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This is my yearly hello from the fringes of the music
business and this corner of the Maine coast I call home. This is my 30th
year as an independent artist (a fancy way to say I have no job and buy
my own insurance), my 23rd year as a small record label owner, and the
12th time I have made one of these newsletters. Thats a lot of miles,
guitar strings, cups of coffee, cardboard boxes, mouse clicks, and a lot
of hours chasing a dream and lasso-ing a life-style. My hair, teeth and
organs, as well as my optimism and passion have all made it into the new
millennium and into my 6th decade intact.
Have had an extremely busy year with performing and travel, but had some good laughs, grew some good tomatoes, and saw a lot of people, places & things. Amid the chaos, I managed to release a new CD, my first DVD and a book.
The only obvious sign of decay is the crabgrass in the
yard which has taken advantage of my busy schedule. The supposed slowdown
in the music industry is not affecting me, and I had one of my best years
ever. I had a blast playing at a lot of festivals around the country.
|* For you Palm Pilot users- I licensed 13 seconds of my Suite in F for use in new photo software from Splash Data, called Splash Photo which is a photo-viewing utility for handhelds. No need for observant folks to tell me someone stole it.||*There has been progress on the book of guitar arrangements that has been years in the making (or not making...) I was busy with the DVD, re-publishing the guitar textbook (see inside) and this book will get done in 2005. Were editing it and starting work on layout and. Most of the notes are written down now.||I am getting very involved in the exciting new technology behind the Fishman Aura amplification system, and have been doing research and in-store workshops showing people how it works. I think it is a real breakthrough, and in this noisy world we need all the help we can get.||
Got some new guitars this year you might see at a show soon- a Chrysalis and a Taylor 12-string.
|I have made it to every show since my career began. I dont have an exact count, but it is around 5000 performances. I have not been sick, injured, drunk, or delayed by traffic, never missed the plane or bus. Bad weather has never even kept me from a gig, nor has poor planning, car trouble or just bad luck. I still get a knot in my stomach when I am home on a weekend night off, thinking maybe I forgot to go to a show somewhere. I dont think Ill get a gold watch; maybe not even a pat on the back.||
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Just released the first video! A concert from Ohio in April 2003 was beautifully filmed by the Cable 9 team, and my video guru told me he rarely encounters such good camera work and audio, and recommended I do something with it. I liked the selection of songs I did, and I liked the way I played them, so now you can listen and watch as if you were there that April night. Surround sound, with lots of close-up camera work. Plus it has 14 hidden audio tracks (the 1st cut from each of my CD's) so there is a lot of music there.
NEW CD RELEASED IN 2004
|I am very excited about this new collaboration
CD with fiddler/singer/songwriter/wife Joyce
A mix of original, traditional and covers, it showcases tight harmony singing and instrumental work. We share the songwriting and lead vocal roles. So far fans, radio and critics have given us an enthusiastic thumbs-up for the 13 songs and 2 instrumentals.
This CD is rootsier than the last; it features a healthy dose of slide guitar and gospel blues flavors, with a hot fiddle tune, country duets, ballads and 4 new originals. Songs by Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie Johnson, Lemon Jefferson & Norman Blake are interspersed with some old traditional favorites, plus some brand new songs from both of us. I think this is a strong CD, with good material played as well as we can play it.
There is some 12-string guitar, 6-string banjo, and more mandolin than I have ever put on a record. We recorded most songs live in complete takes (as usual), and did a lot of jamming, so the music is fresh and alive.
Jack of Diamonds, Church Bells, Good Years, Trimmed & Burning, Cant Let Go, Losers in Love, The Spring Hill Reel, Revelations Roll, Billy Gray, Primitives, Bound For the Promised Land, Ill Fly Away, Louis Collins, More Precious than Gold, Ode to Billie Joe
| Best roadside sign of
was in Beausejour, Manitoba. I swear that this is a Real Photo, undoctored. I had to rub my eyes when I saw this. Sure makes you want to ask a few questions, which I did not do, so I cant answer yours. The business was well-maintained and looked quite prosperous. (HR)
THE GUITAR TEXTBOOK GETS RE-PUBLISHED...
I am very pleased to announce the re-publication of a
book I wrote in 1980 and that was published in 1984. It is called Modern
Folk Guitar and it has been quietly in print for the last
20 years, only readily available at college bookstores where it was
being used as a guitar textbook.
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