10,000 Miles

I wrote this blog post a couple days after getting back from tour, but never quite got around to editing it close enough to post it. Post-tour exhaustion is a real thing. Anyway, here is the last blog post from our first national tour.

The last few days have been a whirlwind. We played our show in Albuquerque on the 19th, and at 10:30 started our long journey homeward. It is a 21 hours of driving from Albuquerque to Portland. Apart from a 2-hour stint near Arches National Park in Utah where we slept for a tick, we drove all the way there and made it to Chris Benson’s by 12:30 am Sunday morning.

Later that morning, we went to Cannon Beach. I cannot really describe how amazing it feels to be in sub-80 temperatures, listening to waves crash. I got to wear a jacket for the first time in weeks, and it was amazing. Dillan and I stepped out of the car and felt the cool Pacific air on our faces, and suddenly realized that we were home.


Since leaving for tour and coming back, we’ve developed a few lists of things that are either super awesome or not awesome at all while you are traveling. I thought I’d include them here at the conclusion of this trip, possibly for you, and also for me next time we go on tour. Lol.

Things you should definitely bring with you

when you are planning to be gone for longer than two weeks:

  1. An air mattress. We didn’t bring one with us, so we wound up buying one. Air mattresses are awesome because unlike sleeping pads, they totally deflate, allowing more space for all your other stuff. They’re also just all around great to separate you from the ground. That is never a bad thing.
  2. Comfortable shoes. I invested in Birkenstocks before I left, and I wore them every day, all day. Because of which, I never experienced foot or back pain. Those may have been the best personal investment I’ve made in quite some time.
  3. Hand sanitizer. Really you should carry hand sanitizer with you anyway, but when far from home, this will save your bacon. As many gas pumps, door knobs, condiment bottles and other objects thousands of people touch on a regular basis you get to have contact with on this trip, it is worth it to sanitize every once in awhile.
  4. Oatmeal. Or some other super bland breakfast food. While on a long trip, you have very little control over what you are eating, and if you are going out a lot, there will be a lot of rich breakfast options. It’s really nice to bring something with you that doesn’t require any refrigeration or upkeep, just in case you wind up wanting something familiar. Whenever I got a chance to make my own breakfast, I always made oatmeal and every time I loved it.

Things you don’t really need to bring with you

when traveling longer than 2 weeks:

  1. A lot of clothes. You never need more than 6 short sleeve shirts. You never need more than one swimsuit. You never need more than two pairs of shorts. A bunch of clothes means a lot to carry around and when you’re on the road, that becomes super annoying super fast. It’s way better to wash your clothes, than to carry around more than you need. 
  2. Anything for that matter, for which you think “I might need this.” Literally you can buy anything you might need when you need it (except in the case of a first aid kit and other emergency kits. Definitely bring those.) But that yoga mat, or extra hairspray bottle? That stuff takes up space, and you don’t want to navigate your way around stuff you don’t need one and a half months into a trip

Things that cost a lot of money

you don’t really think about in the beginning:

  1. Tires…we wound up buying three on the road, which adds up. Also you will be charged extra for services and other things. Count on paying over a hundred dollars each time.
  2. Tolls. There are a crap ton of tolls in Illinois and New York State. The closer you get to New York City, the more expensive they become. We spent over a hundred dollars in tolls. We didn’t expect that, but we will next time.

Blessings on the road:

  1. A clean bathroom. O-M-G. When you are staying in someone’s house and you go into the bathroom to take a shower and the area is clean enough, you don’t have to worry about 1. Foot fungus, 2. diseases, 3. bugs, then we will sing your praises for the rest of our lives. Clean bathrooms are few and far between on the road, and when we found one, we got really excited.
  2. Homemade, healthy meals. This is a big one. There is a long standing rumor going around that musicians love pizza and beer, and we do! But when we’re on tour, away from consistency in our bedding situations, our nutrition and exercise, we also love vegetables and fruit. So. Much. One of the best memories I have of this tour is when we got to sit down to a homemade meal, and sit with our hosts and talk around the table.
  3. Air conditioning. I don’t think Dillan and I would have survived without air conditioning. We come from Hobbiton so when we experienced Mordor heat, we really loved that air conditioning.


