Sunday, September 24, 2006

I'm in the Saddle Tramps!

So, it's official. I have joined the Saddle Tramps as a mandolinist/guitarist. We play at the Great Basin on 10/14 and head down to the studio in Orange, CA immediately following.

No, I don't plan on leaving Hellbound Glory.

I had a wonderful trip to Kentucky. It was spritual. I don't think I can get into it in blog format.

In the near future, I'll be playing my Epiphone mandobird:

Or Scotty's Fender FM-52E:

These instruments go through the same signal chain as my Tele rig:
tuner-> phase shifter-> TS808 (Keely Mod)-> delay->
to my silverface early 70's Fender Twin Reverb with JBL's.

It's a pretty huge tone for a little 'ol electric mandolin. By November, my Steve Ryder mandocaster (EM24) should be built.

Should be fun!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Kentucky Bound this weekend

First check out Monroe in 1957.

The 'one door closes another opens' thing has pretty much been my life for a while now. More about that in the weeks to come. It's too bad I've had this trouble getting out of UNR, but pretty rad shit has happened over the last 15 months.

Despite the breakup of my bluegrass band, Straight Ahead, I still really dig the mandolin and bluegrass. I aim to keep playing it, so I signed up for this new workshop in Owensboro, KY. It is specifically geared towards studying Bill Monroe (the father of bluegrass) mandolin style. I am attending the second camp on 9/15-17. It was way back in January that my colleague (and CNS alum) at DRI Ken Adams that saw an article in the paper and thought I was "into Bill Monroe." I was on the phone five minutes later. It seems important to me how I found out about this landmark occasion.

The camp should be fun, humbling, and a little overwhelming. I should come back a better musician. Check out the schedule below. I'm mostly interested in the advanced topics, but will probably hang with the intermediate crew. Hopefully I can bounce around. It's kind of amazing this thing is happening. In preparation, I've been watching Monroe DVDs, listening to my favorite Monroe recordings (1947-1969), and reading the various birographies on Monroe.

Friday, September 8, 2006

Albert Lee - country guitarist

All right, it's a small fucking world. I was on the phone with Johnny Dilks about this weekends show coming up in Sacramento, and I'll be god damned, ALBERT LEE joined them on stage. Some guys have all the luck. Check out the comments on his profile. Anyway, on with my original content:

This is a small post script to my guitar players blog. The "Star Licks Master Sessions" is now available on DVD, published by Hal Leonard. On their site they have a flash video of the B-bender 'show off' portion of the tape. Check it out by clicking on "Closer Look" when you get there. I don't know how I missed this; I've been waiting years for it, and it's been out for a year. Classic case of nonmarketing I guess.

Albert also has a new album out, Road Runner, which I didn't hear about, as well as a concert DVD. Who the hell is managing his career when the only guy who's ever hear of him (me!) doesn't know about new releases?!

I just got the video and it is barely different than my VHS copy. In fact, it looks like it was made from a production copy and not the master. Very high contrast, tons of video noise, 'clay face' artifacts and piss poor soft image. Audio sounds as good as it did before. Sheesh. Oh well, at least I didn't have to digitize it. I'll have to see how it looks on my upscaling DVD player. Now if only I could play guitar once in a while.

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