZ Top
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By: Sam Houston
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I have to say I'm fairly disappointed (I know....big surprise, right?). About a week ago I posted that I had completely re-recorded my song Trail Of Tears and used my newly acquired Tascam 8 track to do it. I believe the quality is so much better than any of my previous recordings. I also requested any feedback and/or advice for improvement, how it sounds, how is the mix, and what I might do different to make it better.

Since then, I have recieved one comment....only one. I'm trying to do all I can to improve the quality of my recordings and, in my opinion, I'm making good progress. But I need feedback and advice to continue improving. Mixposure is supposed to be all about feedback. I'm disappointed because I feel like I'm making every effort to improve the quality of my recordings and then get absolutely no responses back, except one. It's very disheartening.

So please, if you get a chance, please give Trail Of Tears a listen and comment. Please let me know what you think of the recording, the mix, and the overall sound of the song. I'm doing everything I can to improve on my recordings. But I need honest feedback in order to continue to improve. Please be honest and let me know what you truly think about the song, the mix, the sound, the quality, etc. I greatly appreciate it.

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Sam Houston
12/19/13 04:20:45PM @sam-houston:
Thanks Stephan!! And yes I did ask for it but I need honest feedback in order to improve. I appreciate it!!
stephan foster
12/19/13 07:02:05AM @stephan-foster:
Hey Sam - You asked for it so here goes! I listened to Trail of Tears and also Lock and Load, because both are listed on the album Black Water and I assume that both were recorded about the same time with the same technique (meaning your original version of Trail of Tears). What I noticed first was buzzing on the various tracks (guitar, vocal, etc.) on L&L which I think is due to overdriving your recording take. The lead guitar part is too hot for the mix and the vocal sits too far back in the mix and is somewhat thin sounding. The new version of Trail of Tears has much better overall recording quality, no more of the buzzing. The vocal tone is much fuller and sits better in the mix. The lead guitar is not as hot but still stands out nicely. The main complaint that I have with Trail of Tears is a number of times the bass is behind the kick drum. With a song with this slow tempo kick and bass need to be dead on in sync, but that is more of a performance issue. Overall I detect a significant improvement in the quality of the recording from what I think are your earlier recordings. I wish that I had great advise for you on further improvement but all I have is keep at it. You learn by doing. I know that I have learned how to do things, many times by just stumbling onto something. I have to say that you have the knack to make your recordings sound live from some roadhouse. Keep the music coming Brother!


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