Here’s a clip of songwriter David Greer’s first demo with us, finished today.
Based on David’s guitar/vocal rough, we produced two versions, one with Ray, a baritone, singing lead and harmony and a Bob Dylan style harmonica played by Mike Douchette. as the main lead instrument that I thought turned out great, well enough that David’s father thought it was the best song recording he’d ever heard.
But David wanted to hear it with a higher pitched vocal and fiddle instead of harp so this posted version features our singer, Jason. We’ll pick it up coming into the pre-chorus section:
Blake Sheton’s fiddle player, Jenee Fleenor plays both fiddle and mandolin. Other musicians include William Ellis of Montgommery Gentry on drums, Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson on bass guitar, Ron Fairchild of The Oaks on piano and Tom Wellenbacher on guitar who’s played with everyone from B.J. Thomas to Mindy McCreedy, .
“Jesus Help Me One More Time” is © 2015 David Greer. Bill Watson, producer.
Here’s a clip of “Help Me Jesus One More Time” by songwriter David Greer, starting at the pre-chorus section:
We did two versions of this with two different singers. The first featured harmonica, no fiddle but this is the version David decided to go with.
This song is about a guy who’s barely hanging on to the the end of his chain and about a step away from letting go. The original rough was just acoustic guitar and vocal but I thought a real laid back soulful treatment, musically speaking, would be the right thing for the vocalist, Jason, to really pour his heart into. I suggested to Jason that he dredge up his most desperate moment and literally cup his face in his hands prior to starting the vocal session to get in the right frame of mind. And I suggested William play the drums and I’d play the bass much like “The Band” would do this song- laid back, a little loose. William, who has schooled himself in styles, drummers and such immediately replied “Levon Helm” (drummer for The Band) and I knew he was on the right track. I believe we got the three-piece rhythm track (drums, bass, rhythm guitar) on the very first take with a quick fix or two. The remainder was overdubs.
I don’t know if this song will make it to Christian radio or not but it should, just about everyone who worked on it thought it was exceptional. If it does then I’ll post the complete version start to finish. -b.e. watson
Piano: Ron Fairchild (The Oaks)
Guitar: Tom Wellenbacher (Session guitarist)
Drums: William Ellis (Montgommery Gentry)
Fiddle & Mandolin: Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton)
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson (Producer, Nashville Trax)
“Help Me Jesus One More Time” © 2015 David Greer is presented here for demonstration of production values only, all other uses prohibited under U.S. and International copyright laws. Publishing and right of first release are currently open. If you wish to publish or record this song please contact us and we’ll forward your request as well as supply the complete mp3 mix and lyric.