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For this blog post, I thought Id take a moment and speak about charity involvement. I realize that its not the most directly musical, or blues-related topic, but I suppose they are tangentially related. I wont try to connect the two in this post, but Im sure with a little thought, you can do the legwork.
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Micro finance Never heard that? What about microbrew? Of course youve heard of microbrew. A small brewery that makes small batches of beer. Easy concept, right? Same ...More »
Well, it is if you are us. We have begun in earnest to get our often-requested Christmas album under way. If we stick to a stringent recording/production schedule, we should be able wrap up the recording by the end of July and then get all the artwork, replication, iTunes-y stuff handled for a November release! Seems like a long way off, but time flies when you're having fun, as they say.
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A few months ago, I wrote a post about a country pop album I had been asked to play on. Well, they got it all wrapped up and it's on iTunes! I was thrilled to hear the finished product and proud to have been involved. If you follow the iTunes link below, it will take you to the album page and you can hear some snippets (or, ehem, buy a copy). My absolute favorites are "City Lights" and "Made Up Minds", but I recommend the whole record. PLUS, you get to hear 'yours truly' playing some sweet guita...More »
Just a quick blog post to show off a pic from the Riverside Festival of Lights. This has consistently been one of our most talked about shows throughout the years, and we loved being back. Check out some of the videos on our videos page. There's even a bit of an Elvis sighting in there.More »
I was recently asked to name one of my biggest blues influences, my response, Willie Dixon. Who?
Im sure most people have heard of Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but few had heard of Willie. Well, lets just say, if you like the blues, youve heard of Willie (maybe without knowing it). He is the most recorded blues songwriter ever. His songs have been covered by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Led Zep, Dylan, The Stones and Cream,...More »
At the time of this writing, we've got a cover of "Someday After Awhile" as the featured video on our front page. We've done this song for the last two years, and honestly, up until recently, it never really worked the way I wanted it to. The previous iteration of this song required a BIG sound all the way through, and yet, as a 3-piece group, it's really hard to maintain that, especially during a solo section. So, I broke out my old Coco Montoya CDs and we copped a bit of his feel.
Coco has bee...More »
As a songwriter, it is an amazing, surreal experience to hear my music pouring out of another person. I remember sitting in a recording studio not long ago, watching the keyboard player from The Eagles(!) record organ tracks on some of my music. I can only imagine the stunned look on my face as I looked at my buddy Joe thinking, "Is this really happening?!"
Fast forward to Sunday night... I got an email from my band's producer, asking for critiques on a track he was working on. The pair of sister...More »
Tommy Castro is one of my favorite blues musicians. The first album of his that I bought was "Right as Rain". I saw him perform at a club in Riverside, California and the band played the title track. I was blown away. That was the first time I had seen him, and I remembered every note of that song for weeks while trying to find the album. Do yourself a favor and get this album. You will thank me for it.Tommy Castro on Amazon More »