Brown Sugar from Bill Roberts’ Album Raw Material
Bill has been recording for over 40 years. For his solo act he uses backing tracks he has recorded on various devices beginning with a four track Teac reel-to-reel recorder. This was followed with a Fostex reel-to-reel, eight track recorder, then by Roland and Boss 8, 16 and 18 track “all-in-one” digital recorders. Currently, Bill is using an Apple MacBook Pro with Garage Band and Logic Digital Audio Recording software.
Leland Mississippi Blues from Bill Roberts’ Album Raw Material
Since Bill plays guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and other instruments he is able to record track by track to produce a full band recording. This allows for example, a singer-songwriter to begin with a simple idea of lyrics and chords and have the song produced so that within a few hours, they have a CD of their songs in hand that they can listen to in their car on the way home.
Empty Arms from Bill’s Album Raw Material https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEfoIVj9lso
Bill’s recording philosophy is to capture the best possible sound in the recording process, and never say that you will “fix it in the mix” which often leads to compromises. Using this process, the artist can dispense with a lot of outboard gear that would add cost and delay to the recording process.
It Feels Like Rain from Raw Material
Using the digital process, an artist can record their song with Bill and take the digital file to a “bigger” studio for final edits, mixing and mastering, although this is often not necessary.
Railway and Gun from Raw Material
A little history of Billrobertsmusic Recording begins with Bill’s recording in the 70s. A songwriter friend of Bill’s wanted to record his original music and needed instrumentalists to finish the record. Ten songs were recorded for an album call The Pynz. The songwriter found a backer who invested in rerecording the entire record at Sheffield Studios, Baltimore’s premier studio at the time. Bill played and rerecorded all the original tracks. The album was mastered at Minot Sound in White Plaines, New York.
You Know What I Mean from Raw Material
At around the same time another songwriter friend of Bill’s, Joey Daddario needed the same services and recorded several songs with Bill engineering and performing on guitar, bass and drums. During this time, 98Rock, the Classic Rock FM station in Baltimore held a contest for local bands. The prize for the top ten winners was to go into a “real” studio (Sheffield) and rerecord their winning song and have it included on the 98Rock album (vinyl at the time). This was to be a huge break for any band that won, including radio play of their song, having their name announced to thousands of listeners, appearances with radio personalities and the status of being associated with 98Rock.
Messin’ With the Kid from Raw Material
Hundreds of bands sent in their best song demos. Judging was based on the songwriting but also the bands performance and you’d have to believe a good quality recording wouldn’t hurt. Weeks passed as we awaited the verdict of who would win this coveted spot on the album. When the winners were announced, BOTH The Pynz and Joey Daddario won the prize to be on the album! Both of Bill’s clients won. The shame of it was that neither act was actually a “band” and all the promotional appearances were wasted since Bill was in a full time band at the time and chose to keep the “full time job”.
Memory Pain from Raw Material
Years pass as Bill refines the recording process and records hundreds of backing tracks. Many songwriters or “recording clients” come through the studio to have their songs produced. In 2006 Bill recorded his own CD, Raw Material featuring mostly British blues of his heroes growing up, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher and Delta Blues savant, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He performs all the instruments and vocals on the CD.
Hitit from Raw Material
One of the talented songwriters during that period was also a skilled graphic artist and provided the cover art for Raw Material. Sherry Land-Hicks used the “lump of coal” metaphor to signify the basic element of not only Bill’s playing, but that of rock and roll. The back cover shows the coal “on fire” to signify a compliment that is heard by guitarists when people appreciate their playing!
Here are two songs from Sherry Land-Hicks’ album recorded with Billrobertsmusic. Sherry wrote the songs, sang them and played acoustic guitar. Bill produced the songs, playing all the other instruments and recording the entire project.
Madam Roget’s Tale
The Lemon Song from Bill’s album, Raw Material
Crossroads from Raw Material
Check out Darryl Ellyson’s album “It’s Such a Shame”, released in January 2016. Eleven of the twelve tracks were recorded at Billrobertsmusic. Bill and Darryl perform most of what is heard on the album and all of what you hear below.
This is an example of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks of Darryl’s “(I Got The) Blues Over You” . Many singer/songwriters have taken their music to this level but have no band to play their songs and have no way to produce a high quality recording of their work.
Next is the finished version of “(I Got The) Blues Over You” after being produced.
The following is another example of the Vocal and Acoustic guitar tracks from “Over and Over” to be included Darryl’s forthcoming album.
Now listen to “Over and Over” with full band and recording production.
Bill can often produce your song from an idea to a finished CD in a few hours. Clients often have their finished CD in hand after a single session, ready to send to publishers, venues, record companies, booking agents etc.
A message for the “solo” singer songwriter.
Ever dreamed of recording your songs with a full band? Ever wondered what it would sound like if you did?
Those of you who have seen my show know I play acoustic guitar and sing. This song and many more on my Reverb nation page were recorded by me and one other guy… Remember, I play acoustic guitar and sing. That means the other guy played and recorded everything else.
I write the songs, the music and the structure of the song. The other guy does everything else. I strongly recommend you contact this guy if you want to bring your songs to life. Bill Roberts is the guy and he is an incredible musician and he can do the same for you. Message him now!
(The very nice message above was unsolicited from Darryl Ellyson’s Facebook Page) Thank you Darryl!
The following is a review of Darryl’s second CD “Been Out Traveling”