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Shovenish / Blog

Following 'last century jazz' and unforgettable guitarists.

Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Leon Bibb, Joan Armatrading, Andres Segovia, Jose Feliciano, Billie Holiday, Barbara Dane . . . Not to help me become a better musician but to lead a more fulfilling life


The two cool niche shops doing business in downtown San Jose are making their way towards establishing themselves. In particular, Seeing Things, a new Gallery, on 30 N 3rd St. has some cool exhibits and Jai the owner is very approachable. Come check it out. You can find my book, 'Pala - Taste of a Liquid Poem', for sale on the shelves right now! Next door, of course, is San Jose Rock Shop, another great spot to have around SJSU!

Fuzzy Blues 4th Verse - 2010

"These days I'm livin' in the streets so I can feel the people's heat. Its a simple song of want coming from the guts of society. In a simple blues I like to call ends meat. You can see it in the eyes of the people that you meet." - Shovenish (4th Verse/Fuzzy Blues, circa 2010)

Earliest 'Live' Recording of Shovenish: Circa 1993

I just have to share my first foray into music within a band setting. How fitting that a cassette recording surfaced of our only club performance, AND OUR LAST! Even more appropriate is that 'Wrote This 4 a Friend' is my first song ever written with a band in mind. And to capture it 'live' in spite of the low quality of a one mic cassette recording - it does still capture the essence of my first try at rock n roll! For this no apologies, just fond memories ;)

Will Shovenish Go Acoustic?

Writing poetry about being in a band nearly 30 years ago and as a songwriter almost 20 years ago, its not surprising that I would eventually lead a rock n roll band at some point. That it took me til June of 2008 to first take the stage is a little more surprising. I find that I am home hiding within the rock n roll shelter of feedBach but venturing out beyond that on my own will be more of a challenge. Just me and my pawnshop Takamine has been something on my mind of late. If all goes well, I will prepare a short set of non-feedBach acoustic originals for an open mic or two this summer. Stay Tuned!

feedBach @ Caravan October 9th: Rare Local Show!

Shovenish suits up with feedBach on October 9th and goes n stage at 9pm for a short opening set in another rare local appearance.