Gimme Twang is The Nashville PieHoles debut project. Released in 2014 in digital form only, it includes the songs Tomboy, Ten Miles In Heels, Gimme Twang, Back To Biloxi and Fixin' To Start and more songs coming soon. Recorded at Ashlane Studio, Max's Cave and H2M Sound Nashville, TN USA. Produced, mixed and mastered by Max Hutchinson at Max's Cave Nashville, TN.
Howie Moscovitch - Guitar, Bass
Max Hutchinson - Drums and Shout Outs
Jonathan Thackray - Bass (On Back To Biloxi)
Michael Pynn - Additional Guitar (On Back To Biloxi)
Annette Barkley - Vocals
Jen Noble - Background Vocal (On Back To Biloxi)
Ed Blach - Guitars, Bass, Background Vocal, keyboard and Pedal Steel (On Gimme Twang) - Guitars and Bass (on Ten Miles In Heels)
Danielle Blakey - Background Vocals (on Ten Miles In Heels)
Billy MacInnis - Fiddle
This was my first time writing with Roger Cook. Roger is a major hit songwriter. He wrote "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" for The Hollies, "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" (The Coca-Cola song), "I Just Want To Dance With You" for George Strait, "Talking In Your Sleep" for Crystal Gayle and the list goes on.
I was a little nervous but we hit it off and growing up a tomboy myself I could relate to this(I know a lot of girls will too). Roger likes to write on ukulele, so when I showed up he was strumming the intro lick on the ukulele. Roger has great memorable melodies. He has a wonderful sense of humor and the best parrot jokes! It was a lot of fun writing with Roger Cook, I really enjoyed it.
There are so many variations of music styles these days so we wanted to pay respect to that pure "Twang" song. Of course we referenced the greatest "Twangers" of all time - Hank and George. This song was recorded by the fabulous and talented pure country artist Steff Nevers from Norway. It is track #9 on his Million Kinds Of Heaven album released in February 2015. Y'all get a copy - it's country to the bone. Thank you Steff!
"Fixin' to start" is a classic Southern expression for PMS. There really is a Geraldine Richter. We hear so many great expressions living in the South, we couldn't resist this one! We had our good buddy Big John Compton make us a video for this song.
The Nashville PieHoles - Biography
This is the story of 3 Canadians. Annette Barkley, Max Hutchinson and Howie Moscovitch who move to Nashville, Tennessee at different times to pursue their music careers. They eventually meet, become friends and collaborate. Each having their own style of music that collectively becomes a retro/twangy-country-punk/hillbilly sound they like to call "Stonesy & Jonesy" forming The Nashville PieHoles on March 14, 2013. On their agenda is: Writing cool songs, performing, recording and having fun! (They also bake wonderful homemade pies.)
Annette Barkley grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada on country and bluegrass music. In 1992 Annette moved out West to Calgary, Alberta Canada. After playing the guitar and writing songs for many years she knew she wanted to be a professional songwriter. In 2001 she drove her 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura three thousand miles to Nashville, TN.
It wasn't until meeting Amanda Williams in 2012, a music professional and mentor who suggested Annette branch out and become an artist herself. Amanda's company SMB (Songwriting and Music Business formerly Hillbilly Culture) educated Annette on how to utilize her platform, brand and work her songs.
Annette has had some of the songs she's written recorded by Universal Artists Steff Nevers and Vanessa Marie Carter as well as artists Brooklyn Roebuck, Kristi Warner, Bob Nobles and Angela Christie.
Howie Moscovitch played in and wrote for an extensive list of bands in Canada. He was a pivotal part of Toronto's Queen Street scene. He has worked with many of Canada's top musicians and recorded and co-produced with Grammy and Juno award winners.
Howie is a skilled and versatile guitarist who is dedicated to his craft and the recipient of several international songwriting awards. Howie made many trips to Nashville, TN writing, playing and making contacts and then moved to Nashville, TN in 2012 and started his own production, mixing and remixing company H2M Sound, specializing in R&B, Pop, Hip Hop and Dance music.
Howie has worked with Paul Scholten at County Q Studio in Nashville and with highly talented Grammy award winner producer Chris Trevett.
Max Hutchinson grew up in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada. He played drums for punk bands in his early years and has an extensive knowledge of all music. After a few years of engineering and producing he held an A&R position for major record label A&M Canada.
He moved to Nashville, TN in 1992 with Canadian icon Anne Murray's company Balmur Music and then plugged songs for legendary hit songwriter Kim Williams. Max started his own company, Valhalla Music over a decade ago located on Music Row in Nashville, TN. Max has had songs recorded by Universal Artists Steff Nevers and Vanessa Marie Carter.
Annette Barkley Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Max Hutchinson Drum/Background Vocals, Howie Moscovitch Lead Guitar, Bob Nobles Electric/Acoustic/Upright Bass/Background Vocal/Bruce Miller Fiddle/Background Vocal
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Pistol Annies, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Ramones, The Cramps, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless, The Rolling Stones
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