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  • The Unborn Trees (L.VanWaters Tonini & D.R. Hughes)5:47


  • War's Not The Answer (Hughes-VanWaters-King)4:06

"If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, south-east Asia and Africa. Today, it is being rapidly replaced by great swathes of palm oil trees and rubber plantations, land cleared for cattle grazing, soya farming, expanding cities, dams and logging."    The Guardian  Feb. 2018

"We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years"     John Vidal  the Guardian's environment editor

The Forests and the Rain Forests are being devastated by Man and by Fire.   (Thought you should know)   Hear the song THE UNBORN TREES in the player above and join the movement to SAVE OUR FORESTS.

THE OUTLANDERS  from  WHITE SETTLEMENT, TEXAS​​  was formed in 1966 during the members' high school years.  The group, shown in the picture above consisted of (Left to Right) David Hughes, Gary Otwell, Howard Hughes and Gary Archa.  In 1967 Howard left the group and Larry Tidwell was added on Bass Guitar.  They performed at local dances , parties and Battle of the Bands,   Their music consisted of songs by the  Rolling Stones, Tommy James, The Beatles, Sam the Sham, The Troggs,  Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry,, The Beach Boys, The Turtles, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Monkees, The Ventures , The Safaris, etc., etc.      drh

​​In the nineties David is shown in a promo photo with a DJ setup used to obtain bookings to help fill in the gaps between music performances and studio jobs.  He provided music for weddings, receptions, private & company parties.
My Recording Process
For the technical minded

It takes a considerable amount of time for me to complete a song because of the recording process I prefer to use.  First I create an electronic drum click track using Powertracks MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencing program,  Then monitoring the click track I record a piano track and insert any needed tempo changes such as ritards (gradual slowdown) and atempo's (back to original tempo).  Next the bass track is sequenced through a 360 Systems Midi Bass Module using a midi keyboard, and several other instrument parts are sequenced one at a time, such as strings, brass, organ, harp etc.  up to 16 tracks with different instruments.  The last MIDI track added is the final drum track which takes a considerable amount of time.  The drums used are 2 Alesis SR16 drum machines utilizing all 8 outputs to separate the different drums in the set, but all the drum parts go onto only 1 MIDI channel.  On some of my older tracks I played drums on a CB700 drum set.  Next I  transfer all those instrument tracks from the PC sequencing program onto a 24 track Alesis HD24 digital recorder by playing them back through the drum machines, multiple synthesizers and MIDI sound modules all at once.  Using MIDI mixers and cables each synthesizer module plays back one of the different instrument parts recorded on the PC sequencer.   It is similar to a player piano using a scroll but the sequencing program has 16 separate channels to control 16 different instruments instead of just one piano.  All those instruments are  recorded onto separate tracks of the Alesis HD24 digital recorder.   Lastly, I add guitars, vocals and other acoustic instruments and sounds, sometimes recording a bass guitar over the midi bass track.   Finally comes the  mix-down to 2 track stereo on an Alesis Masterlink ML9600 digital recorder and mastering the song for enhancement and compatibility onto a Tascam CD-RW 700 recorder.  

Vocal mics used through ART Dual MP mic preamp on albums:

Make A Joyful Noise Album: EV RE20
Sword of the Spirit  Album: Oktava  MKL 2500
Love Lost & Found  Album: MXL 4000 & Neumann KM56 on The Love Between  Our Eyes
Gospel According to Merlin Album: MXL 4000
Power of Positive Singing Album: MXL Revelation & Neumann KM56 on last  5 songs on the album
The Persuaders Album: Neumann KM56


I was fortunate to have been in a school district that had outstanding bands led by music directors John R. Bain, Brewer Jr. High and Harold Collyer, Brewer High.  Together they developed the White Settlement Tx schools' music programs into a national awards winning high school band in the 1960's and that tradition is still carried on today.  The Texas Twisters group (above) was the first combo formed by David Hughes along with several other members of the Brewer Jr. High School Band at White Settlement, Tx in 1964.  They performed mostly 50's popular music at local school and community functions but were not part of any official school program.  Uniforms were custom turquoise vests (made by member Dwain Barker's mother), western tie with Texas on it, white shirt and pants.  L-R back: Larry Tidwell on Souzaphone, David Hughes  & Gary Reese on Trumpet, Gary Otwell on Baritone and John Boshers on Drums.  Middle: Dwain Barker, Gerald Richardson and Mike Williams on Trombone.  Front: Tommy Flanagan and Gene Parish on Saxophone.        drh

  • Looking To The Lord3:41
  • Let Me Tell You of Jesus3:59
  • Thank You Lord2:23
  • In This Life4:44
  • Sing A New Song4:42
  • I Will Stand-MP35:55
  • The Battle3:12
  • Take Up Your Crosses3:20