A site for my Karaoke show 

 

This site consists of
This Page.
Setting up
Deb's Karaoke Player
Backing up your
Database

 

Some Boring History.

In 2008 the local Moose Lodge #1688 hired a couple (Sandy & Dennis Solari) to begin doing a Karaoke show on the 2nd and Last Friday of the month. I came out occasionally. Since I did not consider myself a singer, though I had performed with a few local bands, I considered it as just something new to do on a Friday night.

The show was surprisingly successful, so about February 2010 some Officers of the Lodge asked her to perform every week. She replied that she didn't want to do it every week, but Bud would be very willing to do the alternate weeks. I was not aware of her suggestion, so when the other Officers asked if I would be willing to do the show on the 1st and 3rd Fridays, I agreed.
I didn't know at the time, that Sandy had thrown me under the bus.

I was due to finish my term as "Governor" of the Lodge at the end of April, so I agreed to begin on April 1.

It was actually rather fun, hosting the show, so I began to acquire more equipment. I also learned how to do a digital Karaoke show, so I wouldn't have to keep digging through CDs to find the right music. After a few weeks of this Sandy was so impressed she asked me to set up her music, so she could also get rid of the CDs.

I continued to work this rotation until March of 2016, when health issues forced me to retire from the show. I was 68 years old and still working a 40 hour week, plus, I had to get up at 4:15am to be at work on time. This was just too much, at my age.
Gail Ellard was interested in taking over my slot, so between Sandy and I, we got her set up, with me in an advisory capacity.

In August 2016, I retired from my day-job and agreed to perform on those odd months that had five Fridays. I would do that 4th Friday of those months.

Now Dennis is making noises about working me back into the rotation. We'll see.

Soooo, that is how I became . . .

  K.J. Bud
(That's "Karaoke Jockey", for the uninitiated)
 

It's time to start the show It's My turn Backstage, at the board, while Howard tries his luck No Idea what I was singing
 
This show is going to the dogs.   Connie and I perform "Jackson" by Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash
Getting set, before the show Hard at work, spinning the disks and keeping track of the singers and songs. Yep. I take my turn singing, too.
   
  At Moose Lodge 1688, in Warner Robins, "I sang Dixie, as he died"
by Dwight Yoakam
 
  Yeah, I play and sing Karaoke.
Nashville talent scouts won't be knocking on my door, but I don't make your ears bleed, either.
 
  Stand On It
Mel McDaniel
PLAY
 
  This one isn't actually Karaoke.
It was recorded about 1989 at the Stardust Club in Warner Robins GA, with a group called "The Wellston Crossing Band".
It's the only recording of me singing with a live band, though I've done that many times, with different groups.
 

  Homemade Karaoke  

Songs recorded for karaoke are often based on their popularity. If a song doesn't get much airplay or stays low on the ratings, it often won't be recorded in Karaoke format.
That is why so often, a singer will request a song that you cannot find.
Karaoke makers hire studio musicians to duplicate the original song, as closely as they can.  They then create a CDG file containing the lyrics, so the words can be presented on the screen.   Many karaoke tracks consist of two separate files. The Audio file plays through the speakers while the CDG files are displayed on a screen.  They are carefully synced together so the singer can deliver their vocals at the correct beat of the music.

For those who want a song that has never been released in Karaoke format, there is a way to produce homemade karaoke.
It requires skillful editing of the original music file, to remove the lyric part of the track while effecting the musical part as little as possible.
Then, another program is used to display the words of the song. I prefer "Karaoke Builder Studio".
This method does not produce a quality song for listening, because there are reductions in the music quality, where the vocals were removed.   When used as a karaoke track, your vocals cover up the degradation of the music track, hopefully sounding complete enough that the audience won't notice that certain parts of the music sound muffled.

Here are six tracks I have created.
 
Songs that I wanted to perform but had never been released in Karaoke format.

Below, you can download the songs for your own Karaoke Show

Stillwater - Mindbender

Stillwater - Mindbender with Original vocals

Randy Howard - All American Redneck

Randy Howard - All American Redneck with Original vocals

Randy Howard - Atlanta's Burning Down

Randy Howard - Atlanta's Burning Down with Original Vocals

Poco - Magnolia

Poco - Magnolia with Original vocals

John T. Leech Band - Desert Lady

John T. Leech Band - Desert Lady with Original vocals

Grinderswitch - Redwing

Grinderswitch - Redwing with Original vocals

A local band who made it into the top 100, with this song. A local singer songwriter, who later moved to Nashville TN. My favorite slow dance song, from the 70's. A cover of the J.J. Cale hit A band from Atlanta who released one album, before the lead singer quit performing to capture his own "Desert Lady". A local band from Warner Robins GA. who toured Europe with the Marshall Tucker Band and Bonnie Bramlett
And the songs with My Vocals
Mindbender
Stillwater
PLAY
All American Redneck
Randy Howard
PLAY
Atlanta's Burning Down
Randy Howard
PLAY
Magnolia
Poco
PLAY
Desert Lady
John T. Leech Band
PLAY
Redwing
Grinderswitch
PLAY
  On December 17, 2014 I got a new amplifier.
It's a Fender Passport 500 Pro and one of the features is a USB port that allows me to record to a thumb drive, whatever is going through the amp.
Needless to say, I had to test this, recording my vocals, to find out what I really sounded like.
Below are some of my favorite songs.
Unlike a true mixer, it lays the vocal track on top of the music track, so it's not the best mix, but it's close enough to see how I sound.
 