Final Notes

This trip was everything we hoped it possibly could be. We left home totally unsure what we would find. Total and complete failure? Potentially. Adventure? Definitely. People will tell you that you should take risks in life, but once you go to take the first big jump, it can be pretty daunting when you consider that you might not fly but fall, and fall hard.

Jump anyway.

What we actually found once we left was immense kindness, the kind that looks out for a total stranger, we also found immeasurable generosity, not just financial generosity but also generosity with one’s time and personal space, and we found a ton of friendship. We found friends everywhere. It didn’t matter where we were, whether we were in New York City, Little Rock, or Minneapolis…no matter where we went, regardless of political climate or the latest local news, we always found amazing people. That has been the theme of this trip for us and we are so excited to plan the next one!

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7,800 Miles

So Oklahoma is waaaaay different then either of us thought it would be. Being from Washington, when I thought of Oklahoma, I thought of one of these two images:

Needless to say, Oklahoma, like every other state, is no longer in the Great Depression and while they do have an occasional tornado, slightly less than 4 million people live there, and have lived there for a long time. Oklahoma is actually a really beautiful place, made more beautiful by the lovely people who live there.

While we were there, we stayed with Robert and Lisa Keeley, of Keeley Electronics, and man, do they know how to take care of people. For our concert at their house, they threw a company pool party. We played in the pool, ate some delicious barbecue, and then got up and played. It was delightful.


A couple days later, we drove over to Tulsa to play a show for Creation Music Company. Tulsa is a fun place to be. There are art museums, cool restaurants and great coffee.

This machine kills fascists 😲 #tulsalife

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Oklahoma is dang hot, but as we’ve moved west from South Carolina, we’ve found the relative decrease in humidity makes the heat more and more manageable. Oklahoma was hot, but I never felt like I was drowning in the open air, so that’s a bonus.

By the end of our stay in OKC, we had started to forget we were in Oklahoma at all, we had made so many friends there. Most places can start feeling like home if you are surrounded by friends. We’ve had the blessing of feeling at home in many different places as we travel around the country. But it was time to move on, Albuquerque was calling us.

It’s an 8 hour drive from OKC to Albuquerque, and you feel the majority of it in Texas. I once heard a story about the drive through Texas and how the roads are so straight, you could fall asleep while driving and if your tire alignment is good, you could wake up and still be driving on the road. Up until two days ago, I thought that was an exaggeration. No. It isn’t. We drove four hours through northern Texas and I think we hit a slight turn twice. Don’t worry though, we didn’t test the ‘sleep through Texas’ theory.

We made it to Albuquerque, and were immediately met with kindness and hospitality. I don’t know why, but we are always surprised when people turn out to be awesome. We were doubly excited to learn that Albuquerque feels like the west. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but there is a marked difference between the west, the midwest, the east and the south. There are subcultures within them obviously, but each region has a feel, and Albuquerque feels more like home than any place we’ve visited in a long time. I don’t know…it could also be that it feels like home because we crossed over a mountain range to get here :/

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6,050 Miles


Leaving New York City was significantly less expensive than entering into it, and less eventful. Neither Dillan nor I had ventured north of New York State and we were excited to see some New England sights. We got to Plymouth, expecting pilgrim-ey things, and we were not disappointed. I actually really love that city, partly because of the cool old buildings and immense history, but also because it was the first time in weeks that we weren’t submerged in incredible heat and humidity. It was the closest to comfortable I’ve been since leaving home and it felt amazing.

We played that night for the Guitar Pedal Shoppe’s soft opening in downtown Plymouth. The guys from CopperSound Pedals came to see us and we had a grande old time, getting to know everybody and learning the differences between Boston and Seattle culture (we have more in common than you might expect).

@witherowmusic live right now at the all new @guitarpedalshoppe in downtown #PlymouthMA ! #MusicIsMedicine #GearTalk

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That night, our friend Ric and his family let us stay at their bed and breakfast. Once again, this was amazing. There is simply no comparison at all between sleeping in the back of the Fiesta and having your own bed, which is what we would have done had it not been for Ric and Liz’s generosity. We felt like kings, and slept like them too.

The next morning, after we got all our stuff together, we went downstairs to sit at the breakfast table and out came Liz with pancakes and bacon for us. We are so grateful to them for their immeasurable generosity.

The next two days were big driving days, in which we landed momentarily in Pennsylvania to visit Ben Nystrom and then drove to South Carolina. It sounds so smooth when I say it like that, but sadly, it wasn’t so easy. We woke up on a lazy day in Pennsylvania, and as we took our stuff out to the car, we noticed the back right tire was flat.

So we pulled all our stuff out and switched out the flat for the spare tire and drove to the Ford Dealership in Hershey. (That is right, Hershey, as in chocolate-for-days-Hershey’s-candy). It took three hours to figure out what all we needed to get us back on the road. We wound up having to buy two new tires and getting our oil changed. So we didn’t get moving on our 9 hour drive to South Carolina until 3PM.

There were flash floods, and accidents and a whole assortment of slow downs on our way down there, but we finally made it to Philippes house with no marks or bruises that weren’t there before.

Staying with Philippe was a dream come true. We got to sleep in, hang out, eat good food, snuggle cats and befriend his nearly 2-year old  son RJ. We could relax there about as much as we could at home, and that was an amazing feeling.

A few things about South Carolina and the south that we didn’t expect:

  1. The bugs are huge.
  2. The heat is truly oppressive.


We saw our first cicadas in South Carolina. Dillan thinks they’re nasty. I think they’re amazing, although I wouldn’t want to touch one…

We stayed with Philippe for several days and then went west to Clinton, Tennessee. Tennessee is a beautiful state, especially eastern Tennessee, with the Smoky Mountains stretching out for miles. The mist coming up off the rivers and deciduous trees draping our windy road took my breath away.

The national park reminded Dillan and I a lot of home, except 30 degrees warmer and adding 40% humidity to the mix. Still, it is a lovely place. We will definitely be going back there, probably closer to autumn, as opposed to the dead of summer.

Last night we played in Nashville. Like New York City, playing in Nashville is a rite of passage. You get so anxious for shows like that, but once you play them, you have the confidence to go back. Once you do it, you can do it again, and again, and again.

This tour has been really eye-opening for Dillan and I on so many levels. Everyday holds encouragement for us. We can take on a two month long tour, play shows often and make new friends in different regions of the US. Our band really is good enough to join ranks with other touring bands. We just had to get our stuff together and do it.

The hardest part of any daring venture is getting up the courage to try. I’m so glad we’re trying 🙂


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4,200 Miles


Well, we all knew this time would come. It is nearly time to change the oil in the ol’ Ford Fiesta. The people at the dealership told us again and again that it only needs changing every 5,000 miles so we are putting a lot of faith in them and it’s worked out so far.

We left Indianapolis in a slight rush, awesome as it was to stay with Roger and Gia, partially because I was getting slightly homesick and I have family in Niagara Falls, and partially because we wanted to avoid the craziness of the RNC in Cleveland (we did avoid it btw, all we saw of it were billboards with the FBI’s phone number on them, in case we were to see something of the terrorism persuasion). I say slight rush, because we initially intended to stay another night with the Coopers, but chose instead to drive through the night to Niagara Falls and sleep at my cousins house once we got there. We left Indianapolis at 9pm, and arrived in Niagara Falls at 6am, and promptly slept until 2 in the afternoon.

