hamiltonpoolhall 15


Austin USA   Jan 2012

Artist Bio

Influences:   The Beatles, Mose Allison, James Booker, Ry Cooder, Guy Van Duser, B.B. King, Mark Knopfler, John Hurt, Dylan...oy, lists like this make my head hurt. And it's all dudes. Well - record by record, here are some other favorites: Suzanne Vega (Suzanne Vega & Solitude Standing), Joan Armatrading (To The Limit), k.d. lang (Absolute Torch and Twang), Shawn Colvin (A Few Small Repairs), Carla Bley (Heavy Heart).

FAWM #6. I love, love, love FAWM. Every year I wonder how I'll possibly make time for it, and wish I could think about nothing else for the month, and this year is no different. Somehow, I get the songs written. I hope that happens again this time. I got a new record out in 2015, and 7 of the songs came from FAWMs past, which is pretty satisfying. This year I'm playing in a band with another guitarist/songwriter, trading off tunes, so I'm especially motivated to come up with things the band will think are cool and fun to play, and to have more stuff that seems to fit the general vibe of the band. It's pretty much of a stupid guitar blowout, [but / and therefore] absurdly fun. Meanwhile, I've been listening to The Band's Live at the Academy of Music and wanting to take the simpler structures I tend towards and build them out more in terms of choruses and bridges and such. Sometimes I already do, and sometimes I just feel like I've gotten it said in the verses so why overstate things? But that's one of my aims this time.

That, and, as ever, commenting and collaborating more. I squeaked over the Centurion line last year but there were still tons of songs by favorite FAWMers of mine I never got to commenting on, and FAWMers with whom I likewise would have liked to have collaborated with further (or at all). Collaboration is not really in my genes but when I've done it here it's brought a whole new dimension to the FAWM experience. This is more than I ever write in my profile. Better save some words for the songwriting to come.

Geek Notes: I've gotten questions about my recording setup over the past several FAWMs which, as a latecomer to that side of things, I find flattering in the extreme. I moved studios last May, and it turns out the room I was in until then had a whole lot more to do with how things were sounding than I had any inkling of. So I'm not sure how things will sound yet this FAWM, as I'm still struggling to get things sounding how I want in the new space. That said, I'm happy to explain what I do, for what it's worth. It's pretty nerdy, but here goes: I'm using a Lauten FC-387 large-diaphragm microphone, into a Shadow Hills Mono GAMA preamp, through an Apogee Symphony interface, into a "trashcan" Mac with Digital Performer. From there, I use (as plugins) a little EQ (cutting the lows around 200 and boosting the highs around 3750), a little compression (a hunt-and-peck process, to be sure) a little room-sounding reverb and a little hall-sounding reverb. I place the microphone about six inches from my face and a couple inches below my mouth so it picks up the vocals and guitar as evenly as possible, and the guitar is a 1956 Martin 00-18 that I feel incredibly lucky to play every time I pick it up.


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  • @scottlake Mar 12

    Tried to follow you on SoundCloud today and the link was kaputt!

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 27

    Or a final collaborative song with a bridge . . .

  • @jessica14  Feb 27

    Thanks for your fun fact 😀 And congrats on 14 songs! Hurray, you made it!

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 27

    Congrats on your win!

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 25

    Thanks for listening to talk, talk, talk. I bumped the guitar/vocal track a few dB to make it a bit louder.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 25

    Thanks for visiting "Lie Down". Glad you liked it. This years FAWM has been heartbreaking for me, just when I had some time to catch up on demos my voice disappeared. I'm scared I'll have lost the vibe by March and won't bother. So your words are encouraging thank you! You know how much I admire what you do. 😀

  • @tcelliott  Feb 25

    You are most welcome for any and all comments I may have made on any or all of your songs. *evil grin* And likewise, thank you for stopping by.

    Also, I see in your soundboard message that you said you had an album of recent release? Is there linkage to such a thing so that a fellow who enjoys what he hears could purchase such a capitalistic thing? I'd be greatly appreciative if you could provide a link to an internet storefront (or other retail space.)

  • @spinhead  Feb 24

    Regarding shorts: no, not at all, though the man can wear anything he wants, eh?

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 24

    Not pedantic at all (and I'm happy to have the lesson!). And with a day job as a professor, I'd be the last to criticize pedantry anyway.

  • @bethdesombre  Feb 24

    Even without the liner notes I got a pretty good sense of who Hank Mobley was from the song -- I think you conveyed him, and his coolness, well.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 24

    Yes, that's what "bitch" reversed sounds like.

  • @songsville  Feb 24

    "magnitude of the controlled looseness" ... wow. In a way it's just a byproduct of bad timing, but I really do aspire to the feel of not-quite-in-time so that is the best musical compliment I have ever had, thanks!

  • @songsville  Feb 24

    Aw shucks, thanks. You've heard the best one though.

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 23

    thanks for the note and info- and yeah, semi-hollow body guitars, with reverb added, are da bees' knees! great you can record thru a real amp live, nice to hear it sounding that way in real time, I'm sure. As for my burst of songs, yeah, I guess politics got me workin overtime again. the ones marked with a 'heart' are probably where you might want to check out first.. I'm liking some of those alot, some of the others are real throwaways.. in other words, a typical fawm! meanwhile, I love what i've heard of yours this year and must hear more!

  • @kingwoodkowboy  Feb 8

    hamiltonpoolhall, Ref steel guitar lyrics - "I wonder if you're thinking of it going in a humorous, upbeat direction or something darker?" This would have to be an upbeat, humorous twang-thang.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 7

    Hey there! You are one of my favourit-est FAWMers so I was chuffed you liked my song. I hope I manage something a bit more classic this month, but I'll take what I can get. Gonna listen while I'm here. 😀

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 7

    Have fun reading the lyrics. They're all quite mad, but some of them are quite short.

  • @oldlostjohn  Feb 4

    Good to have you back too. I was in Austin for a few days in October and I thought it would have been nice to team up for some picking but I had no contact info. And your Soundcloud link is broken, by the way.

  • @mattblick  Feb 3

    Oh man The Band's Live at the Academy of Music is such an awesome record

  • @cmharwood89  Feb 3

    When February rolled around, among the first thoughts through my head was "Gee, I wonder what kinda one-take, virtuosic-fingerpicking goodness is going to come out of @hamiltonpoolhall's corner this year..."

    Not trying to be sycophantic, but thanks for making such fantastic music.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2

    cheers matey I am actually moving accomodation tomorrow as can't listen at the moment and uploads taking 45 mins if i lucky. Ah FAWM and India joys

  • @wistah  Feb 2

    Welcome back! Thanks for note. Hope all is well, and I'm looking forward to hearing your music again this year. Yay FAWM!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2

    Thank you for the wonderful comments. It's tough for me not carrying on a demo fornat through to completion but hopefully I shall get used to it . Cheers

  • @barbara  Feb 1

    So glad you're participating. I really like your music! Have a great FAWM!

  • @zecoop  Feb 1

    Yes..... can't wait to hear your music again. Have a wonderful FAWM!

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 31

    welcome one of my fav fawmers. Bring it on

  • @pcob1993  Jan 30

    Hey bro, you make my heart sing... So delighted to see your name again... Long live the brother and sister hood... Love you man..

  • @resonut123  Jan 30

    Hope to hear some more Hamiltonpoolhall classics this year!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 29

    So glad you are on board!!

  • @mattblick  Jan 29

    You back this year Hammy?

  • @igg  Jan 2017

    Hi There! Good to see you here...