Tuesday, 23 February 2021

'Blame' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE
COMING 2021

‘Blame’
Written by: Carl Dixon, John O’ Connell, Steve McCarthy-Hunt (PRS) © 2014

Performed by
THE DELGONIVES


Bandtraxs are delighted to announce this new release (coming soon 2021) by The Delgonives which was written at the Monnow Valley recording studio in Monmouth, Wales in 2014 during a song writing retreat organised by BASCA. This is the fruits of that labour after three of us walked into the studio control room with just a guitar, pen & paper and an iPad. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Title: Blame
Writers: Carl Dixon, John O’ Connell, Steve Mcarthy-Hunt
Published by: CHD Publishing
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE2000031 to GBXNE2000037
UPC:191924033004
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: June/July 2021
Recording location: London/Nashville/Detroit
Drums: Drew Schultz
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards/tambourine: Carl Dixon

Song written at Monnow Valley Studios 2014


Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com

© Carl Dixon 2021

Friday, 19 February 2021

'You Ain't Changed' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE
AVAILABLE from 2nd April 2021

‘You Ain’t Changed’
Written by: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Johnny Pryers © 2017

Performed by

THE DELGONIVES


Bandtraxs are delighted to release this version of ‘You ain’t changed’ by The Delgonives, co written by UK performer Johnny Boy Pryers and established UK songwriter Carl Dixon. It follows on from the earlier 2018 release by Johnny Boy also on Bandtraxs Records. This collaboration resulted in a truly authentic sounding blue-eyed soul masterpiece with elements of 60s Detroit soul and Carolina Beach Music. Carl and Johnny had communicated via email since 2007 with a view to someday working together and after meeting face to face at a Butlin’s soul weekender a few years ago, they decided to come up with a song idea and pursue a vocal for it. What transpired after scratch vocals were laid down by Carl for Johnny’s version, it was realised this could easily be a contender for a future ‘The Delgonives’ release also as it fits their style perfectly. Cleverly using the same backing tracks, a number of mixes now exploit the terrific melody and groove of this song and give it further appeal. There are also six instrumental versions to enjoy also.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Title: You ain’t changed
Writers: Carl Dixon/Johnny Pryers
Published by: CHD Publishing
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE1700081 to GBXNE1700087
UPC: 191924137917
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 2nd April 2021
Recording location: London/Nashville/Detroit
Drums : Drew Shultz
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards: Carl Dixon

1) You ain't changed - Vocal 
           2) You ain't changed - Instrumental
                        3) You ain't changed - Instrumental sax mix
                        4) You ain't changed - Instrumental vibe mix
                           5) You ain't changed - Instrumental organ mix
                                    6) You ain't changed - Instrumental rhythm plus mix
                               7) You ain't changed - Instrumental sax/vibe mix


Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com

© Carl Dixon 2021



'Rough & Ready' by Bandtraxs and The Trenton Independents


PRESS RELEASE
AVAILABLE from 15th March 2021

'Rough & Ready' (Album)
Twelve badly written, produced, mixed and mastered instrumentals by Carl Dixon
 for Bandtraxs productions

Performed by

BANDTRAXS & THE TRENTON INDEPENDENTS






Bandtraxs are delighted to release this terrible album showcasing twelve badly written, produced, mixed and mastered songs from the last twenty years never officially released before. 

These productions have a 60's Detroit and 70's Philly feel and utilise real drums on some tracks recorded in Philly for example. Elements on other tracks were recorded in Los Angeles, whilst others use 'The Drummers of Motown' on the rhythm tracks. All the other musical elements were produced in London, England.

In essence, these songs are now ready for vocals and a more fuller production in the future. This album is showcasing the songs potential with a view to exploiting them further.


'Caesar's Reply' was written around 2011/2012 and was originally called 'The night we called it a day', but a search proved there was another song already with this catchy title. 'Stretchin' Out' commenced it's first journey around 2000 with some Salsoul samples which were free with a magazine called 'Future Music'. They invited writers to contribute a song using the samples in a competition they had organised. At that time there were simple lyrics, but not used here and doubt they ever will be again.



IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Album Title: Rough and Ready
All songs written by: Carl Dixon (PRS/MCPS)
Artists: Bandtraxs & The Trenton Independents
 Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number(s): GBXNE2000011/GBXNE2000024
UPC: 191061388777
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon

This release: 15th March 2021
Recording locations: London/Philadelphia/LA


Caesar's Reply 
Bandtraxs
Drums: Jeff Leonard (Recorded at The Grooveyard/Studio E by Bobby Eli)
Guitar 1: Studio Pros LA
Guitar 2: Carl Dixon
© 2012

Stretchin’ Out
Bandtraxs
Bass guitar: Studio Pros LA
Guitars: Carl Dixon
© 2001

Teasing Georgia
Bandtraxs
© 2014


Latte Straight
Bandtraxs
Drums: Jeff Leonard (Recorded at The Grooveyard/Studio E by Bobby Eli)
© 2013

Clearly
Bandtraxs
© 2013

Boo
The Trenton Independents
Drums: Drummers of Motown
© 2004

Lover Unknown
The Trenton Independents
© 2020

The Swing
Bandtraxs
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
Bass guitar: Carl Dixon
Guitars: Carl Dixon
© 2004

Whether You Like It
The Trenton Independents
© 2004

Flaming Pie
Bandtraxs
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
Bass guitar: Carl Dixon
Guitars: Carl Dixon
© 2004

That Creaky Old Chair
Bandtraxs
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
Bass guitar: Carl Dixon
Guitars: Carl Dixon
© 2003

Dear Tammi
The Trenton Independents
Drums: The Drummers of Motown
© 2000


Terribly written, produced, sequenced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com

© Bandtraxs/Carl Dixon 2021

Monday, 25 May 2020

'Suddenly There's You' by Pree (Original 2008 Studio Mix)



‘Suddenly There's You’
(original full studio mix)
Written by: Carl Dixon/Karen Pree © 2008
CHD Publishing (PRS, MCPS)

Performed by
PREE

This unreleased version reflects the percussion break and original fade out recorded in the studio that wintery freezing cold March, featuring the cream of Detroit's session musicians on board too. David J. Van De Pitte, Karen Pree, Spyder Dwight Turner and particularly Dennis Coffey made this session work. I am still grateful for their massive input into the songs and production. Sadly arranger David J. Van De Pitte, drummer Uriel Jones and bass player Bob Babbitt passed away and I remember them fondly. David whispered something complimentary to me in the studio about my demos I sent over and three of those original demos will be included with this release. Remember, it was Harry Grundy who played the first demos of 'Suddenly there's you' on his 'Right Track Soul Show' on WFM around 2006. In fact he was the first DJ to ever play any of my demos on air.



The unmistakable voice of Pree who performs 'Suddenly there’s you' a rhythmic piece of danceable soul with overtones from the 1960s. The original song concept was written in London, March 2003 and made its final journey to Detroit, Michigan for completion in 2008. Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon produced the track for ‘Bandtraxs Productions’ at ‘Studio A’, Dearborn Heights, Detroit. The arrangement was by the renowned David J. Van De Pitte and in addition the track features some legendary session musicians from the heart and soul of the city (see list below). Pree played an important role in providing her vocal and song arranging talents to make this project work as well as being a co writer of the song.
The official digital release date was the 1st July 2009 and in addition, the 45 rpm 7” vinyl pressings are now available from selected bespoke high street record stores, the BandTraxs website, and now, CD Baby.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: Suddenly there’s you
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Pree (ASCAP)
Artist: Pree
Label: Bandtraxs
Production: Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
Original incarnation: 2nd March 2003 (first demo version)
Recording location: Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, March 2008
contact: carl @ bandtraxs.com


Lead Vocals
Pree

Backing vocals
Spyder Turner
Gayle Butts
Pree

Musicians
Drums 1: Uriel Jones
Drums 2: Spider Webb
Percussion 1: Dennis Sheridan
Percussion 2: Larry Frantangelo
Guitar 1: Dennis Coffey
Guitar 2: Ray Monette
Bass guitar: Bob Babbitt
Steinway Grand Piano: Robert Jones
Horns 1 Trumpet: John Trudell
Horns 2 Trumpet: David Jennings
Horns 3 Trombone: Edward Gooch
Horns 4 Tenor sax: George Benson
Horns 5 Baritone sax: Mark Burger
Vibraphones Rob :Pipho

Arranger
David J. Van De Pitte

Produced by
Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

Recording location
Studio A Recordings Inc
5619 North Beech Daly
Dearborn Heights
Michigan 48127-3927

Studio A
Engineered and mixed by Todd Fairall
Assistant engineer Jezreel Santos
Mastered by Eric Morgeson

© Carl Dixon 2009

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

'You Ain't Changed' by Johnny Boy (Pryers)

‘You Ain’t Changed’
Written by: Carl Dixon/Johnny Pryers © 2017
CHD Publishing (PRS, MCPS)

Performed by
JOHNNY BOY (PRYERS)




Bandtraxs are delighted to release this new original work co written by UK blue-eyed soul performer Johnny Boy Pryers and established UK songwriter Carl Dixon called ‘You ain’t changed’. This collaboration has finally resulted in a truly authentic sounding blue-eyed soul masterpiece with elements of 60s Detroit soul and Carolina beach music. Carl and Johnny had communicated via email in 2007 with a view to someday working together musically and on meeting face to face at the 2015 Butlin's soul weekender, they decided to come up with an idea for a new song and this is the fruits of their labour. ‘You ain’t changed’ has bass, guitars and horns recorded in Nashville and drums from Detroit featuring Drew Schultz. Johnny's vocals were recorded in Rochdale at Lisa Stansfield’s 'Gracieland' studios. Hoping for a danceable number with loads of hooks, the song has had some excellent feedback from social media sites recognising just that.