It was a glorious sleep. I don’t remember feeling tired at all once I woke from it, but we did go down to the actual falls once we got moving, so I don’t know if I had a real chance to feel drowsy.

Niagara Falls from a safe distance

My cousin and her family took us to Cave of the Winds, which is the full experience of the falls from land (as opposed to Maid of the Mist, which is experiencing it from a boat). As you can see, I opted not to wear the traditional poncho they give you, as it was 90 degrees and I was excited to get some relief.

Niagara Falls from a less safe distance

All I can say is, I got what I came for.

We had a fun few days with my family in Niagara Falls, in which we visited the Falls several times, watched a country cover band play probably the hottest show they will every play (and when I say hot, I don’t mean sexy, I mean holy-hell-the-Sun-may-burn-us-alive-standing-here hot), we went to see the new Star Trek together, and we played a show!

It was actually a really special show for me, because my family was all there who had never seen me sing live before. Cicadas sang with us through the entirety of the performance, which added a really nice organic feel to the whole thing. I wish we had a recording of it, because it really was quite something.

My cousin has two dogs living in her house, a fox hound named Flash, who will visit the bar down the street on occasion and apparently runs up a tab, and the biggest chihuahua I’ve ever seen who goes by the name Poppy. Neither Flash nor Poppy were allowed to watch the concert, but Poppy still found a way to show his support. I love that dog.


The day after our show in Niagara Falls, we had a show lined up in Rochester. That show turned out to be a little bit different from our normal shows, because we wound up playing with three other bands. We had a great time. Later that evening, Dillan and I found ourselves at an abandoned warehouse in downtown Rochester, where we recorded a couple videos with Adventure Audio’s pedals. Christian, the owner of said pedal company is helping out to convert the warehouse into what is going to be the most amazing recording studio in Rochester. With the sounds we got out of it, we can’t wait to see what comes out of it when it’s finished. I’d show you a video, but I’m waiting on the audio, once I get it, I’ll post a video.

The next day, Dillan and I put on our adult pants and drove to New York City. That city is not for the faint of heart, period, but it is especially daunting when one is driving through it. And then there was the small matter that we wound up driving through it in a flash flood. I can’t really tell you how wonderful it was to get to our friend Sam’s apartment in Queens, and upon walking into his apartment, sopping wet and arms full of bags and gear, I smelled a  homemade meal. Good grief. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Sam would be humble and tell you it wasn’t a big deal, but it was marvelous and we were so happy for it.

While visiting New York City, we only drove in and out of it. We took the train everywhere we needed to go while there which was much less stressful, although I’ll tell you, waiting for the train at the station in late July is an extremely uncomfortable experience. You stand and wait, breathe in and feel the slight ache as hot, wet air enters your lungs and start to think you might have some idea what it’s like to be a smoker. I’m probably exaggerating, but for real, the heat there is no joke.


Eating lunch on the roof.

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New York City was truly, very hot the next couple of days, even for born New Yorkers, but especially for we Washingtonians. At ~90 degrees and 90% humidity, we had to sweat it out, but we walked 20 miles in 48 hours. We went everywhere we could think to go: Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Times Square, Washington Square Park, the Nintendo Store, Rockefeller Center, and of course a fun little shop that had true blue New York Pizza. Dillan and I thought we might try to compare New York Pizza to Chicago Pizza and tell you which one is our favorite, but they really are super different. You have to try them both.


We wound up singing randomly (or not so randomly 😉 in Washington Square Park. It was super fun!

While in NYC, we played a house show in Brooklyn, where some of New York’s up and coming latest and greatest musicians and actors came to give us a listen. There is a bit of a ratio of greatness when it comes to musicians and where they choose to live/play. You know, like how good is a musician who lives in Seattle vs. a musician who lives in Phoenix. But New York, LA and Nashville are the big ones. Those are the cities where the really great musicians live because they can afford to live there with music as their main gig. Needless to say, Dillan and I were both a little bit anxious to play for true New York artists, but it turned out everyone was super nice and we made more friends that night than we could have hoped for.

