June 18, 2012

Steven John Hopkins

June 14, 2012

Sam Moss - Neighbors

I'm really liking Desert Dogs on this new release by Sam Moss.  These sparse tunes are really showcasing his singing talents.  It's almost a shame he released those early solo acoustic instrumentals.  Just kidding, those were good works that shamefully never hit the blog due to some scheduling conflicts.  That's an angular way of saying I'm lazy sometimes.  Anyway, those were guitar, this latest work is focused on the banjo.

Take a listen to this cut recently posted on his site.
Whooee!  Let me get some more whiskey in my jar and contemplate that beauty.

Read an interview with Sam Moss by No Depression.

Want more?  Check out his other recent release, ALL CAPS.  Moss is clearly in the zone with his playing and writing.

So why don't you go check him out live?  TOUR SCHEDULE:

5.17.12 Easthampton, MA- Healy Guitars, 8 pm
5.18.12 Hudson, NY- Spotty Dog, 8 pm
5.19.12 Bennington, VT- Bennington College, 9:30 pm

The Howling Kettles
5.27.12 Putney, VT- Farmer’s Market, 12-3 pm
6.02.12 Brattleboro, VT- Strolling of the Heifers
6.09.12 Granby, CT- Lost Acres Vineyard, 7 pm
6.10.12 West Hartford, CT- Backstage Pizza, 6:30-9 pm
6.17.12 Putney, VT- Farmer’s Market, 12-3 pm
7.07.12 Grafton, VT- Private Event
7.12.12 Sheffield, MA- Down County Social Club*
7.14.12 Brattleboro, VT- Farmer’s Market, 11-1 pm
7.14.12 Brattleboro, VT- Headroom Stages*
7.15.12 Putney, VT- Farmer’s Market, 12-3 pm
7.15.12 Hudson, NY- Spotty Dog, 8 pm*
7.16.12 Brooklyn, NY- Red Hook Bait & Tackle, 9 pm*
7.20.12 Bradford, NH- Bradford Meetinghouse, 7 pm
7.22.12 Putney, VT- Farmer’s Market, 12-3 pm
8.16.12 Morrisville, VT- The Bee's Knees@
8.17.12 Montpelier, VT- The Black Door@
8.18.12 Brookline, VT- Wedding
8.25.12 Alstead, NH- Mole Hill Theatre, 8 pm^
1.19.13 Bellows Falls, VT- Stone Church Arts, 7:30 %

*With Evan Levine
@With Katie Trautz
^With Bradford Bog People
%With Hot Mustard

Jug-Tonk Stompers
5.24.12 Bellows Falls, VT- PK's Pub (Jug-Tonk Stompers), 9 pm
6.01.12 Saxons River, VT- Pleasant Valley Brewing (Jug-Tonk Stompers), 8 pm

Again, visit this talented guy at Sam Moss and the Bandcamp links above.


June 10, 2012

The Music of Leo Kottke Summer Workshop 2012

July 27-29, 2012

In this intensive three-day workshop, intermediate guitar students will have an opportunity to work on three compositions by guitarist/composer Leo Kottke. Archival video, enhanced computer capabilities, and specifically designed pedagogical materials will enable participants to study these pieces in depth.

This class also includes multimedia lecture/presentations on the background, career, compositions, and technique of Leo Kottke, featuring rare archival video of Leo Kottke discussing composition, performance, and a life devoted to music.

This year, the Music of Leo Kottke summer workshop will present “Standing in My Shoes,” “My Aunt Francis,” and “Agile N.”

Students should have at least some intermediate facility on the guitar and be able to read tablature. I will teach this class with the assistance of Benjamin Kammin, Andrew Lardner, and Josh Lane, who bring specialized background and depth to this workshop. Maximum enrollment: 45.

Registration is available at http://www4.uwm.edu/psoa/music/outreach/guitarkottke.cfm.

John Stropes, Director of Guitar Studies, Finger-Style Guitar

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts

A forum for The Music of Leo Kottke Summer Workshop 2012 is available at The Music of Leo Kottke Summer Workshop 2012.


June 8, 2012

Graveyard Stomps & Funeral Rags by Jerry Hionis

I'm a likin' Tombstone Rag, In Memoriam-Frank Herbert, Horse Head Fiddle, Mount Hope Cemetary Stomp...and more!  What do you like?  Oh yeah, and Sietch Tabr Stomp...

Buy it on Bandcamp by clicking above or at CDBaby.

June 6, 2012

Los ojos del sobremundo by Borealis


June 4, 2012

Doc Watson Live in Greenwich Village 1962

Arthel “Doc” Watson, legendary North Carolina guitarist and iconic American musician died Tuesday.  He was 89 years old.

I love to play Deep River Blues, it's a favorite of mine.  I happen to play it just a bit slower than Doc, haha.  Here's a nice solo set from back-in-the-day that recently showed up.

Doc Watson
Gerdes Folk City
Greenwich Village
New York City, NY

01 That's All
02 Black Mt. Rag
03 Farewell Blues
04 Blue Smoke
05 Deep River Blues
06 Dill Pickle Rag
07 Spike Driver Blues
08 9 lb. Hammer
09 Sittin' On Top Of The World
10 //House Carpenter
11 Brakeman's Blues
12 I Am A Pilgrim
13 John Henry
14 Blue Smoke

Download the show, MP3 256mbps

Mark Fosson: Digging in the Dust (Exclusive Stream)

from the Fretboard Journal
In 1976, shortly after acquiring his 12-string Epiphone guitar, Kentucky-born guitarist Mark Fosson recorded a set of demo tapes that were eventually sent to John Fahey’s Takoma Records. Fahey liked what he heard and signed Fosson shortly thereafter, going so far as to book studio time for the musician. Unfortunately, Takoma ran out of money and was sold to Chrysalis before the album ever came out, leaving Fosson’s studio recording in its wake. The finished album wouldn’t be released until 2006 (as Drag City Records’ The Lost Takoma Sessions).

On June 26, 2012, Tompkins Square is releasing Digging in the Dust, the stunning 1976 home demos by Fosson that led up to that lost Takoma record. The guitarist recorded himself in his living room, using a reel-to-reel tape deck and a rented microphone. He performed ten original compositions and one arrangement of “Back in the Saddle Again.” Though today he’s known more as an Americana singer-songwriter, these tapes are a testament to Fosson’s unique talents on 12-string guitar. If you’re a fan of Fahey, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang or more recent virtuosos such as the late Jack Rose, we think you’ll love this collection of forward-thinking guitar instrumentals.

The Fretboard Journal is proud to be exclusively streaming this album in its entirety to readers and guitar enthusiasts worldwide. The stream will only be up for a limited time, so if you like what you hear, we encourage you to pre-order the album here (CD) or here (mp3). The album will be available everywhere on June 26, 2012. able everywhere on June 26, 2012.

Stream it HERE