“Born in Bolton, Johnny was destined for a life in music. Taking early influences from his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, Johnny was surrounded from a very early age by a wide variety of music from Northern Soul, Tamla Motown, Mod, Punk, Rock and Roll. Johnny first learned of his love for being on stage as a teenager when he and friends formed their first band ‘The Shakers’ in which he played bass guitar and helped out with the vocals. Over the years Johnny has performed alongside some very well respected artists such as Tommy Hunt, Dean Parrish, PP Arnold, La La Brookes, P.J. Proby, Marvin Ruffin, The Flirtations, Eddie Holman, Judy Street, Archie Bell, The Contours, The Velvelettes, Brenda Holloway, Prince Philip Mitchell, Kim Weston, Chris Clark, Martha Reeves and Diane Shaw.”

Elements/updates from the Johnny Boy web site and used with permission
© Johnny Boy and Cat Chester
https://www.johnnyboypryers.com/

In the past Hull born Carl Dixon has co wrote and produced with celebrated Funk Brother guitarist, song writer and performer Dennis Coffey songs featuring Spyder Turner and Cherokee Pree in the ‘Motor City’ along with some other notable ‘Funk Brothers’ and session musicians back in 2008. 'Tell me (crying over you)' and 'Glory Fleeting' featuring Spyder Turner on lead vocals, 'Suddenly there's you' featuring Pree on lead and 'Detroit (city by the river)' by Bandtraxs were all released successfully from that session and are available to purchase or stream. Later that same year Carl teamed up with Philly legend Bobby Eli where they co wrote, along with singer songwriter Chiquita Green, four new songs in his ‘Grooveyard’ studio. The two releases from that session were ‘There I go falling in love again’ by Chiquita and ‘Soul Recession’ by legendary Salsoul recording harmony group ‘Double Exposure’ famous for such releases as ’My love is free’, ‘Ten percent’ and ‘Every man’. In addition, Carl also has a co write with UK soul singer Diane Shaw and producer Andy Birkinshaw called ‘Good Lovin Man’ which is on her album ‘Love, Life and Strings’. Carl and The Delgonives are also proud to have co produced and sang on Robert and Mike Paladino's 'Soul Girl' parts 1 & 2 in 2015. This song is a derivative of 'The Four Winds' original 'Playgirl' released in 1963. Carl and Robert created this masterpiece remotely via Internet collaboration.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Title: You ain’t changed
Writers: Carl Dixon/Johnny Pryers
Published by: CHD Publishing
Artist: Johnny Boy
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC number: GBXNE1700080
UPC: 192914107323
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 2nd April 2018
Recording location: London/Rochdale/Nashville/Detroit

Vocals: Johnny Boy Pryers
Vocals recorded at Gracieland Studios, Rochdale
Engineer: Steve Boyce-Buckley

Drums: Drew Schultz
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Trumpet: Mike Haynes
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards/tambourine: Carl Dixon

Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com

© Carl Dixon/Bandtraxs 2018

'Tell Me (Crying Over You)' by Spyder Turner


PRESS RELEASE
'Tell Me (Crying Over You)' 
Performed By
SPYDER TURNER
(Carl Dixon/Spyder Turner)




The unmistakable vocals of Spyder Turner who performs "Tell me (crying over you)” a rhythmic piece of danceable soul with overtones from 1960’s. The original song concept was written in London, October 2004 and made its final journey to Detroit, Michigan for completion last year. Dennis Coffey and Carl Dixon produced the track for ‘Bandtraxs Productions’ at ‘Studio A’, Dearborn Heights, Detroit. The arrangement was by the renowned David J. Van De Pitte and in addition the track features some legendary session musicians from the heart and soul of the city (see list). Dennis Coffey provides the outstanding guitar solo which uplifts the song to another level. Spyder Turner played an important role in providing his vocal and song arranging talents to make this project work as well as being a co writer of the song.
The official digital release date was the 1st July 2009 and the track can be purchased from Amazon.com/co.uk and iTunes. In addition, the 45 rpm 7” vinyl pressings are now available from selected bespoke high street record stores.

