No More Hell

Recorded using the mobile studio in the Licky Hills tracking the drums and guitar live for that authentic blues feel. No more Hell for Ritchie Dave Porter. Lord have mercy.

Aint Giving up on Love

“Aint gonna give up on Love” is the new blues rock song recorded on the 28th December 2013.Ive been dying to record this one with Mike ever since Ive been performing it live on the electroacoustic at my local gig venues The Tower Of Song in Cotteridge and The Roadhouse in Stirchley.This number has acoustic guitar,les paul electric solo,bass guitar,drums and yours truly on vocals too.I love it…it rocks.Its a Ritchie Classic.” – Ritchie

“This song has come together really easily probably because Ritchie had chance to play it out a few times live. Some lovely moments in this track, my favourite being the end ad-libbed vocal section!” – Mr.Secret

 

Return to the Saddle

The Ritchie is back and is single and has just recorded a very cool new hard rock blues in the new flat in Kings Norton with Mr Secret.
“This was written on acoustic guitar and the acoustic blues riffs were recorded first before I put down the bass and electric guitar and finally double tracked the vocal.The Les Paul was utilised as usual for its big fat overdriven blues tone that has a rock bite to it.I hope everyone digs this tune…its got a swagger and a strut to it.It represents the new me.The Ritchie that rocks n rolls with a more bluesy vibe to it”.

A rare picture of Mr. Secret at the controls
A rare picture of Mr. Secret at the controls
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Its a return to the saddle for Mr.Porter

Waiting for the Train

Mr. Porter and Mr.Secret went on an excursion to the Licky Hills in South Birmingham to record a Ritchie slide blues classic. The view was excellent as was Mr. Porters playing. You can hear the result of this memorable occasion below:

The Stygian Witch has Arrived!

This guitar solo was played with total passion and is precise and fiery and has a beautiful Les Paul tone.Of all my guitar solos I feel this is the best one and my spirit really soars with this one.Mike captured me at my best and I recorded it on the evening of March 1st 2013.

…and the complete song:

I’m Back!

“I really like ‘Im Back’.Its a straightforward riff based rock song which I feel is a personal statement of being to hell and back through chemotherapy and into wellbeing again.
I had been playing around with the main riff for a while and when Mr Secret came up to Brum to record another song this one just happened really fast and felt good and powerful” – Ritchie

After inspecting the edge of ALL THAT IS Ritchie is Back! – Mr.Secret

Production & drums by Mr. Secret

Find me a Doctor, literally!

Find me a doctor was literally a song about fighting cancer that I had at the time, I was in a lot of pain when recording! I had three cycles of chemotherapy at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham and was informed I was cured on April 3rd 2012 which was a great and wonderful feeling. I still like the song find me a doctor as it still rocks considering I was in pain and was emotionally troubled at the time. It features Amanda on backing vocals and Mr Secret did a great job bringing out the best in me whilst I was having a very tough time.

Check out the video of the song below:

The Wicker Man

Ritchie

I enjoyed writing and recording this “Wickerman” folk song and I like the way the acoustic blues licks gelled well with the folk energy of the song.
The song “Wickerman” was inspired my attendance at Witchfest in Oxfordshire which was a Children Of Artemis event.
I myself am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher and even though Japanese Reiki is my own spiritual path and practice (what with the meditations and energetic cleansing exercises )I did find the Artemis event full of wonderful energy and people and attended a Candle and Talisman and Wand making workshop which I found really interesting.
Im not a Witch but respect and have a fascination with all occult arts and they are like different fingers of the same hand in my opinion.
Enjoy the “Wickerman” and yeah,the original 70s classic is a real gem of a pagan movie.

Mr. Secret

The final track of the album has been laid down and it’s called ‘The Wicker Man’. Yes it is true the song is based on Ritchies recent exploits in Wicca, Witchcraft and the occult, a spot of traditional British folk roots religion never hurt anyone. I think you’ll like this, nice and chilled as only Richie knows how.

The Wicker Man

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The Wicker Man video on youtube

And here is a snippet of the recording of the acoustic solo in action. Good as this solo is Ritchie produced even greater takes for the actual finished version.

Ready to Roll

Ritchie

“Ready To Roll” is a true rock n roll song in every sense of the word and I wanted to lay down a blues rock riff that had a real drive and power and I feel this song has that struttin swagger to it.
I particularly like the guitar solo and its stops and starts with the solid bass playing groove it improvises over.
The recording was a really great day and evening of inspired playing on guitar and bass from myself and positive energy from producer Mr Secret.
I thoroughly enjoyed laying down the guitar tracks and the hard rock riffs were played with a 2mm jim dunlop plectrum to give a stinging hard attack on the ten gauge strings.
The actual main riff was written months earlier and I had been dying to record it so when Mr Secret was available we made the most of the session and it was great.

Mr. Secret

It’s been a long time coming but we have finally cut a new track for the album, oh yeah baby!
Ready to Roll is the latest hot rocking track recorded at the Sutton Coldfield studio in Birmingham. A mixture of beer, coffee, hot tubs and the trials and tribulation of living with the fairer sex.

There’s a rough cut of the song after the days recording for you to listen to:

Ready to Roll

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