In the Shadow of the Mountain Part 2 - Song Writing

Song-Writing Process 

The Wentzel Brothers Band worked on “Broken Trust” for a short amount of time, which was around two weeks in the making and then moved onto the next song which they called “Corkscrew”. This song was a early version of the song “No Turning Back”, which sounded completely different from today's version. They could not quite get the sound right so Ivan went to create some great new music, with a blues rock revival sound which was titled “Chuck Terry”.  Issac came up with a starting riff and Ivan put it into movement making Issac sing it over and over until they got the finished riff and melody/lyrics for the song. 

They finished up the melody and brought it to the band to put the rhythm down and finish the song. The band at this point kept getting asked to play “Free Bird” so they wanted to create great new music and ended up being an early version of “Wrong Places” which sounded like a slow acoustic Guns and Roses song at the start and turned into an electric jam solo at the end. The sound changed to what is heard now after Ivan and Issac took it to the band and they put their ideas into it.   

 

A Good Mix of Music

The band had a good mix of blues rock revival songs, but they were itching to write a fast-paced high energy song, and started creating “Hell Train”. This song from start to finish was completely done in two practices and incorporated every part in new jammin ways that was not before used. The band kept working on their “Corkscrew” song during this time, and gigged with some bands like The River Tramps, and one of their favorite bluegrass bands, The Howlin Brothers, and got an idea for their next song which was the secret track on their album called “Bullfrog”. This is the first all acoustic song on the album and displays the musician skills and talent each of them possess.   

It was around this time when the band revisited their “Corkscrew” song, and turned it into “No Turning Back”, but not a finished version of it. This song still did not feel like the great new music they were looking for but it got finishing touches put on it in the studio just like every other song in the album.  The last two songs, “We Ain’t Through” and “69 Chevelle”, got worked on at the same time and got mostly completed before they got into the studio to add stuff to their songs. 

Finding the Right Studio 

The process of finding the right studio to record the album took longer than actually recording the music. The band had all 11 of the songs to put on the album, but needed to get into a studio to get it made, and lucky for them, they actually had a LOT of competition between studios. At one point, the band had three studios to choose from within Tennessee that were all lowering their price and trying to offer more for less; it was a hard choice to pick which one they would go to. In the end, they chose Sound Revival Studios, in Columbia, Tennessee to record their music based on a couple of reasons that the others could not offer.

2 comments

  • Judy Russell

    Judy Russell US

    In the Shadow of the Mountain is an amazing southern rock CD. I just can't help swing with the groove whenever I listen to this. Very well written and recorded. I can get my crafts work done while shaking my head with highs and lows. I love the blues. Keep up the great work.

    In the Shadow of the Mountain is an amazing southern rock CD. I just can't help swing with the groove whenever I listen to this. Very well written and recorded. I can get my crafts work done while shaking my head with highs and lows. I love the blues. Keep up the great work.

  • The Wentzel Brothers Band

    The Wentzel Brothers Band

    Thank you for your friendly comment on our Southern Rock Group The Wentzel Brothers! Please check out our other CD FlatCreek Road

    Thank you for your friendly comment on our Southern Rock Group The Wentzel Brothers! Please check out our other CD FlatCreek Road

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