Friday November 15, 2019
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SD349 - I Think About You

SD349 I Think About You

 

This 1996 single by country artist Collin Raye peaked at #3 on the Billboard List of Hot Country Songs. Written by Don Schlitz, Steve Seskin and Julian Williams, the singer is reminded of his young daughter any time he sees a woman being treated with disrespect. It’s a powerful song; anyone who’s raised a daughter can easily relate to the message. The singing call was arranged and the MIDI instruments played by producer Pat Carnathan, who also sang the lead vocal. Mike Haworth lent his extensive vocal talents to the backup vocals. The amazing Jim “Jimmy Mac” MacDonald not only played all the guitar parts, but he engineered and mixed the song as well.

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SD350 - Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight

SD350 Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight

 

Another tip of the hat to the late Eddie Rabbitt, this country shuffle was written by the songwriting team of David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt and Even Stevens and released in 1981. The songs starts with some spooky background vocals, and the lyrics imply that “love” is sneaking around in the dark attempting to steal someone’s heart. As always, Mike Haworth’s spot-on vocals enrich the tune while arranger, keyboardist and producer Pat Carnathan sings the lead. Jim “Jimmy Mac” MacDonald’s guitar work is, as usual, amazing, but it’s his engineering work that makes this new Shakedown tune truly remarkable.

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SD351 - My Baby's Got Good Timing

SD351 My Baby's Got Good Timing

 

This 1984 tune from the late Dan Seals peaked at #2 and was the second single from his album, San Antonio. It’s got a catchy lyrical hook, and callers will find it very easy to sing. As usual, Shakedown flat-out nailed the original song, and stunning background vocals by Mike Haworth really set this song apart. There’s a key change at the closer, and all but the band’s rhythm section backs out for the first 32 beats giving the caller a great opportunity to sing along with Mike’s backups. Recorded at the Bedroom Studios in Menifee, California, the MIDI arrangement and keyboards are the work of Pat Carnathan. Jim MacDonald’s guitar and engineering make this a showpiece tune.

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SD352 - Roll the Dice

SD352 Roll the Dice

 

It’s no secret that the owner-producer of Shakedown Records, Pat Carnathan, is a huge Ronnie Milsap fan. This tune is the seventh Milsap tune to make it into the Shakedown catalog. This song was never released as a single, but it was track six on the album “Stranger Things Have Happened”. Pat’s always loved this song, but it needed something to really make the song stand out… And it was Mike Haworth’s background vocals once again. Another production out of the Bedroom Studios in Menifee, this song features a MIDI arrangement and keyboards by Pat Carnathan, with guitar work and engineering by Jim MacDonald. It’s a hard-core rhythm-and-blues country rocker that’s sure to rock the house!

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SD353 - She's Taken a Shine

SD353 She's Taken a Shine

 

This sweet country love song was penned by Greg Barnhill and Richard Bach and released by John Berry in 1996. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song tells a story about a girl named Rosie who began to blossom when a man named Jessie started to frequent her diner. The song was produced by Pat Carnathan, who charted the singing call and played keyboards. The amazing Jim MacDonald added not only multiple guitar tracks, but some butter-smooth background vocals to augment the stunning lead vocal by Hunter Keller.

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