Great playing yourself!
Simply amazing man. you are a gifted person Don
Great tracks here and great talent,Wishing you all the best - Sanjay
Beautiful instrumentation on "Distant Memories"; I love it!
As usual, I left someone out that deserves to be mentioned. The sound man for the concert was Scott Holliman. He worked behind the scenes setting up the stage and microphone cables etc. Then he went to the sound board and did an incredible job mixing. This is the second year in a row that he has saved the show from technical problems. Excellent job Scott !!
The Saturday concert on 3/16 was a blast and a half. Jack Simmons is a veteran performer that is always entertaining. He plays finger-style guitar, blues, slide, and 12 string. His vocals are deep with a touch of Texas mixed with the Delta. His story telling is a Texas version of Garrison Keillor, only bigger and better. His stage presence, combined with his guitar playing, vocals and story telling makes for an incredible show. Jack can fill a venue by himself, but he invited some of us along for the ride.
Jack opened the show and made a few announcements and then called me up. I played all original compositions with one exception. I also played a couple of new pieces for the first time. I had not really planned on doing that, it just seemed like the right time to debut them.
Then Harvey Clinton took the stage with his band. He is a well seasoned blues guitarist that has played with some of the greats. Harvey is a true stage-man, and delivered as usual. He had in his band a high school aged student named DeMarcus Baysmore. This young man has only been playing guitar a couple of years and already has some serious chops. He definitely has a bright future as a guitarist.
Jack did the final set starting with an instrumental called Jack of Hearts. The song was written about his father (Jack) and dedicated to a cousin that just passed away. It was very clean, articulate, and very moving. Jack then called up Mickey Rausch (percussion) and Dan Haddock (guitar and harmonica) to join him. A thunderstorm of blues followed. Dan took the spotlight for a song and did some serious"multitasking" as Jack put it, singing, playing harmonica, and doing some incredible flat picking that would make Dan Tyminski proud.
For me, the real surprises were to see Dan Haddock unleashed and and a young talent like DeMarcus Baysmore.
Overall, it was a great show for a special cause. It was a fund raiser for the Altamesa Church of Christ Children's Home. It has become an annual event to anticipate.
Money just can't buy what you can Don. Thank you for making beautiful music to the world. JVI/Take a break/John Vallo
Really wonderful guitar playing...very inspiring:-)
Nice work you got here and this visit won’t be my last one here. I became a fan today and I wanna say thanks to you and Reverb for this moment I've experienced. Blessings.
Thanks for the listen, I will try to put up more material soon.
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