Monday, December 31, 2012

First Night Photo Op.

Great time playing The Elevens for First Night Northampton. Photo by Ivan Oransky.

Guitar De La Soir.

First Night Edition! 
Tonight's primary guitar: SG. Backup: Tele.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Guitar De La Soir.

Tonight is the Michael Nesmith 70th Birthday Tribute show. Thought about bringing the SG, but have decided to bring the Telecaster for the additional jangle factor. Hope to see some of you there.

Friday, December 28, 2012

First Night Northampton.

Poster by Gordon Daniels
See you Monday Night.

This is one of my favorite events each year, and I'll be joined by the familiar rhythm section of Fred Goodhue and Nick Dines.

We've got two sets at The Elevens, starting at 7pm.

Guitar De La Soir.

Tonight's our final rehearsal for the New Year's Eve gig, and it's the Fender Telecaster.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Introducing: Guitar De La Soir.

Welcome to Guitar De La Soir (guitar of the evening), the latest guitar-centric feature in here. It'll be a short blurb about which one I've chosen as my primary axe for that night's session or performance.

Tonight we're practicing (or is it rehearsing? — see my December 14th post) up at Fred's house, and I'm bringing the Gibson SG. That's it in the picture. Fred took the original photo a few years ago during a recording session.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Merry Gretschmas.

This image was in a recent email message from the nice folks at Gretsch, and is a sentiment I heartily endorse.

I already have the silver one (a reissue of a 1957 model), but if Santa wanted to bring one of the gold ones down the chimney next week, I wouldn't mind.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Practice or Rehearsal?

It's a familiar question. A couple of weeks ago, I got together with Fred and Nick for practice. Tonight we're having a rehearsal. Sometimes people ask me what's the difference.

Generally speaking, I've always used the word Practice to describe two situations: a) working alone on improving one's technique, b) regular sessions with a group. The term Rehearsal is one I use to indicate those sessions one does in preparation for a specific show.

In either case, one could be learning new material or going over the existing repertoire, nailing down the flow of each song and making adjustments to each arrangement as necessary. But in rehearsal, closer attention is being paid to the flow of the performance, working on intros and segués, and anticipating instrument changes and so on.

Hope to see you at the Grange Hall on Sunday (see last post). That was the first place I ever sat in with Fred's old band The Bluescasters (he phoned the next day to inform me I had been drafted into the group), so it'll be a sort of homecoming for us. Should be a fun show, and it'll definitely be for a good cause.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Benefit Show Announced.

 Another event has been added to the performance calendar for this month:

Williamsburg Grange Winter Wonder Pot Luck Party
Sunday, December 16th 6pm

Folks are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and there's a donation requested at the door ($5 or more would be nice) to help pay for Grange renovations. The Grange Hall is right next door to the Williamsburg General Store, on Route 9 in the center of Williamsburg.

Musical Lineup:
7:00pm  Brantner DeAtley
7:30pm  Susan Farrell
8:00pm  The Rick Murnane Band
8:30pm  Sean Burns
9:00pm  Bad Daddies
9:30pm  The Damon Reeves Band

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Concert Pics.

Photos: Ivan Oransky
This morning I found two pictures that our friend Ivan took during that online concert thing a few weeks back.

I especially like the top one because it makes me look quite a bit taller than I really am.

I'm only five-six, and was standing next to someone who is six-four. The lower pic is somewhat more accurate, obviously.

A lot of you have asked whether the event was archived, but that wasn't an option at the time (at least not through Stageit). If anyone recorded it somehow, let us know.

See you 'round.