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Sunday, February 27, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
The last two times that I went to Karma on Wednesdays I was unlucky - they have a lottery to see who plays next, and my name wasn't drawn before 12:00 and I became to tired and smoked-out to stay. Karma sure is a popular place, and I have to say that it has the worst sound of the places I go. I went this Wednesday and there were a few good acts up... really good acts. And I sat with Youssou Seck for a beer or two; I've seen him play at some other open mics and also with Aaron Young. I believe that Youssou, along with the group members of Takadja, won a Juno award in the last year or two for best global album. Very cool! I invited him to come to Eddie Bo Dean's on any future Sunday night.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
I went up after Rebecca and even by that time some other musicians started to arrive. I played three Tea Party songs in an open C tuning: "Sister Awake", "Winter Solstice", and "Sun Going Down". People enjoyed hearing these songs, or perhaps moreso hearing someone play non-usual songs in a non-usual tuning. People mostly liked "Sun Going Down" because of the slide guitar and the style of the song. After my set, Josh asked if I would come to the recording studio and record - I will be a test subject for his student (he teaches recording engineering). I of course said "Absolutely!"
There's another fellow that comes occasionally, named Tyler, that plays slide blues - he deserves an honorable mention. His tuning was a little out but it was still very cool to hear him play - a refreshing break from the usual stuff you hear. Greg went up again and played a good set of songs, this time my favorite was probably "Lost Together" by Blue Rodeo, and Josh and I went up and provided backup vocals to this song.
Later, a bluesy fellow named Dan wanted some accompaniment so I played some basic 12 bar blues while he went nuts on the guitar... he's fairly fast and has a flair for Stevie Ray Vaughan. I think he's really young and already quite good, so watch out for this guy in a few years!
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Lester had two guitars, one simple looking hollow body with a classical headstock, and one beautiful resonator guitar with lightning-bolt cut-outs. Mae had a beautiful looking Larrivée guitar. At one point in the evening, they played a song about rain that Mae wrote in 1979, and for this song Mae played an Appalachian Dulcimer while Lester played an African Imbura (Imbura means rain) - this was a very cool break in the show. Mae has a wonderful voice and plays in what seems to be a non-standard tuning, or non-standard chords that offer wonderful voicings to the music. As for Lester, well... he's Lester (which means he plays fantastic slide blues). It is a joy to watch him play as his eyes close and his mouth staggers somewhat open - he really gets into playing his guitar.
Another cool moment came in the second set when they played "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain". I also learned that "Time Takes Time" is Mae's favorite song of Lester's: Mae fell in love with the song once hearing it on the radio and it wasn't until later, when she and Lester were on their first date, trading songs, that Mae learned it was Lester's song! I thought that was a nice story. Lester and Mae seem to be very happy together - they have been coined as "musical soulmates".
At the end of the show I purchased Lester's CD "So Here We Are" - I felt compelled to do so since I have been enjoying a copy of this CD for some time. I have thrown the copy out and now have the original, which I had Lester autograph, and also comes with some digital videos on it that can be viewed with a computer. I also wanted to buy Lester's and Mae's recent CD called "Oh My" as they played several great songs from this CD during the concert... but I'm on a budget... next time!
Friday, February 18, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
Greg brought his friend Chantal tonight and she was had a great time watching us and the other talented folks play. I was hoping a friend of mine would come as well... next time I guess. I'm pretty flippin' tired now, so I'll end off with the songs I played:
Pearl Jam - Daughter
Jesse Rivest - Deadbeat Blues
Jesse Rivest - Crazy French Girl
These are the only three songs I know in an open G tuning. Daughter was well liked, however people definitely like Deadbeat Blues, even though I screwed up the lyrics twice! And I received some comments on my slide playing in Crazy French Girl. I'll record Crazy French Girl soon, I am just finalizing the parts of the song. Good times!
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
I played some E tuning songs when my turn came:
Xavier Rudd - Solace Amongst the Sin
Xavier Rudd - No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley)
The Black Crowes - Talks to Angels
The songs were well received, and have been at a few past appearances; I plan to keep them in my set! I ran into Greg again; he played a few songs including "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind"... both were quite good. He plays harmonica with the guitar which is cool.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
I need to install a piezo/ribbon pickup in my guitar because I have nothing now, and that electro pickup has crappy sound, anyways.