HAVING A GREAT TIME AT SXSW!

What a great town, what a great scene, what great music! Kudos to Music Think Tank HOW TO GET ALL THE CRED OF PLAYING AT SXSW WITHOUT THE TIME AND EXPENSE

Dispatches from Sarge’s Garage

Dave Sarge is the go-to guy for amplifier repairs in this area, the guy that knows electronics, tubes, and speakers inside and out. You know the type – if he can’t fix it, then it ain’t broke. So, I felt both disheartened and relieved when, after checking on the status Read More

2013 >>> 2014

Of course I’m playing for New Year’s Eve! This will be the 5th year in a row that I’ve had the pleasure of ringing in the New Year with Maxwell Strait and all our Phyrst Phriends. It’s been a real honor to share the stage with my amazingly talented bandmates: Read More

Drawbar Organ Voicings

OK, this post is just for me so I can easily find this webpage again. But if you’re curious, “drawbars” are the sliders on a Hammond B3 organ (or a Korg CX3 in my case) that you pull out or push in to mix the sound. Each drawbar corresponds to Read More

The History of New Orleans Piano in 8 Minutes

This guy! Jon Cleary is the heir apparent to Dr. John, in my opinion, and this video demonstrates why. He effortlessly runs through a litany of piano styles, showing an easy mastery of each. I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen him several times on the Bluescruise, and he is Read More

Just Another Sunday…

Sunday’s jam got CRAAZY! I knew it was going to be good when I walked in just in time to see the Steelers roast the Ravens. And there was more heat when John Guyer brought his funky guitar to the stage, along with his harp-blowing-guitar-ripping friend Dave. Trevor twanged out Read More

Just Another Week in Happy Valley

Rolling along, watching the leaves change, and playing music. Already have one rehearsal and two piano lessons out of the way, now it’s time for gigs. Thursday @ The Governors’ Pub in Bellefonte, 6:30-9:00. Stop in after the BHS Homecoming Parade; be sure and wave Hi to Grand Marshall Patti Read More

I Believe In… The Blues

Thanks to WPSU for featuring my essay on “This I Believe”. ~~~~~~ Like most people, I get to feeling bad from time to time about one thing or another. Things don’t always go my way, and the march of daily disappointments often leaves me in the dumps. But what gets Read More

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Sorry, this post is not about sex or politics – it’s about communication. Twice weekly a small restaurant in my hometown hosts live music. Wednesdays a 4-piece all-acoustic group performs Classic Rock and Americana, Thursdays I play Piano-bar style Blues and covers. One weekend a year several Jazz duos or Read More

Jammin’

I play some really cool gigs every week, and hosting the music jam at the Darkhorse Tavern on Sunday nights has become one of the coolest, because of all the great folks who come to play. And also, because a lot of music lovers come out just to see and Read More