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Randall Waller was a guitarist in Shania's band during the Come On Over and Up! eras (1997-2004).

Randall Waller talks about touring with Shania Twain and Mutt Lange | Interview

The Jeremy White Podcast presents Randall Waller! Jeremy White is a Montreal radio host, podcaster and musician.

I grew "Up!" watching #RandallWaller every other night playing with #ShaniaTwain, be it on DVD that is but still, and he had a huge musical impact on me. Seeing him on those giant stages and playing those amazing guitar parts, singing those harmonies and being in that band was the coolest thing on the planet to me! In this chat, we talk about getting the gig with Shania and not expecting to actually get it, working with #MuttLange and some crazy tales about his bat like ears and how much of a perfectionist he REALLY is, how Mutt wasn't happy with their FoH mixer and he told the guy his drums were "disgraceful" HAHA! All kinds of cool tales and tidbits that if you are a fan of Shania Twain or those CLASSIC live concert DVD's, "Up! Live In Chicago" and more, you'll LOVE this more than 90 minute chat covering ALMOST everything. Enjoy!

This is our FULL and UN-EDITED Raw conversation, re-uploaded due to audio issues on previous post. There may be some audio drop outs due to Skype Connection so please be patient in sections, they last no longer than 30 seconds. Thanks!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbiJqMxnNsE



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Derek Frank (current bassist for Shania) talks auditioning for Shania's "Rock This Country" tour in 2015. Skip to 35:30 mark.

Chat With Pros Ep.5 - Derek Frank (Touring, Auditioning, Building A Career In Music)

A SoundLife Interview Series, Making the world more fun, one music lesson at a time!

We talk with touring and studio bassist Derek Frank about touring, auditioning, and building a career in music. Derek Frank is currently the bassist for both Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain. His resumes reads like a who's who list of the top artists in the industry. Derek also just released a new solo album called "Eleven Years Later."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDaHMMjE0Cw



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Cory Churko is Shania's long-time band director and guitarist/fiddler/violinist.

Cory Churko talks mixing Shania Twain's Up! album with Mutt Lange and Mike Shipley | Interview

The Jeremy White Podcast presents Cory Churko!

Cory has been involved with #ShaniaTwain for over two decades and played a big part in the sound of her monumental album "Up!". Cory was Mike Shipley's mix assistant at the time and he gives up some in depth facts about the process of mixing one of the most influential albums of the early 2000's with #MuttLange! He goes deep into how mixing frequencies out of syllables made a better mix and how Nigel Green was brought in to help finish the job. Also, was Brad Pitt supposed to be Luke Skywalker...? WARNING: TONS OF NERDY GEAR TALK!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7q7V4g5_e8



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Cory Churko is Shania's long-time music/band director and guitarist/fiddler/violinist.

Cory Churko Interview - Rob's School of Music Interview Series

This week on the show we are featuring Music Director, Guitarist, and Fiddler for Shania Twain, the amazing Cory Churko. He's also the guitarist for Toque and played with Slash, Kelly Clarkson, and Reba!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gHRR6ce2Yg



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Cory Churko is Shania's long-time band director and guitarist/fiddler/violinist.

"Making It" with Cory Churko (Shania Twain/Kelly Clarkson/Toque)

Brenton On Tour Podcast

Has Cory Churko "Made It?"
I mean, he's toured the world with Shania Twain and Kelly Clarkson, played the Superbowl, been getting paid as a musician since he was a young boy in his family's band, and just recently settled into a residency gig with Shania in Las Vegas.
That sounds like it to me!
However, everyone has their own definition of "Making It' and today, Cory stops by to offer his.
For all things Cory visit: https://www.corychurko.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEfd5s9zsvM



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Brent Barcus was a guitarist in Shania's band during the Come On Over and Up! eras (1997-2004).

Brent Barcus talks Shania Twain touring days, Mutt Lange and Audio Branding | Interview 2022

The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show present Brent Barcus!

