BLOGGING AND VLOGGING FROM CANADA'S BEST KNOWN UNDISCOVERED OLD WHITE BLUESMAN

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

May so far: Lots of progress. The CD has been re-sequenced and now ready for production. The design is going to move fast now that I've approved the cover. I have to get some advance copies out to any folks who are likely prospects for a good quote for the one-sheet. Listening to the CD again tonite, it came together in a new way. I hope this is a CD that will grow on people...maybe get played more than once or twice on the blues shows. We'll see.

After making up a nice poster for my "Motherless Day" gig and creating a .jpg (scroll down to view it) I never got the word out to my "Fanlist". What's worse, the email addresses of many new fans are not even transferred over to the computer, yet. I must send out a june update, since I have a remarkable seven gigs in June - remarkable for me, anyway. Not for long, though. There's bound to be some folks that will want to see me live and when they do, I'm confident I can plauy them some good blues and put a smile on their face, too.

Last night I went to a native-style pipe ceremony where Ifound myself in a gathering of intersting folks. Several were planning trips here and adventures there and I started to look forward to doing some touring because that will be like getting paid to go to new places. I always have a little trepidation at first, but I get into it. I am a terrible navigator though. If there's a possiblity of a wrong turn, I'll probably take it.

Anyway, B.T., our guru/shaman mentioned that in our meditation we should try to visualize the light pouring forth out of our skeletons. That was an easy one and it felt great - especially when we goy into very deep silence. He also invited any unknown ancestors to manifest themselves and sure enough, the moment he said that I felt the presence...well I felt transformed for a moment into an elderly Indian lady (squaw, I guess) with head tilted a bit and braids in my hair. Not saying much, but observing and gathering the wisdom to be dolled out at the appropriate time. That was an interesting moment. I want to go looking through Remmington paintings and 18th century photos of natives to see if I might recognize my great-great-great-grandma.

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Join us on Motherless Day

Finally got to see the design for the CD and it's brilliant. Even though it doesn't make use of the promo pics I provided, it's got a very recent snap of me on the cover and an interesting concept. I'm ready to roll with it and Fred L. just called from New Orleans to give his OK so we're definitely in the final phase.

I've settled on a band format for festival gigs in June - it'll be me on the resophonic with mandolin (Andrew Collins) and violin (Chris McKhool). I'm going to miss having piano, bass & drums but this way we've got a very mobile configuration and I intend to make use of that and do some "strolling"

Three shows I wanted to see in a row last week - The Mississippi Hippies at Hugh's Room (didn't make that one), Blue Room then Carlos del Junco at the Dollar. Carlos band was tight as hell - coming off three and a half weeks on the road. Shawn Kellerman playing guitar and covering admirably for Kevin Breit on the far out stuff, but mostly laying down some solid blues - that's what the folks wanted and that's what they got.

I'm told we can get regular CBC Arts updates just by pasting in this URL:

http://rss.cbc.ca/artsnews.xml

Monday, May 2, 2005

Entering the final phase

Finally got to see the design for the CD and it's brilliant. Even though it doesn't make use of the promo pics I provided, it's got a very recent snap of me on the cover and an interesting concept. I'm ready to roll with it and Fred L. just called from New Orleans to give his OK so we're definitely in the final phase.

I've settled on a band format for festival gigs in June - it'll be me on the resophonic with mandolin (Andrew Collins) and violin (Chris McKhool). I'm going to miss having piano, bass & drums but this way we've got a very mobile configuration and I intend to make use of that and do some "strolling"

Three shows I wanted to see in a row last week - The Mississippi Hippies at Hugh's Room (didn't make that one), Blue Room then Carlos del Junco at the Dollar. Carlos band was tight as hell - coming off three and a half weeks on the road. Shawn Kellerman playing guitar and covering admirably for Kevin Breit on the far out stuff, but mostly laying down some solid blues - that's what the folks wanted and that's what they got.

I'm told we can get regular CBC Arts updates just by pasting in this URL:

http://rss.cbc.ca/artsnews.xml