Recording Sessions in May

So here I am, at SMASH Studios. Working hard on getting tracks and vocals done. We managed to lay down 12 tracks in one ten-hour session (yes, that’s crazy). And it’s a solid foundation to build on. Next up, vocals and backing tracks. And the following weekend will be guitars and leads.

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Guys, I’m gonna have to get this one. Because reasons…

A co-worker sent me a link the other day. It takes quite a lot for some internet link to get me to sit upright in my chair. It’s been a while since I went “Wow. I want this.”.

I present you, the coolest pedal that I will pay a premium to have…

The Flux Capacitor Delay Pedal

 

flux_cap_pedal Brought to you by 4114 Custom Effects Pedals

https://www.facebook.com/4114effects – Facebook page

http://4114customeffects.co.uk/ – web site

and there’s a nice demo of it on Youtube! 

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OMG Twenty Fifteen!

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Another amazing year! I still haven’t been able to sit and get it all written down. I managed to top all of the previous years. I managed to exceed my own expectations and accomplishments. Am truly blessed and feeling very fortunate. I am grateful, humbled and very inspired to continue this trend. More practice, more creative time, more ways to get on a stage and just play everywhere. It’s going to only get better. 🙂

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Red Moon shows and more shows!

And and fun and tours and soooo much blogging to catch up on! I’d better do it soon because it’s time for me to update the darn site again. I’ll be back soon with a lot more and also a “What I did this past summer: European version.” Because that needs to be told. 😀

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Up Next:
The Bitter End – Dec 13, 2014 – 10PM

The Bitter End – Jan 16, 2015 – 9PM

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Bob Stewart was on NPR and I am thrilled about it.

I was just browsing through NPR and I see a familiar face! Bob Stewart was my Junior High School concert band teacher. He was the one to first put a baritone horn in my hands, then a trombone, and then a 1966 or 68 Fender P-bass in my hands that changed my life forever. I remember those days like they happened five minutes ago. He is at the top of my list of reasons why I play music. And there he is, still as inspiring as ever.

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/30/344317254/taking-the-tuba-above-and-beyond-the-low-end

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The Amber Flame

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An unlikely find. To be honest, I was not looking. The guitar was among a small listing of instruments that I was researching. They usually have a rather high resale value and this particular auction stayed well below what I consider my purchase budget limit (I really need to stay away from eBay for a while!). But it is a beautiful guitar and yes, the price was within my reach. I did ‘snipe’ it at the last few seconds of the auction.

I cannot say enough good things about Fender American Deluxe Stratocasters. This 2004/2005 guitar is made up of a two-piece ash body with a flame maple top stuck on it, LSR steel roller nut, locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, modern C neck profile and angled neck heel with an HSS pickup configuration. The beauty and quality are only the surface features. These guitars sound and play beautifully. And they are road-worthy. They are strong and reliable on-stage and can withstand the rigors of modern-day travel through all types of pressure and weather changes.

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An instrument restored

This post is a followup to my previous post about restoring a Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster “None More Black” model. I mean. It HAD to be written down! Today is the day I retrieved the guitar from the repair shop at 30th Street Guitars in New York City. After I completed my full restoration of the guitar and restored the electronics to stock condition, I asked Matt Brewster to fix up the ground wiring because I was unable to figure it out or get the technical documentation to get it right. Besides, now that Matt did his thing, I know this guitar will stand up to anything I throw at it. Thanks Matt!

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Read the whole story here…

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