For all of the #ShaniaTwain fans out there, this one is for you! We take a deep dive into the touring days with Shania Twain, what it was like being on the road and preparing for her first ever world tour to support #ComeOnOver PLUS having Mutt Lange as musical director and potentially having 3 neck guitars made just for one song? All of those tales and more!

We also discuss audio branding and creating audio branding for brands like The Nashville Predators, ViacomCBS and many other national brands. Brent can be reached for projects via LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brentbarcus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Du3QPPFIbI



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Guitarist Talks What Shania Twain Was Like to Work With, Addresses Accusations of Her Band Miming and Lip Syncing

Ultimate Guitar | March 10, 2022 

The name Brent Barcus isn't one you'll see all over guitar-oriented online and offline publications. However, the guy deserves as much praise as any other guitar hero. Hired by Mutt Lange himself, Brent played guitar in Shania Twain's live band from 1997 to 2004. Most notably, he was a member during Shania's "Come On Over" and "Up!" tours.

And you can only imagine the experience and stories that a musician of his caliber has. Well, Brent Bracus was recently a guest over at The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show to discuss his work with the country legend.

They also discussed setting up live rigs to make it sound like on albums. For this purpose, they also had help from none other than legendary Bob Bradshaw. When asked about the whole process, Brent answered (transcribed by UG):

"We went through everything and he had an assistant that had documented everybody's racks and patches. So what was different between Randall [Waller, another one of Shania's guitar players] and me – Randall came in later. I was the first in with the core guys. I was there most of the early '98. With Randall, we were still looking for that second guitar spot that could sing some leads with her harmonies. He didn't have as much time to tinker around. We only had four weeks to get up to speed, I was there for months. So I sat down with him and went through all the different gear and amps and stuff that they used on the record."

"Mine got kind of ridiculous with the refrigerator rack. I had kind of a country setup which was pedals in a rack, [Bob] Bradshaw with the pedals in front of the amps for the country stuff. And then we had all the preamp and power amp for all the slicker pop stuff that I used as well. I had the Bradshaw system going. We went through every sound. He wanted that Fender tone. We had Matchless, we had Marshall, kind of went through all that with him."

Reminded of the song "When," he added:

"So we had to stick with the stereo rig and a model rig. It was fun. I mean, it was the ultimate geek out. It was like – if we need something, we're gonna get it. So there wasn't really any barriers to budget on that. So he wasn't gonna spare any expense to have all the stuff we needed.

"And there was a part on... I'm trying to think which song on the record that there are a couple of key changes. There was a part with a lot of open string jangles. And so obviously, the key change, you have to barre it. Or use a capo."

And then he remembers Mutt Lange's bold idea:

"[Mutt is] like, 'Well, what are we going to do?' We're raising the key, but we're playing it with barre chords and he stopped us. Said 'This isn't gonna work, I want to hear the ringing strings.' I was like, 'Well, we don't have time to throw in the capo.' We talked about roller capos. He's like, 'Well, what if we just have double-neck guitars built and the next neck is the next key?' [laughs]"

"That was pretty genius. Fender's gonna make us like these double necks and we just have two different keys. You know, we just go to the next key and jangle."

Further down the conversation, Brent remembered various accusations that Shania and the whole band were miming and lip-syncing. He said:

"It was pre- all the social media stuff. But there was talk of that. And I remember some of the guys that had played with her previously. No way these guys [were doing it]. Everybody in the band – amazing players. And so we had to know what we were doing."

He also added:

"I think one of her geniuses was always including us. It wasn't like her out there and we were all in black to stand in the back. Yeah, a lot of us do that. They don't know what to do with the band, or they feel like maybe they're going to get showing up or something. But she always had such confidence to let us kind of roam freely. She's like, 'You can walk in front of me, you're never gonna outperform, they're here to see me.' I got that, you know. And she let us roll. She let us roll with whatever. We had different places we had to be at certain times because of pyro or whatever. But besides that, we can just kind of move do what we wanted."

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/guitarist_talks_what_shania_twain_was_like_to_work_with_addresses_accusations_of_her_band_miming_and_lip_syncing.html



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