Category: Recording


Blues, Trivia, and TV

GovPubSignSpotlight on Bellefonte

It’s a special night at the Governors’ Pub in Bellefonte this evening – JT’s playing Blues and hosting Pub Trivia.

OK, that’s normal. But also, Sarah Lagerman from WHVL-TV will be in to film a segment for “The Centre of it All,” their program that covers local events and businesses.

Come early to get a seat and order one of the Guv’nor’s World-Famous Reubens.

Music starts at 7:00, Trivia begins at 7:30, and the beer flows all day long.

 

 

 

Dance Little Sister Dance

Andy and I recorded this at the Billtown Blues Festival in June, and you can hear us do it again this week at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College.

When and where you might ask? Both Thursday and Friday afternoons 4:30-5:30 in front of the Municipal Building on Allen Street.

And you can also hear it like it I recorded it, with the Zeropoint Horns and Pure Cane Sugar singing: The Denicats play it 1:30 Friday afternoon on the Festival Shell Stage. One more time! Yes, The Gill Street Band will also play it at Peoples’ Choice Festival in Boalsburg on Saturday 6:00-8:00.

So, your little sister can be dancing all week!

No-Feedback Microphones Coming Soon

Courtesy of Andrea Alu, Researcher and Professor at UT Austin, that squealing and rumbling that emanates from speakers on many a stage may soon be a thing of the past. As with any new technology, the first products will rather expensive, but this design looks like it could scale out petty quickly.

One-Way Sound
(article from Bloomberg Businessweek)

We’re No Longer Puzzled

Christopher Kent

Chris Kent has finally made it to YouTube!

For a number of years I’ve been recording piano tracks for various artists at Bill Filer’s studio, and one guy who’s given me a lot of work and credit, and has always been a pleasure to record with is Chris Kent.
Who is this guy?
His songs are intelligent and humorous, and his meticulous attention to detail is always guarantees a great recording. For this project he pulled out all the stops, enlisting some of State College’s top musicians to get everything right – which you can hear in the recording.

There’s jazzman Steve Bowman on saxophone, smooth-as-silk Pete Jogo on bass, Grammy-nominated Jack Wilkinson on drums, and the legendary Andrew Jackson on congas.
Plus, Chris called up some of the best voices in the area to be his choir: Kate Twoey, Trace Baker, David Whitmer, Stacy Tibbets, Ray Najjar, Morgan and Margaret Higgins, Linsdey Lane Lorefice, and Lynn Yost.

The song/video “Piece Of The Puzzle” is actually just one part of a larger project which ties together a 12-song CD and a book, “Staying Off The Wheel Of Misfortune.” The book’s pretty cool, nicely written and full of great advice that’s hopefully going to help keep me away from a bad ride.

Find all you need to know at ChristopherKent.com

Get Music for Free – Simply Don’t Budget for it.

Indie recording artist Nathan “Whitey” White got asked this question one too many times…

Whitey lashes out when asked to give away music for free – Disc Makers.

Does Famous = Good?

Reblogged from

Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method.

Built for the System or Not
by Tom Jackson

I was recently inspired by a Seth Godin blog, “Is a famous thinker better than a great one?”

Seth’s concept applies to artists and musicians, I think. Only the question for us becomes, “is a famous artist’s music, creativity, & show better than yours?” Because someone is famous, are they more creative, is their show better, and is what they have to say more valid than what you have to say?

Maybe… maybe not.

I like some popular music (pop, country, rock, etc.). There are a lot of great producers out there, as well as some very creative players with really good songs. But there are also a lot of artists that remind me of fast food.

Not that all fast food is inherently bad. In my travels I eat at some fast food places: El Pollo Loco (on the west coast), Taco Cabana (when I’m in Texas), El Pollo Tropical (in Florida)… those are some of my favorites.

But then there’s McDonald’s. McDonald’s has great branding, great marketing, and it’s conveniently located everywhere. But is it good food? I don’t think so.

A lot of popular music is like that: it has great branding, great marketing, and it’s conveniently located everywhere (on radio, TV, internet, etc.). But is it good music? Not always.

To be honest, when I go out to eat, I prefer going to a place where the chef is creative and not in a hurry. Not necessarily a famous chef. It might even be a good family restaurant that will never have a big world-wide chain. The chefs there get to do what they love to do, and they get to build a relationship with a community of people who keep on coming back. But they probably won’t ever be famous.

It’s that way with great music. Some artists will never be “famous,” but they “cook great food” (I mean make great music!). But they love what they do, and they make a living doing it. They’ll never (did I say “never?”), never get played on the radio. Does that make them any less valid or creative? I think not.

When I’m not working I like to listen to music many people have never heard of (because they’re not played on radio). Some of my favorite artists are groups like Shpongle, Afro-Celt Sound System, Zero 7. And I still love progressive rock bands like Yes, Gentle Giant, and others. I personally like trippy, creative, outside the box artists when I listen to music.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like popular artists who work inside the box, too. There are a lot of awesome artists who work within that popular music “box.” That’s because they’re still creative, they know how to work within the system, and their music, personality, & message fit into that system.

They were built for that system; some people aren’t built that way. And that’s OK.

Just because some of you haven’t achieved fame, fortune, and become a household name, doesn’t mean your music isn’t great. Because someone is popular, does that make them more important, more valid, worth more to people? I don’t think so.

So, for whatever it’s worth, I encourage you to:

be true to yourself,
be smart (know what it takes to work within your system),
and don’t compromise just to make yourself “fit” into the wrong system.

Because if you are creative, your music is extraordinary, and you have the ability to communicate that in a live performance – you have a shot at a career doing what you love to do!

This Way <> That Way

CD Released!

This Way that Way was released in the Fall of 2012 – 12 original tunes, help from 14? different musicians. Blues, Swing, Jazz, Ballad, Gospel, Rock….

And you can download your copy from iTunes or Amazon.

Yes the CD is done!  “This Way That Way” is available on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/john-j-t-thompson/id544347371

And on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/This-Way-That/dp/B008QJPVT2/ref=sr_shvl_album_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368457976&amp;sr=301-5