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"The HeeBee GeeBees"
Not to be confused with the "BeeGees", the HeeBee GeeBees are a simple, sometimes raw, sometimes light hearted, sometimes goofy, sometimes serious? (just kidding) band. Though instrumentation may vary at times, the band is driven primarily by Guitar, Drums, Bass, Saxophone & Harmonica. A young/old band, the HeeBee GeeBees have a few members who work “REAL” jobs, and getting out to play can be tuff. But, they love music none the less, and enjoy when a crowd has a good time.
- Johnny F / CMC Records
- September 2016
02) 8 Ball / PS
04) Keep It Simple (coming soon)
original first Single release date (September 5th, 2016)
The HeeBee GeeBees Project Notes: BY SONG
1) WHOOP MY BOTTOM / Song Writer F. Riddell / Publishing (BMI)
Whoop My Bottom is the DEBUT release by "The HeeBee GeeBees". Not to be confused with the "BeeGees", the HeeBee GeeBees are a simple, sometimes raw, sometimes light hearted, sometimes goofy, sometimes serious? (just
kidding) band. Though instrumentation may vary at times, the band is driven primarily by Guitar, Drums, Bass, Saxophone & Harmonica. A young/old band, the HeeBee GeeBees have a few members who work “REAL” jobs, and getting out to play can be tuff. But, they love music none the less, and enjoy when a crowd has a good time. “The DEBUT single, ‘Whoop My Bottom’, is something that just came out of simplicity.” said saxophone / harmonica / guitar & vocalist Frazier Riddell. “In the studio, we just kind of said let’s lay some tracks for this ‘whoop my bottom’ hook line that had floated into existence one day. The song, not even complete at that point (if you can call it complete now LOL) was just a very simple hook. We took it from there, and as we began to lay tracks, the rest of the lyrics just came into place.” The HeeBee GeeBees are just having a good time, or so it seems, and as artists, this is their first painting to offer to the public. I personally cannot wait to see what is next.
- Johnny F / CMC Records / September 2016
2) 8 BALL / Song Writer F. Riddell / Publishing (BMI)
Just when you thought you were safe. The HeeBee GeeBees bring you a simple, yet heavy, blues groove to remind you to “be careful who you trust”. Ain’t it so true. Don't get caught, unprepared, behind that “8 BALL” !
“8 Ball” is the 2nd single release of the ‘upcoming’ LP project (yet to be named but possibly titled 8 BALL) by the HeeBee GeeBees. Though they have been described as light hearted, humorous and goofy at times, well here you go with a little brach off towards the serious, sort of. Still keeping to the basic drive of Guitar, Bass, Drums,
Saxophone, with a little studio magic they fill out this little ‘Pool Shot’ of a Tune. “We hope this tune translates to eventual peace and relaxing” says Sax, guitarist, song writer John F. Riddell of the group. “I wrote this particular tune while on vacation (summer 2016) up in CT where my wife’s family is. It’s always a good trip and one of the only times I get to forget about every day business and it’s responsibilities. I always take a guitar, and though I didn’t play a ton on this trip (with the exception of a crowd who wanted more and more at Anne & Bob’s house) I did write a couple tunes, and this is one I wrote with the HeeBee GeeBees in mind. Heck, about half was written in the car while making the 1,400 mile drive. Driving is also a nice mindless, yet sometimes productive, little thing in
life that I enjoy.” Riddell says he hopes, though a somewhat serious song, the hopefulness and peace of times it was written in will be a strong take away for others hearing this song. In their 1st single “Whoop My Bottom”, I said I couldn’t wait to see what is next. Well after hearing this track, I must admit, I have to say once again, can’t wait to see what’s next!
Johnny F / CMC Records / October 2016
3) Definition of Love / Song Writer F. Riddell / Publishing (BMI)
The HeeBee GeeBees 3rd release, "Definition of Love" also noted as "Round and Round and Round", is a little quirky 'love' song. It roves from relationship, to street, to church; and back. The song opens with a tail of how differently a man and woman often see love. Then it takes that same theme, and move from street folks to religious leaders, and speaks of how that "difference" can really be anywhere, between anyone. This tune was tested live by writer "F. Riddell" before the tune made it to the studio with the HeeBee GeeBees. It works well, even acoustically, as a blues jam type song. Well, that is right in the round house of the HeeBee GeeBees.
“Definition of Love" is the 3rd release by the HeeBee GeeBees. They took the riff in the beginning, and sort of wanted to treat it like the old Nancy Sinatra tune "These Boots were made for Walking". They tried in the studio with several mixes with only Bass Guitar, and it just wasn't cutting it. So came the guitar doubling with the Bass with a little analog Delay mixed in. That seemed to give it the "definition" it needed, pun intended. Beyond that it was just sort of catching a good groove, and then the only other challenge was where to take the lead. Guitar was attempted, as well as saxophone, to no avail of feeling good about it. Then the thought of getting a gritty sounding harmonica with some analog delay touching it up was considered. A couple of passes and it was done form the most part. "As always, we wish we had a large budget to do our recordings" said band member Frazier Riddell, "but as always, we just do the best we can with what we got." After hearing this 3rd release, I must admit, I have to say once again, can’t wait to see what’s next!
Johnny F / CMC Records / December 2016
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