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I'm always saying saw this band at school my friend at school, my teacher from school, open jam at school blah blah blah.

Well, if you wanna see what happens when you take a 90 year old public library and hand it over to a bunch o' hippies....this is it.

Currently, they get 7000 students a week through the institution (which includes an old Victorian painted lady in another part of town).

When the Smithsonian decided to publish it's folkways series, they simply called this place and mined the archives. It's THAT rich. founded by Big Bill Broonzy, among others. Taught Steve Earle and Roger McQuinn how to play, among others...

it's that cool.......

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / expressive player
« on: February 23, 2010, 05:04:46 PM »
Bill Frisell is possibly my favorite guitarist. When I've seen him live, I've laughed from surprise and humor because of the personality that comes through his playing. I've marveled at the how did he do that stuff, and I've rocked out.

Never heard him play acoustic though....not the most technically stunning performance, but you can hear a lot in the presentation.

Any Ideas on the guitar? I think Pike or Keel may have a guess?

Just sharing a little something beautiful on a Tuesday in February (where it is NOT as pretty as it is in Waco right now)

Just got two tickets, kids!!!!!!!!!!
woo hoo

The lineup: (same stage, same day)
Albert Lee
Allman Brothers Band
BB King
Bert Jansch
Buddy Guy
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Earl Klugh
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Hubert Sumlin
James Burton
Jeff Beck
Jimmie Vaughan
Joao Gilberto
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayer
Jonny Lang
Keb Mo
Pino Daniele
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth
Stefan Grossman
Steve Winwood
Vince Gill
ZZ Top

Vintage and Rare Washburns / 1988 Washburn HB35TS
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:16:22 PM »

1988 Washburn HB35TS MIJ
Ser No 8148
Maple top back and sides
MOP inlays
she's pretty well had the crap kicked out of her, and she plays like a dream.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / Vintage Electrics?
« on: February 16, 2010, 08:32:31 PM »
This is an acoustic sub section. What about a Vintage Electric section? You know I need more reasons to drop the same tired ol' pictures all over the damn place.

Vintage and Rare Washburns / 1981 Washburn Timber Ridge
« on: February 16, 2010, 08:26:53 PM »

1981 Washburn D60S Timber Ridge MIJ by Yamaki

Spruce top, Ovangkol back and sides,
Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard and bridge
Believed to be all solid wood.

'81 Washburn D-60S(W) Timber Ridge (Yamaki)
'88 Washburn HB-35TS
'92 Washburn EA20-12N
'03 Washburn Idol WI-67PROQTS
'04 Larrivée LV-03 w/ Fishman blend
Roland Cube 30X
Songworks Little Lanilei 3350LT

Howdy folks.
Wanted to do a shout out for a good cause. (and yeah, they happen to be family)

If any of you ever find yourselves near Grand Rapids Mi, Howard City to be exact, and love acoustic music, there is a relatively new venue that is doing it right. An old church that has been saved from the wrecking ball and converted into a venue/school.

Check it out!

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Happy Birthday Magoo
« on: February 08, 2010, 02:32:21 PM »
Hey man, you've been holding out on us!

Is this the big one???

(can't keep anything a secret anymore, buddy!)

saw a fantastic show last night. David Bromberg and Jorma Kaukonen, equal billing, with Barry Mitterhoff joining them.

Kaukonen was a breath of fresh air. Sat down with one guitar (rosewood Martin dread) and other than a capo and the occasional alternative tuning, just played that all night, no switching instruments, nothing. Unusual these days. Bromberg played his signature Martin, also rosewood, and a National all steel reso. He played a little slide on the Martin too.

Mitterhoff was a new one on me, and wow, what a compliment. Featured blues soloing, both on his Loar mando (WITH scrolls) and on an archtop Gibson tenor guitar.

I've been thinking that I'm too fragmented in my styles lately and it's holding me back from growing as a player. I mess around with a little fingerpicking on accoustic, I've been doing a lot of open G on a heavy strung git for slide, using a thumb pick. AND I mess around with my Idol and my tube amp,flatpicking youtubing Rush and AC/DC, Faces  [}:)]. I'm a mess.

 Well, last night was like a providential gift. Felt like a fusion of what I've been doing. Both Bromberg and Kaukonen play with thumb picks, and play fingerstyle blues. While Bromberg also loves to play electric, he prefers acoustic, and Kaukonen is committed. Another guy who I LOVE who is heavy on  the fingerpicking, but electric, is Bill Frisell.

Anyway, just felt like it gave me motivation to focus my efforts a bit. I got a DVD from Bromberg, two hours of instruction, with Tab in PDF, downloadable. How cool is that?

