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Friday, November 11, 2011

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A very fitting day for such a rare grouping of dates. Remembrance Day is a very important day and should always be recognized.

Took my Gibson ES 339 into the Twelfth Fret to get a neck tweek and now it plays even better. Change of season can be unfriendly to guitars. Any guitar player who hasn't been to the Twelfth Fret is missing out!! I love this store and lucky me, it's at the end of my street.

Finished mixing singer-songwriter Tracey Dey's record and it's now ready for mastering. Should be out soon. The recording sounds amazing. Great songs ( Tracey wrote 4 and co-wrote one with me plus a Sade tune), amazing musicians (Mark Kelso, Chris banks, Kevin Turcotte and Jake Chisholm on lap steel) plus Tracey sounds great. I produced the record plus played guitars, mandolin and back up vocals and mixed it. I really enjoy producing, especially when the artist allows me lots of artistic freedom. It gives me a chance to play different styles of music which I might not get the chance to play live.

Listened to:

Donald Fagen's Nightfly. Great guitar playing from Larry Carlton and a beautiful tenor solo from Mike Brecker on Maxine. I'm a huge Steely Dan fan and Donald Fagen's first solo album is fantastic. Great writing! Listened to Wynton Marsalis' Thick in the south - Soul Gestures vol.1  with Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, who always sounds great, Robert Hurst on bass and Marcus Roberts on piano. Drummer Elvin Jones and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson appear on one tune. Really like this record and Wynton sounds great. What a trumpet player.

Country singer Alan Jackson's Freight Train with the scary Brent Mason on guitar along with the Nashville A team. Man, Brent Mason can really play.

Buck Owens and the Buckeroos. I loved that Bakersfield sound made famous by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and later by Dwight Yoakam. This style of country music started in Bakersfield California in the mid to late '50s and was a stripped down sound with electric guitar (usually a tele), an acoustic guitar, bass, drums and pedal steel as well as harmonized vocals. It was quite different than the more lush, string laden sound coming out of Nashville at the time. The Bakersfield sound has produced some great guitarists like Don Rich (Buck Owens), Roy Nichols (Merle Haggard and his band The Strangers) and Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam).

That's it for now.
Have a nice weekend.


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