  Your Personal Karaoke Show
All vocals by Bud Cranford
(Not the Original Artist)
 
  Recorded 17 December, 2014  
Boys 'Round Here
Jason Aldean & Pistol Annies
PLAY
Chiseled In Stone
Vern Gosdin
PLAY
Freebird
Lynyrd Skynyrd
PLAY
Heard it in a Love Song
Marshall Tucker Band
PLAY
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
Trace Adkins
PLAY
Kiss This
Aaron Tippen
PLAY
Old Red
Blake Shelton
PLAY
Show Them To Me
Rodney Carrington
PLAY
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off
Joe Nichols
PLAY
The Only Way I Know
Jason Aldean & Eric Church
PLAY
    Jackson (Duet)
Johnny Cash & June Carter-Cash
PLAY
   
  I recorded the songs, above, with the new amplifier, in my living room.
Maybe I'll get some better copies at the show.
 
  Recorded 19 December. 2014  
Am I the Only One
Dierks Bentley
PLAY
As Good As I Once Was
Toby Keith
PLAY
Freakin' At the Freaker's Ball
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
PLAY
I Don't Even Know Your Name
Alan Jackson
PLAY
What Was I Thinking
Dierks Bentley

PLAY
  Live, From Moose Lodge 1688  
  Recorded 26 December, 2014  
Aw Naw
Chris Young
PLAY
Creepin'
Eric Church
PLAY
Fire on the Mountain
Marshall Tucker Band
PLAY
Guitar Town
Steve Earle

PLAY
I Don't Know
Randy Howard
PLAY
  The Ride
David Allen Coe
PLAY
  I've Never Gone to Bed With An Ugly Woman
Bobby Bare
(Closing Song)
PLAY
 
  Live, From Moose Lodge 1688  
  Recorded 02 January, 2015  
It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night
The Amazing Cherry Bombs

PLAY

  Ex-Wife songs.  
  These two remind me of my  
  Last ex-wife  

She Never Cried
(When Old Yeller Died)

Confederate Railroad
PLAY
She Took It Like a Man
Confederate Railroad
PLAY

(Another Ex-Wife song, but I'd better not say which one this song reminds me of.)
Who's Gonna' Fill Their Shoes
George Jones
PLAY
  Live From Moose Lodge 1688  
Long Haired Redneck
David Allen Coe
PLAY
Statue of a Fool
Jack Green
PLAY
  The Right Left Hand
George Jones

PLAY
Turn The Page
Bob Seger Band
PLAY
  There will be more to come, from future shows.
 
I've already listed most of my best ones, so I'll just start adding them, here and there as I record more.
 
Hicktown
Jason Aldean
PLAY
What'cha Gonna Do With a Cowboy
Garth Brooks & Chris LeDoux
PLAY
He Stopped Loving Her Today
George Jones
PLAY
Just Getting Started
Jason Aldean
PLAY
No News
Lonestar
PLAY
You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie
Bellamy Brothers
PLAY
Kick the Dust Up
Luke Bryan
PLAY
I Don't Look Good Naked, Anymore
Snake Oil Willie Band
PLAY
For the Technically minded, viewing this page, I am currently hosting my show using:
  • Fender Passport 500 Pro amplifier & speakers.
  • Dell Inspiron 5721 Laptop computer
  •       2.0/2.5GHz i7 processor
  •       8gb ram
  •       1Tb hard drive.
  • Debs Pro Karaoke player
  • Nady wireless microphones
  • Setting up
    Deb's Karaoke Player
      Backing up your
    Database

     

    I split these into three "Albums", in case anyone wanted copies suitable for burning to a CD
    Yeah. Right. As if someone would want a CD of me singing.
    Download below, in zip format.
    About 58mb each.
    Bud's Best
    Zip File
    Live at the Moose
    Zip File
    Ex Wives and Others
    Zip File
    Homemade Karaoke
    Zip File
    In my 20's and 30's I became a stage Magician, performing across the Southeast.
    In my 40's and 50's I became a nationally known Western Dance Instructor and Competition Judge.
    In my 60's I became a well known local "Karaoke Jockey".
    I wonder what's in store for my 70's?

     

        Some of the singers from our Moose Lodge Karaoke show.    
                           
                           
                           
        Some of the singers from our "Dixie Bikefest Motorcycle Rally" Karaoke show.    
                           
                   

     

      Also, check out my "Deb's Karaoke Player" troubleshooting page.  

     

     

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