Johnny

Heartache is a very unique song and stands out from the rest, from the mood to the sound effects. The intro reminds me of a Mexican spaghetti western, where Clint is an ex-sheriff turned outlaw who's come back to clean up the town! This song belongs on a movie soundtrack.

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Danielle BourgeoisComment
Clint

The chorus melody line for Heartache hit me one day while I was out working in the yard. It was as clear as crystal and I stopped what I was doing and went inside and put my hands on a guitar so I wouldn’t forget. Inspiration is funny that way.

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Danielle BourgeoisComment
Jay

Clint brought this one in with the music more or less finished, but he fiddled with the lyrics right up to the day he recorded his vocal parts. We did a demo of the song that was actually pretty good, it had the intro worked out as well, pretty much the way you hear it on the finished version. At some point we decided to tack part of the intro on to the end of the song, like someone had changed the radio dial and the song was playing on a different station.

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Danielle BourgeoisComment
Danny

We had so much fun adding the crickets, and we added the rooster crowing originally as a joke for my wife, who loves chickens.  It was an inside joke. The rooster was not supposed to stay in the mix for the final version, but it was so funny when we added it, and then over time we kind of got used to it being there. 

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Marty

We went back and forth on how much gap to put between this intro and the first downbeat of the song, and it ended up being quite a bit. That's where the rooster came in. It worked great in the studio, and we had quite the laugh on it. When it came down to the final mix, however, some of us were getting cold (chicken) feet.... somehow it managed to survive.

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Danielle BourgeoisComment
Clint

I was stunned and amazed at how well the crickets and rooster sounds worked on Heartache. During the recording and mix down process I expected those to be taken out.  Negative, ghost-rider - much to my surprise, they weren’t, but it worked. I’m pretty sure I need to appreciate my bandmates a little more. Sometimes their vision far outstretches mine.

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Danielle BourgeoisComment
Johnny

  Clint wasn’t present at the studio the day I recorded my keyboard parts for Heartache, so I wasn’t sure what he wanted. I recorded two different “sounds” for the choruses – a Hammond B3 organ and also an accordion. Both sounded great but I figured Clint would pick one and we’d discard the other one. But then we forgot about it and the guy who did our initial mixes didn’t know what to do with these two very different sounds, so he used the organ for the first half of each chorus, then faded it out and used the accordion in the second half of each chorus. That was NOT what we intended, but it sounded great so we left it that way.

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Danielle BourgeoisComment
Marty

The real challenge for me was working out the “back and forth” lead guitar parts. This is always fun in our live shows, and Clint and I were pretty keen on working in some harmony guitar parts, and trading licks. We would write the parts between sessions and teach them to each other just before the recording started. If we didn't record it right then, we would surely forget before the next session! I think it turned out great, if not exactly spontaneous.

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Jay

The percussion on this song is the icing on the cake. Danny did a great job. And I love the dual guitar solos ending in the harmony part, which is becoming a signature part of our sound. We had more fun recording this song than any of them, and the recording process was really a collective effort. Lots of fun and lots of laughs on this one!

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