"I saw the Elvis Costello show the other day with John Prine and Lyle Lovett.After each guest played Costello asked them about their songs, their inspirations, etc. John Prine played a song which he said he almost never does solo because it works so…"
"Good thread on Health. I'm not sure how disciplined I am. Last weekend I went to Hartland, WI, just outside of Milwaukee to play a concert with Swedish sax player Johan Stengard,who played and recorded with ABBA, and was coming in from an ABBA…"
"You can remember/memorize more than you think. Practice doing the song as much as you can without looking at the lyrics and chords, then add just a little more, and pretty soon you will have it all. I rehearse in my head going to sleep sometimes,…"
"Picturing the audience naked will certainly replace stage fright with shock and awe.
Uwe Kruger advises that when he wants to settle in while performing, he might pick one person in the audience and imaging himself playing to that person."
"For stage fright I think one of the best things to do is practice until you know the material you will be performing so well that it is almost automatic. Just don't lose your focus. Also maybe start out with a ballad rather than a more up temp…"
"Don't know about greatness, but I've had some interesting encounters. Last year I was in the studio with Hilary Williams, Hank's Granddaughter, who was recording one of her songs. With us was Kenny Olsen the great guitarist who most…"
"BMI and ASCAP both do the same thing, collect money from the performance of music for the benefit of writers and publishers. As a writer you can only belong to one of these Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) at a time. If you wish to become a…"
There are many more qualified guitarists in this forum than me to address this, and I hope that they will share their experiences with you, however I will give you my thoughts. First, make sure you have a repetoire which you are…"
Wild Mountain Thyme
The Irish Rover
The Black Velvet Band
Whiskey in the Jar
Anything by the Irish Rovers
Lots of flatpicking songs, from jigs, to hornpipes, to reels, and waltzes.
"Great picture. I have loved Janis' writing for many years. I have performed her song Memphis (The Belle of the Blues) which she did as a duo with Willie Nelson on her FBI Confidential CD many many times. Hope we can meet sometime and pick a few…"
"Thought you all might be interested in this which I got on the Flatpick Guitar List. It is an unusual youtube video with a cross atlantic jam. It is with Jesper Deleuran from Denmark who is an oldtime musician. He has recorded him self and sent the…"
"Will: Nearly all of my guitar playing buddies look down on the banjo, but I was around a lot of five string stuff in the early days of folk, and I still love the sound of the clawhammer style, especially in minor tunings. I played the six string…"
"I had a great time last night doing the Feature Songwriter gig at the Writer's Night in Cocoa Beach at Nolan's Pub. Being an Irish Pub, the owners are very appreciative of live music, and quite gracious. It is always a challenge playing a…"
"Rob: You are in luck! I found your CD "THESEABIRD SESSIONS" I'm glad I wrote on it: "Rob English 5/77" Shame on you for not putting your name on it, but I got you covered. I will bring it for you Thursday."
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
'88 Martin Custom Shop D-28 Lashbrooked
'76 Martin D-35 Kimseyfied
Custom Kenny Blount Quilted Mahogany Dred/Passive Fishman
Custom Chris Bozung Coco/Ad Dred
Taylor 810 B Legends of Fall
Gallagher '71 Special
'88 Santa Cruz Tony Rice
'74 Alvarez Yairi 12 String
'68 Hofner 12 String
Bill you da man seabird was the very first 16 track studio in florida owned by bill conti I traded out my playing on commercials for studio time with the aim of making an album it was still vinyl then we never finished the album most of it is scratch vocal and the rest is live as a group at the time we were all behind isolation barriers with headphones on so I am amazed that we got some great fiddle and banjo takes as well as slap bass you have to remember back then New grass was a new thing I had just heard Sam bushes deubt at Camp springs NC with the revival heddy times indeed thanks a bunch I hope you come over to the house we will feed you and pick you know you are welcome anytime if you want to come here and rest or rehearse thursday or any day you are always welcome to come early or as they say stay all night stay a little longer THANKS again Rob most of that was produced and egineered by Dana Cornack also sonny metz they both went on to bigger things sonny produced or recorded mark O connors first record after winiefield everything happens for a reason and whatever reason I got together with you I am grateful for and the music surrounds us an I dont even ask will the circle be unbroken see you soon 321 480 4707
Hey, I am also revamping sugar foot rag and playing it in a celtic style I am calling it Walters reel if I do anything with it I am going to put Debi garland on it as cowriter hank got part of sugarfoot rag from a fiddle tune called sally gardens or something similar I actually have heard hank play fiddle and he could pull a bow of course he worked with some of the best right before hank died Vassar came by as did willie nelson and many others I have much to tell you and will update you on the further story I became aquainted with a fellow in japan who you would love to meet who can shed some light on the whole richie garcia george Shearing Mob controversy surrounding hank this guy was in The sixties band the association and Ambrosia and played with many jazz greats as well when I see you I will aprise you of the details and so it goes
Great, to hear from you, I have been working a little with Luna guitars check out there web site then let me tell you more, also they have just come up with a new mandolin series and lee is consulting with them up untill now she would only play her gibsons and they all are close to a hundred years old we also have a three point that was actually signed by orville I am playing a couple of different banjos however my favorite is a Vega which you need to come over and strum I was playing tenor for a while for Disney any way we have a lot of catching up to do usually Tony comes over after the gig on wednesday night and we make Pizza or something and talk late Tony needs some help with his producer music studio aspirations I am afraid he is just putting money down a dry hole so maybe you can dutch uncle him sometime I am fine and super busy havent seen Billy in a long while mostly since I spoke with harold bradley in las vegas about hank also I would love to put you in touch with hanks daughter she wasnt happy with the way the movie portrayed her Mom
Hey Bill what are you up to, really need for you to come by have dinner we are in a new home between river and ocean and lee and I are playing every wednesday night at an irish pub in cocoa beach YOU are welcome to come sit in any time I have playing with many of the central florida folkies and Tony Kinsellaa is in Tampa as of today to go leonard Cohen WE need to talk so call me or come by all is well Glad you are part of this community much to share with you Rob English