Vote Which Solo Please

Spent all week mixing Jess Reimer’s new record. One thing to still figure out, should the solo in this song be pedal steel or guitar?

https://soundcloud.com/bob-wiseman/heartache-steel-solo/s-zUvDv

https://soundcloud.com/bob-wiseman/heartache-gtr-solo/s-oj7v9

19 thoughts on “Vote Which Solo Please

  1. Shakey Jake Thiessen

    I love them both but I feel the steel adds that little something extra. Steel has my vote.

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  2. Jason Ross

    You’re asking a technical question so I will answer technically.

    I would do two things
    1. I would go with the lap steel. It’s definitely a country song and what’s more country than lap steel.

    2. I would bring Jess’ vocals back about 4 or 5%. The music and backups are just a hair too much in the background. Otherwise it’s a super job.

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  3. Joel Kroeker

    I thought i would say pedal steel because i feel the same way about it as i do banjo: how can it be wrong to add it into a song? But i think i do like the ache of the guitar more.

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  4. Kevin Roy

    I am kind of into the split like Keri mentioned, only I’d like to hear a trade steel into guitar. The steel has great twang and the guitar is chunkier to bring it all back…If I am picking one though I’d say guitar.

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  5. Mike

    I think the guitar stands out more as a counter to the steel playing throughout the song. I also think this is a cool blog from what I’ve read of it so far. Great to learn that two incredible artists are working together!

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  6. pauline

    both are great but there’s something i really like about the pedal steel – a glimpse of joy in the heartache

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