The state of New York treated us so well. We ate delicious food, we played awesome shows, and we made some amazing new friends. We are so excited to plan out our next tour so we can come back and play there again!


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3,100 Miles


The last few days have been pretty interesting weather-wise. Dillan and I had planned to camp all the days we weren’t staying with friends but the last couple days there have been magnificent storms all night, so we’re inventing ways to sleep in the car. The first night, we just slept in the front, but last night we took all the stuff out of the back and stacked it all in the front seats so we could lay down in the back. The rain poured, the lightning struck, the thunder clapped, but Dillan and I were safe and warm in a little Ford Fiesta, tucked away in an Indiana rest stop.

Minneapolis was a dream. While we were there, we stayed with Joel Korte and his family, who are lovely people. We stopped by Chase Bliss Audio, to record some videos for them.

And then, because Joel and Kelly Korte are legitimately the best people ever, they took us down to downtown Minneapolis for a show. It was located at a small listening venue, but the show was lovely. I don’t know if you guys have heard of Adam Svec, but you should check him out. He sounds like the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, but with a bit more drama to his vocals. It was great, and we loved it.

Since leaving Minneapolis, we spent some time in Wisconsin, getting to know the various types of cheese. I used to work in a tea and toast shop, where I learned a lot about various types of cheeses: soft, soft-rind, hard, aged…you name it, I probably learned about it. But I had never seen so many cheeses available in a gas station before. We got enough cheese curds to last us for three days for five dollars…and it was amazing. We also tried on cheese hats, which was even more amazing.

From Wisconsin, we drove to Chicago, where we both experienced true deep dish pizza for the first time. Chicago is different than I expected it to be. The drivers drive about 20mph faster than I expected, and their city front is way more beautiful than I’d ever thought. We drove through it an hour before sunset, so the whole city glowed gold. It was pretty magical.

We kept driving that night, and wound up at a rest stop 60 miles west of Indy, where we first experimented with piling all our stuff in the front of the car, so we could lay down in the back. It was remarkably successful. Even though Dillan is 6’4″ and I am 5’9 1/2″, we slept alright, we weren’t drenched and we hadn’t lost any money, so we were feeling pretty good.

We made it to Indianapolis. We played two shows there, one was significantly more populated than the other, but both were fun in there own way. I learned about the very real truth that I might run into poison ivy, and that getting lost in a corn field is something that could actually happen to you if you aren’t careful. I hadn’t realized how many dangers there are in Indiana, but I have to say the people there, at least the people we stayed with, are lovely. After sleeping in a car for a couple days, I was looking forward to sleeping somewhere that was solidly connected to the ground, but I didn’t expect our friends to give up their bed and sleep in their kids room. This kind of hospitality, I had never seen before. Actually sacrificing some of their comfort for my benefit in such a real way was really moving, and after days of transient living, it allowed me to sleep better than I had in quite some time.

These people, Roger and Gia Cooper, have three great kids. Their oldest, Lucy, is nine, and loves doing gymnastics in the house. She see’s the world through a wonderful lens, full of adventure, fun and kindness. I’ve never seen a braver child than Lucy, nor one so full of hope. Their next oldest, Teddy, is seven. This kid is the grande entertainer, the parkour master, and emcee. If there is something to be seen, Teddy is in the middle of it. And their youngest, London, is two. We love London. She is the most emotive kid I’ve ever seen. She has opinions about most things, but she danced to our music, which is high praise from any two year old, I have to tell you. We also got good reviews from Chase (Joel Korte’s little boy), who laid down in his dad’s lap and watched us for a full song and a half.

We’ve since left Indiana, but we will miss our friends there. We have a show tonight in Niagara Falls. I’ll let you know how that goes later, but it’s been a while since my last post, and I want to keep you guys updated 🙂


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2,300 Miles


This week has been crazy. I thought I’d have this post done and dusted by last Saturday but 2300 miles later, I’m finally getting around to it. Don’t get me wrong, this trip has been awesome, just crazy and awesome.

