RDP runner up in best recording 2014

Ritchie Dave Porter & the Secret have been awarded runner up (out of 2,000 songs) in best recorded track of the year for ‘Morphine Blues’ by SRB radio!

I’m very pleased that Morphine Blues and the excellent studio production of Michael Tingle is appreciated” – RDP

Thanks so much SRB radio, glad you appreciate the music. Wishing you and all blues fans a great bluesy new year!

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And here’s the track in question:

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: