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26 02, 2008

Instrument Shopping: The Miniolian

By |2017-03-17T01:04:07-04:00February 26th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: |0 Comments

This is a little Chinese-made, Texas-finished resonator guitar. Small body --- what they call "parlor size." Gets excellent reviews for the price --- $299, plus $25 to get it set up as a lefty. I always liked resonator instruments, and this would be something comfy for living room playing. But this is a roundneck instrument, [...]

25 02, 2008

Instrument Shopping: The Acoustic Archtop

By |2017-03-17T01:04:07-04:00February 25th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: |1 Comment

Got a little money in my pocket right now, and I've had the notion that either around my birthday in May or around Christmas 2008, I might get a new instrument.Acoustic archtop guitars were among the loudest guitars of the pre-electric era, and I've always liked the look. I play a little bit of guitar, [...]

11 02, 2008

We got the band back together

By |2017-03-17T01:04:47-04:00February 11th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , |8 Comments

Since my old trumpet-playing buddy has the cancer, I made a bunch of phone calls and managed to round up almost everyone from the old band, plus most of the guys from sick guy's spinoff band, and a couple of outright ringers. Still haven't heard the tape of the show, but it sure felt good.

7 02, 2008

Robert Cray, Comic Hero

By |2017-03-17T01:04:47-04:00February 7th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , |1 Comment

One of my early influences as a musician was Robert Cray. In the mid-eighties, he had a couple of big crossover hits that put blues into the Top 40, and did a couple of videos that really made an impact on me --- just a guy and a guitar, no pyrotechnics or other 80s excess. [...]

18 01, 2008

Imaginary Band: The Mighty Sons of Hercules!

By |2017-03-17T01:04:48-04:00January 18th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |3 Comments

I did a post awhile back about my discovery of the Sons of Hercules . . . this was a syndicated collection of Steve Reeves-type swords-and-sandals movies, where the narration was changed a bit to indicate that the lead character was a son of Hercules (thereby linking these otherwise unrelated movies).Now, I’ve been kicking around [...]

15 11, 2007

Imaginary Band: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

By |2017-03-17T01:04:50-04:00November 15th, 2007|Categories: Article|Tags: , |3 Comments

I’m listening to a lot of saxophone as I get ready to strap on the old tenor (or maybe the baritone) and play a couple of reunion shows with my old soul/R&B/oldies band. I’ve been interested lately in the New Orleans brass band tradition.Like any style of music, this has been through a lot of [...]

30 10, 2007

A Nerd Lunch Christmas

By |2017-03-17T01:04:51-04:00October 30th, 2007|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Y'know, I started updating the old Amazon wish list and adding a lot of instructional material on swing rhythm guitar. And then I realized that in this lifetime, I'm just not going to get around to learning swing rhythm guitar. I guess I'll be busy enough playing saxophone at what is shaping up to be [...]