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Maryann

Artist
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Year Released
1983

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been known to popularize songs written by lesser known artists. Maryann is one of them, originally written by Marshall Crenshaw in 1982, just one year before the NGDB recorded it. I love how simple and catchy it is, which is why I use it as a warm up almost every time I sit down at my drum kit, but I also really like the production on it. The reverb on the drums make them sound so big and washed out (right down to the tambourine on each snare hit), which allows the rhythm guitar to take the spotlight. But what really makes this song is the backup vocals in the chorus. They sound like they’ve possibly been auto tuned but because of where they are in the mix, I think it works just fine. They give the song that extra layer making it sound really thick and full. Given the harmony they’re singing, I wouldn’t be surprised if these vocals were the most challenging part of the recording.