Avalon Roads

Crazy Week-end!

posterAs a full time musician… I thrive on playing music LIVE and playing as much as I can! My livelihood depends on it… but, it’s also FUN! I was made for the road…

My week-end officially started Friday evening with an Avalon Roads (Katie Lautenschlager & I – celtic duo)¬†event at Prairie Berry Winery. The event was a huge success as the event was sold out. We played for 2 hours solid! By the time we were done, my hands were slightly sore, which is fine… I LOVE this!

metroSaturday morning, I hit the road with my good friend Stuart Jenner. And by the way, he and I are starting a guitar company… building handcrafted, custom made electrics and acoustic guitars! The name of the company is called Selah Guitars. Look for us on Facebook and follow the birth of a new guitar company… would love to see you there! Anyway, our trip would take us to Casper, WY. Saturday evening we played at the Metro Coffeehouse… a wonderful group of friends came out for the evening. All in all a great evening!

stuSunday morning, Stuart and I played at local church called Casper Foursquare Church. Musically, it was great… and interestingly so because I was running on very little sleep as my dog Aubrey was diagnosed with a heart condition early in the week. This that time, every night has been a stressful time… and being away from home, I was awakened to an emergency at 4:00 in the morning and was up until about 7:00 am before I was able to get 30 mins of sleep before I had to head to the church for set up and sound check. Having Stuart along made a HUGE difference… what a gift he is to me! And… he’s like a son to me. I am blessed! So again… in spite of everything, Sunday mornings concert went amazingly well!

After spending some time with some friends… we were off and running, driving back to Rapid City because Avalon Roads was booked to play at the MUMPS Festival at 6:20 pm. I made it back just in time to warm up with Katie. There were a few extremely minor spots that were weren’t in sync musically, but… other than that, we ripped through our set playing extremely well! We were well received!

I came home to find Aubrey excited for my return (seeing that was HUGE) and she & I stayed together for the rest of the evening as I napped here and there.

This morning, she is doing better… the meds are settling in and she is more and more acting like herself! But we have a long way to go… but I am holding to hope!

Later on today, I head back into the Studio with a good buddy Woody Earwood (co producer) to work on a song called “Drive Ahead.” I am extremely excited about this new music… and can’t wait to share it with you all!

Avalon Roads

I am a HUGE fan of Ed Gerhard’s music! He compositions are amazingly tender, solid and economical in it’s approach. It’s the “less is more” approach and I am drawn to that type of playing!

Recently I decided to learn his version of Si Bhig Si Mhor. It’s a gorgeous Irish piece often played with rousing approach… but, Ed’s version is tender and slow… “lyrical” as Ed would say.

Anyway… his tuning approach is DADGBD (tuned down a half step).

I tuned my Eastman exactly like Ed’s to match his recording of the song and as I started to “drill” the piece… I started to enjoy this tuning approach. Being an easily distracted musician… I started to play with the tuning and soon I had a compositional idea and I started to write a new piece called Avalon Roads.

It’s FUNNY how that often happens… learning a new song and tuning approach can often lead to a new song!

Well… I am planning to record this piece soon, so… hopefully I’ll have preview for you to listen to within the next week.

Now… maybe I should get back to learning the piece I started huh?