In the last week, we’ve driven from our little Peninsula town to Minneapolis, MN. We’ve camped in Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons, visited Mt. Rushmore, Wall Drug and the Badlands, and now I’m sitting in a coffeeshop super reminiscent of some of my old stomping grounds in the U-District in Seattle, thinking to myself, “are we really in Minnesota?”

Yes, yes we are.

Dillan and I have done some traveling together before this trip, but up until now we’d never camped on our own with our own agenda. It’s been a totally new experience, figuring out how to fit all the stuff we’re going to need for two months in Dillans Ford Fiesta, Tetris-style. (We definitely took the back seats out, I don’t think we could have done it otherwise), how to avoid bear visits while camping in the Rocky Mountains, and how to prepare food at rest stops (it is a meticulous process, washing strawberries in a drinking fountain, but we did it and we left the place cleaner than it was when we got there).

We’ve already had some shenanigans on our travels. At one rest stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming, very late at night, we realized the bathrooms had remarkable reverb. Everything we said sounded better inside the bathroom because the acoustics were just awesome, so we decided to record something in one, thinking nobody would come in, as it was close to 1 in the morning.

You can see how that turned out, but good acoustics are so rare, and you have to take them where you can find them. (Sorry for the peaking audio: we didn’t have time to dial in, as we were in a random bathroom).

It’s been one big adventure so far. Complete with breathtaking views and late night drives. But it’s still just the beginning, and we are so excited for the rest of it.

Dillan and I at Old Faithful

Sunset at the Grand Tetons

The Tetons, the moon and the two of us.
The Tetons, the moon and the two of us.
Dillan in the Badlands
Me in the Badlands
Dillan and I in the Badlands
Dillan and I in the Badlands





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The Tour is On!

This tour will be legend – wait for it – dary. Legendary!

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Here it is. The first picture from the first show of our first national tour. It was an awesome show, with all our friends at it to send us off.

This is Port Angeles. It is a small town composed of a little over 19,000 people. Dillan and I were both born and raised here, we formed our first friendships here, got our first breaks here, and met each other here (oddly we met as adults, but that’s a different story). And these are the people who watched us grow, people who attended our talent shows in our awkward middle school years, people who believed in us when we were discouraged and picked us up when we fell.

There is a lot to be said for doing things on your own, but you can only get so far without the support of the people around you. These people have walked with us through our lows, and celebrated with us in our highs, which leads us to last nights show. Dillan and I practiced for hours, days and weeks to get ready for this tour. We designed t-shirts and totes, we booked every single show we’re going to play, and it was very purposeful that we started everything at our favorite coffee shop in our hometown. My family was there, Dillan’s family was there, our neighbors, teachers, students and friends were all there.

It is the best way to start anything, remembering where you’ve been, and it is only from here that we can move forward with the support of everybody here, at home.

And forward we will go!

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Deconstructing the Meteore in Witherow’s Human Nature

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When listening to an effect like reverb in full band context, sometimes the immense effect it has on the mix can be forgotten. Here we decided to break down our cover of “Human Nature”, giving a bunch of examples of what Caroline Guitar Company effects were used, where we used them, and what settings we used. The Meteore was our main focus, but we got some delightful sounds from a few others as well. Hope you enjoy the deconstruction.


Clean Lead

Initially we used a heavy delay on the kilobyte to get a U2 sound, but found it was hurting other aspects of the arrangement. Our response was a simple light reverb from the Meteore that didn’t place the main melody further back in the mix, so it could be quiet and still be heard.

Settings for Clean Lead


Clean Rhythm

On the clean rhythm track we were sure to turn the mix up on the Meteore to let some of that nice heavy reverby sound shine(still quieter than the main guitar part). We really liked that from the original version of the song and John Mayer’s tribute at Michael Jackson’s memorial service.

