Current CD “Up From The Ashes”

Up From The Ashes CD Cover

Up From The Ashes CD Cover

2015 CD Release “Up From The Ashes”

This CD began both out of necessity (I was out of CDs…) and as a good summer project. With so many great tube amps to play through in my home studio (A Soldano Hot Rod 50 and a Marshall JCM 800) I thought writing and recording a new CD would give me a chance to put them through their paces.  The amps were just begging me to play them as loud as I possible could.

The amps didn’t disappoint.

Soldano Hot Rod 50

My studio CD set-up. a Soldano Hot Rod 50 and a Marshall JCM 800.

This new CD contains both all original songs and a few songs where I play guitar over pre-recorded backing tracks. Recording the guitars for this CD took about eight weeks in my home studio. My live studio set-up includes a Marshall JCM 800 with an Orange 2×12 cab and a Soldano Hot Rod 50 and two 2×12 cabs.

I hope you enjoy! — Johnny D.

Special thanks to Steve Sagerson from Soulville for his vocals on “Tush” and Angus Rochen for playing drums on “Spanish Dancing” and “Pre AP Shredding”. Thanks also goes out to Chris Brick for use of his Soldano head and Marshall cab.

John E. Davis records for the Arlington Guitars record label.

The Line Up:

  • Lead Guitars: John E. Davis
  • Rhythm Guitars: John E. Davis
  • Bass: John E. Davis
  • Keyboards: John E. Davis
  • Live Drums: Angus Rochen
  • Vocals: Steve Sagerson
Drummer Angus Rochen

Drummer Angus Rochen on the drums.

CD Tracks: (click on link for audio file)

  1. Up From the Ashes
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Bass: John E. Davis
    Drums: Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine
  2. Summer Dreams
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Pre Recorded Backing Track
  3. Back Alley Boogie
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Pre Recorded Backing Track
  4. Bark At The Moon
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Pre Recorded Backing Track
  5. Spanish Dancing
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Bass: John E. Davis
    Live Drums: Angus Rochen
    Shakers: Angus Rochen
  6. Sidewalk Shenanigans
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Bass: John E. Davis
    Drums: Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine
  7. Snazzy Jazz
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Bass: John E. Davis
    Drums: Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine
  8. Pre AP Shredding
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Bass: John E. Davis
    Live Drums: Angus Rochen
  9. Tush
    Lead Guitar: John E. Davis
    Backing Guitars: John E. Davis
    Bass: John E. Davis
    Drums: Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine
    Vocals: Steve Sagerson

All original music was written, performed and composed by John E. Davis. John E. Davis uses DiMarzio pick-ups and GHS Boomer strings exclusively. Bass tracks were recorded on a Fender Precision Bass. Drums were recorded using a Boss – Dr. Rhythm Drum Machine.

Guitar tracks were recorded on heavily modified Fender Stratocasters. Solos and backing tracks recorded with a modified Marshall JCM 800 and a Soldano Hot Rod 50 and a Digitech 2110 Tube Guitar Preamp. Guitars were recorded with Shure PG-57 mics in stereo. All backing guitar tracks were double tracked in two takes. I run a Marshall 1960A slant 4×12 cab with four Celestion speakers.

That’s it.