Hey Everybody! Thanks for checking in!
BIG NEWS (APRIL 2015)!
The last few months have been really amazing. I’ve had some fantastic gigs with some fantastic people, recorded a new record with the Organic Trio, and had a chance to work on some other nice sessions with Brad Walker, Contemporaneous and Thomas Pol.
In January I was thrilled to be a part of the First Annual Danny Barker Festival. Detroit Brooks, a model human being and fantastic musician, wrangled a a large pile of guitar hotshots to celebrate the legacy of one of the main saints of New Orleans guitar and banjo. Danny passed away a little more than 20 years ago, and gave one of his prized instruments to the legendary Steve Masakowski. Steve brought Danny’s axe to the gig and we did a duet together which was a sweet moment.
Another January highlight was getting to perform at the Grammy Showcase event for the Memphis chapter of NARAS (that’s the one we’re in in New Orleans). I played a super-cool set with Alex Bosworth. If you don’t know her, you really should check her out.
In February I went to Bangalore, India with Evan Christopher and Don Vappie. We did some concerts and informances in a school and at an orphanage. The whole trip was surreal: I had spent almost half a year in India a long time ago, and it was such a completely different way to experience it, and, India itself is so different. Plus I was with two musicians that I completely admire; they are two of the seminal proponants of New Orleans music. To top it off, the people that put it all together, Rudy from Windmill Craftworks and his assistant Arhona, were so kind, so accomodating, and just perfect in every way. It really felt like a big dream - I’m so looking forward to doing it again.
After the trip to India, I spent the early part of March doing rehearsals and gigs with the Organic Trio in Germany. Our friend Patrik once again hooked us up big time, and the gigs were all really special.
In April Jean-Yves and Paul from the Organic Trio came to New Orleans for some more gigs, rehearsals and to track our second record. We had an amazing session at Dockside Studio. David Farrell hooked up incredible tones, and Bill Fernandez was great in the co-producer chair. The tracks are KILLING. Paul made the hang for a few days after the session so we could sift through takes. The official release will be in the Fall, but we have a showcase that we’re doing in May that we are trying to get a few things together for. His Mix-Majesty Neal Cappellino will be hooking up the final product.
The end of April and early May brings the Jazz Fest to New Orleans. I have a couple of gigs with Evan Christopher that I am excited about, and a cool Jazz Vespers with Cindy Scott, Aurora Nealand and Spencer Bohren. Please see my gig calendar for details.
TOURS IN THE WORKS
Please touch base if you would like to book one of these groups for a show, festival, concert, clinic or house concert.
- Doing a short run in Houston and San Antonio with Cindy Scott May 7 - 11, 2015
- Luxembourg, Germany and Spain with the Organic Trio and others May 16 - 22
- Cindy Scott Arkansas/Oklahoma June 4 - 8, 2015
- Cindy Scott Michigan June 17 - 20, 2015
- Cindy Scott Big Summer Tour Europe June 22 - July 8
- Northwest with Cindy in the second half of July, 2015
- Mid October ’15 with Cindy Scott in the Midwest (Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and more)
- Late Fall ’15 Organic Trio in Europe
- Late March/Early April 2016 Central Asia/India with Cindy Scott
- Late May 2016 India with Evan Christopher
Thanks to the people that keep me sounding good with their fine products: Mesa Boogie, D'Addario Strings, Bryan Galloup Guitars and Robert Keeley Effects.
Stuff You Can Look Forward To:
That’s all for now,
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STUFF TO CHECK OUT!!
The Organic Trio Home Remembered
Paul Wiltgen & The Paislies
Martin Urbach’s Free Will
Cindy Scott’s Let the Devil Take Tomorrow
Jirka Hala’s Make You Wanna Hala