Settings for Clean Rhythm

1st Solo

Here we used the same settings as the clean lead section of the song. We wanted the reverb to last a long time, but for the attack of the Meteore not to get in the way of the main lead line, so we turned the mix down slightly.

Settings for the 1st Solo


Here we added the haymaker on setting A (mainly pushing the amp to bring at our output levels) to bring out the harmonics on a separate track.

Settings for the Harmonics


Dillan using the havoc switch
We loved the sounds Meteore can make on its own with the havoc switch, so we took that as a starting point, then added a lot of reverb in the box to give it a good space in the mix.

2nd Solo

Meteore settings for the 2nd solo
Initially we used the same reverb settings as we did for the first solo, but with the really rich saturation gained from the Haymaker on setting A. We decided that we wanted even more Meteore in this lead line, so we sent the recorded signal back through the Meteore with the settings in the second picture for even more of that gooey reverb.

Settings for the 2nd lead

Chorus Vocals

Kilobyte settings for vocals
Here we used the Kilobyte on both of the vocals independently to get the iconic vocal delay that is in the original recording of Human Nature, then held the havoc switch on Abby’s vocals at the end, causing her vocal delay to self oscillate and twisted the time knob to  sweep the pitch up. It was a prank Dillan pulled on the mixing engineer, but we liked it and kept it. We actually added the havoc to her voice at the end of the first chorus as well, just with no pitch slap.

3rd Solo

Wavecannon Mkii into Haymaker is pretty incredible sounding.

The first picture is for the first half, and the second picture is for the second half of the solo. The first half of the solo uses the Wavecannon Mkii into the Haymaker to create a high gain Haymaker sound. The second half takes off the gain to get a good sonic look at what was going on with the delays and reverbs.

The harmony halfway through the main lead is on the bridge pickup, and the main lead is on the middle pickup of the strat. We used those pickup variations to get different sounds out of the same settings.

First Half:

Settings for the first half of the 3rd solo

Second Half:

Settings for the second half of the 3rd solo

Overdriven Rhythm

The Meteore is pretty light here, just to give the guitar a good space in the mix. The Haymaker on setting A is gold.

Settings for overdriven rhythm

Bass Intro Swells

Here Jason used a volume pedal into the Kilobyte and Meteore to get really nice swells to fill out all of our crazy reverse sounds in the intro.

Settings for bass intro swells

Reverse Sounds

With auto pan and a really light in the box reverb, this sounds like it didn’t come from a guitar, but if we take those effects off, you’ll hear what we actually recorded.

Un-reversed Sounds

Intentionally using basic pentatonic scales in strange staccato patterns with a fair amount of Haymaker, Kilobyte, and Meteore, we just reverse this to get a crazy synth sounding reverse. Magic!


Settings for the reverse sounds

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Sara B meets Katy Perry

I had to add some @katyperry to the @sarabareilles #minicovermonday! @abbygailmae is the best. What song should we do next?

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I’ve always loved Sara Bareilles. The love of her and her songs has been with me since 2007, and my favorite song of hers is ‘King of Anything’. Dillan has always loved Katy Perry, and her song ‘Firework’ in particular. This is what happens when we can’t decide which to do first. Lol. Let us know what you’d like to hear from us next Monday! We love hearing your ideas.

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Let It Go

This girl can saang #minicovermonday

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Dillan and I decided to start this new thing on Instagram, where we are going to learn a cover every week and post it on Instagram every Monday. We’re calling it mini-cover Monday (original, no? 😉 )

Anyway, this week we learned a snippet of Let it Go by James Bay. On our way down to California, we bought a bunch of new albums and his was one of them. We popped it in just as we passed Salem, Oregon. We wended through green fields, passing herds of sheep and small towns, foothills and some truly breathtaking views. It was the perfect record to pair with Southern Oregon.

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