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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 06:00

Click for larger imageI realized today that I haven't updated the "News" section in over a year.  So much for keeping the news up to date.

The best "news" I got at the end of 2012 was that I was nominated as Best Country/Folk/Singer-Songwriter Artist by Offbeat Magazine for their "Best Of The Beat" Award.  It's my second nomination.  My competition for Best Traditional Jazz CD (for an almost all original music CD?) in 2000 were Wynton Marsalis and Kermit Ruffins.  Kermit could have been elected Mayor of New Orleans that year, and Wynton Marsalis is an unstoppable force in music.  So I had no delusions about winning.  This time, I do.  

I am finishing up some old business: a Chip Wilson Nouvelle archtop guitar, started about 20 years ago, is close to gig-worthy with the help of Vincent Guidroz of New Orleans Guitars, who has sprayed a lovely finish on it.  This poor guitar got lost in the personal shuffle of my life, traveled from VT to NOLA, then back to New England after Katrina, then back to NOLA.  It's sat in a half a dozen cases and gig bags, in at least as many closets.  When it's fully up and running, I'll post some pictures.

I am also scripting some brief instruction videos to develop some interest in workshops and instruction.  They will include a brief introductory video, and then instruction on adding some character to your bass lines, slide guitar in standard tuning and some songwriting tips.  If you come to New Orleans, and you would like an individualized lesson, contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Or contact me anyway...

I am working with Mark McGrain ( on developing a book of charts of both originals and classic tunes.  I hope to be able to present a band with another chord instrument capable of soloing, such as guitar or vibes, and as many as three horns, reeds or even a violin.  Hopefully, it will be a project I could take anywhere, and pick up musicians for performances away from New Orleans.  In the meantime, while I remain committed to my solo guitar gigs, I am also happy to be regularly doing duo gigs with Mark as well as Frank Fairbanks, a very fine guitarist.

I'll try to keep up better with the news department!  Happy New Year! 

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