Great stuff. Quinn, I thought of you man. Know you love both these guys. Anybody else?

Oh, and sorry, no pics this time, I was selling the T's and shirts in the lobby between shows, so I couldn't do my normal stage crawl. Nice guys with beautiful instruments, though.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / OT: Electric Slide
« on: January 10, 2010, 07:33:09 PM »
Y'all know I'm working on the Little Feat repetoire, and long time obsessed with Lowell George and slide in general.

With Junior, Quinn and myself currently messing around with these notions, I thought I'd share a nugget I stumbled across. So sad he's gone....

Anybody else here play this style?

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / OT: Jazzy Blues
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:29:21 PM »

2 Jazz guys diggin' the blues.......
Just thought I'd share

Hey all,
Hope the chaos that is the week before Christmas is leaving you with a few moments to pluck a few strings and dwell...on...whatever. Dwelling, in general, is a good and increasingly rare thing.

As the topic thread says, I want to introduce you all to a good friend, and occasional teacher of mine. He just received word of an award and I've copied the text of the article, Which is still an understatement, in my book. On top of all the musical props, dude is a truly good human.

For you naturalists out there...any idea where the band name comes from?


Steve Dawson
There was a time when popular radio was defined by the craftsmanship and raw talent of folks like Al Green, Paul McCartney and Carole King. Steve Dawson would have fit in just fine. As part of Chicago's criminally under-known Dolly Varden he's churned out nothing but quality for 15 years, but his second solo outing, I Will Miss The Trumpets & The Drums carries the timeless inflection of vintage Roy Orbison and George Harrison. Personal, philosophical, and subtly orchestrated, Dawson's tunes sway with whispers of pedal steel, finely placed echo, and a tasty acoustic/electric guitar combo, all underpinning one of the great pop-rock voices of our time, a set of pipes both instantly appealing and flecked with warm, individual character. Think Ace-era Paul Carrack mixed with Elliott Smith and Big Star's Chris Bell. Put into service for compositions packed with melody, texture and winning wordplay and you have a classic artist hiding in plain sight. Listen!

Also link to the article....

Also, link to crude youtube clip, but it's Steve...if you know what I mean....(Childbride, you'll love this)

Peace, brethren


Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / open G
« on: December 14, 2009, 10:25:08 PM »
ok, bringing the group back to guitars...y'all remember those? [B)][:D]

So I've been playing in a Little Feat ensemble, mostly electric, some slide, some acoustic, all, ALL, open G tuning.

Wondering if any of you have any favorites by artists other than Mr. Lowell George, in open G, preferably well suited to acoustic crooning...
My first real indulgence of open tuning, and it's pretty cool.

so, what ya got?

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Grisman/Sebastian props
« on: December 11, 2009, 10:27:16 PM »
Hello all,

Had the privilege of seeing David Grisman and John Sebastian perform tonight. got to chat with Grisman a while afterwards and took a couple pics of some of there stuff between shows.

There's been so much talk about Mandolins and the like, I hope nobody minds....just for yuks

This is David Grismans Mandola (he took his mandolin off stage with him)

Sebastians Santa Cruz and a banjo

Grismans Banjuke??

kinda neat...the set list...

Since there is a renewed family vibe present here, I thought I'd share a thought, throw a bone out there and see if anyone bites. This can take shape over the next year or two and see if it develops, and ya'll can add to it as you wish.

I've got access to a 10 acre spread in the middle of the blueberry orchards of Southwest Michigan(blueberry growing capital of the world). What about a gathering? A 2 day open mic where we gather, eat, drink, play music, burn wood, watch shooting stars, you get the idea.

here's the stats:

10 acres, wooded, 220 feet lake frontage
2 homes + outbuildings (one is 5 bdr 3 bath, other is 4br 2ba)
outbuildings keep the bugs out, so you can sleep in them in summer.
pine needle floor in the woods for tenters

2:15 hr drive from Chicago (keep in mind, the first 20 miles exiting Chicago can vary WILDLY)

15 minutes from the Lake Michigan shore.

Fireplace inside, bonfire pit by the lakefront.

I've accommodated groups from 2 for a romantic weekend, to 70, sleeping on the grounds, to 350 for a lakefront wedding.

With months of planning, we could claim the joint for a summer weekend, and have ourselves a rip-roaring good time.

Here's a winter shot or two to give you an idea. the place is magic.

here you see PART of the waterfront, from the house, and the song circle, aka bonfire pit, in the distance.

here is the house (one of them) from the water(taken to prove to everyone that my one niece is capable of labor - she's carting wood to the fire)

After 20 years, i have hundreds more. Point is, there's lots of space, no televisions, but all other amenities.

Like I say, rattle the idea around for a few months, see if it sticks.


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