Title: Tell me (crying over you)
Writers: Carl Dixon (PRS)/Spyder Turner (BMI)
Artist: Spyder Turner
Label: Bandtraxs
Catalogue number: MFM002
Production: Dennis Coffey & Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
ISRC number: GBXNE0800007
UPC: 859701891017
This release: 1st July 2009
Original incarnation: 21st October 2004 (first demo in London)
Recording location: Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, March 2008

For more information:
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl@bandtraxs.com 
© Carl Dixon 2008

Artists and Session Musicians 

Lead Vocals
Spyder Turner

Backing vocals
Spyder Turner, Gayle Butts, Pree

Musicians
Drums 1 Uriel Jones
Drums 2 Spider Webb 
Percussion 1 Dennis Sheridan 
Percussion 2 Larry Frantangelo
Guitar 1 & guitar solo Dennis Coffey
Guitar 2 Ray Monette
Bass guitar Bob Babbitt
Steinway Grand Piano Robert Jones
Horns 1 Trumpet John Trudell
Horns 2 Trumpet David Jennings
Horns 3 Trombone Edward Gooch
Horns 4 Tenor sax George Benson
Horns 5 Baritone sax Mark Burger
Vibraphones Rob Pipho


Arranger
David J. Van De Pitte

Produced by
Dennis Coffey & Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions
© 2008

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

'Tell me (crying over you)' by The Delgonives

PRESS RELEASE
‘Tell Me (Crying Over You)’
Written by: Carl Dixon & Spyder Turner
Published by: CHD Publishing (PRS)/Proud Belly Music (ASCAP) © 2008

Performed by

THE DELGONIVES

The official release date is the 17th July 2017 and the track can be purchased from
CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and all leading download and streaming services.



  
Following on from the 2017 February release of 'Miss me, miss my baby', 'The Delgonives' perform this exciting cover of the Spyder Turner classic 'Tell me (crying over you)' again with a familiar 1960s groove. Carl Dixon and Spyder Turner wrote the song with a retro melody that takes the clock back to around 1965 to give it a ‘Carolina Beach’ sound with sprinklings of Detroit and the Wall of Sound here and there. This is the ninth 'Delgonives' release in the last few years and has a number of vocal and instrumental versions that are available to download including  individual saxophone, organ and vibraphone mixes for instrumental lovers. All vocals were recorded in London, England, but the guitars, bass and horns were recorded in Nashville and drums in Detroit. The notion of multiple mixes is to give listeners, radio stations and potentially TV stations a choice of recordings that fit their programming. This initiative also exploits the technology that allows experimentation to another level with master recordings.

In the past Hull born Carl Dixon has co wrote and produced with celebrated Funk Brother guitarist, song writer and performer Dennis Coffey songs featuring Spyder Turner and Cherokee Pree in the ‘Motor City’ along with some other notable ‘Funk Brothers’ and session musicians back in 2008. 'Tell me (crying over you)' and 'Glory Fleeting' featuring Spyder Turner on lead vocals, 'Suddenly there's you' featuring Pree on lead and 'Detroit (city by the river)' by Bandtraxs were all released successfully from that session and still available to purchase or stream.

Later that same year Carl teamed up with Philly legend Bobby Eli where they co wrote, along with singer songwriter Chiquita Green, four new songs in his ‘Grooveyard’ studio. The two releases from that session were ‘There I go falling in love again’ by Chiquita and ‘Soul Recession’ by legendary Salsoul recording harmony group ‘Double Exposure’ famous for such releases as ’My love is free’, ‘Ten percent’ and ‘Every man’. In addition, Carl also has a co write with UK soul singer Diane Shaw and producer Andy Birkinshaw called ‘Good Lovin Man’ which is on her album ‘Love, Life and Strings’. Carl and The Delgonives are also proud to have co produced and sang on Robert and Mike Paladino's 'Soul Girl' parts 1 & 2 in 2015. This song is a derivative of 'The Four Winds' original 'Playgirl' released in 1963. Carl and Robert created this masterpiece remotely via Internet collaboration.

Title: Tell me (crying over you)
Writers: Carl Dixon/Spyder Turner
Published by: CHD Publishing/Proud Belly Music
Artist: The Delgonives
Label: Bandtraxs
ISRC numbers: GBXNE1700051 to GBXNE1700060
UPC: 191061388852
Sleeve art: Michelle Dixon
This release: 17th July 2017
Recording location: London/Nashville/Detroit

Drums: Drew Shultz
Baritone and tenor sax: Sam Levine
Trombone: Roy Agee
Guitar: Mark Baldwin
Bass guitar: Gary Lunn
Keyboards/Tambourine: Carl Dixon

Produced by
Carl Dixon for Bandtraxs Productions

Produced, mixed and mastered by Carl Dixon

For more information about Bandtraxs releases please visit
www.bandtraxs.com or contact carl.dixon@bandtraxs.com


© Carl Dixon 2017