Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 2017

Well, we're halfway into the month! 2 weeks ago I posted about my 2017 Goals and invited you along for the ride! So, quick mid-month follow-up...

On-stage at Lexi-Fest Festival 2016
Kickin' workouts so far and about to go do 1000 stairs this morning.

Did some in-studio demo-ing of Bergstok Guitars and am having a fantastic chat with the owner - more details later if anything comes of it. But the guitars are fantastic, Sean is incredibly forward-thinking, and he's gonna be rich (with or without my input) very soon. Big shout to Dustin & Joshua over at Spectrum Entertainment.

Doing some TV & radio tomorrow (Thursday), session work Saturday, big story on me in the local newspaper Sunday, back to teaching Monday, Red Barn Radio appearance Wednesday (about a dozen radio stations across the southern US), some more press through the week, and the 3rd Lexington Music Awards Sunday, January 29.

Booked Morehead (songwriting clinic at a coffeeshop, evening gig at venue, and booking a clinic at MSU now) and now Angelee and I are working on Richmond, KY, Lexington, KY, Cincinatti, OH, New Albany, IN, and Nashville, TN....and more!

Also have a featured photo at Knotty Boy (dreadlock products)...which is largely irrelevant from a career standpoint, but fun!

Had a blast speaking and performing at the LexJam 10th Anniversary show! I backed up Chung Yen Twins playing percussion, then stepped out and talked LexJam history, SDML Academy of Guitar, and then played a sneak peak at my new recording project with the folk classic Wayfaring Stranger.

with drum & pipe band at 2nd Lexi Music Awards
Also now mid-project on doing some co-producing and guitar & bass on the new Marsha Lee album. VERY excited about what we're doing on this one! Nate (SD Mobile Recording) is at the helm. Gonna be a good one!

Haven't had enough time to work on personal guitar skills, but I'm going to go after the scales and fingerstyle (ostinato) techniques first. Gonna try to shoot some before-during-after videos.

Still a LONG way to go to achieve al the 2017 goals, but we're making a pretty good start.....

How about YOU?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 GOALS (not resolutions)

I don't mind resolutions, but it's almost a tradition to break them (haha!). So...this is all about setting goals - both "process" goals and "product" goals.
On-stage at Lexi-Fest Festival 2016

Really, it's the same as our lifestyle challenges, but those got few and far between, with most comments happening on social media instead of here. So the idea here is to use this post as a PLACE to go to keep track of your goals, keep them at the forefront of your mind, and help each other stay focused....not to mention, sometimes we can help each other on the journey by some sort of collaborative effort. are some of my goals:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Year End SD News

Onstage with the Mighty Max Corona of Classic Rock 92.1!

Crazy year....crazy month....crazy week so far.

1) Our web-sites are all up-dated and active, and more info on all coming soon. See for guitar lessson info & resources, for my official site (focus on my stuff & hiring me), for my other official site (covers all our projects at SDML), for info on the LMAs, and of course Skinny Devil Magazine at where you'll find art, music, reviews, photos, art, literature, essays, poetry, fashion, and lessons, and more!

2) Doing some press for the LMAs and more soon. Herald-Leader in Lexington and more in surrounding areas. Stay tuned for links!

3) Speaking of LMAs....the show is gonna be amazing. Lots of incredible performances, new categories, pro panel hekped this time around, and more!

4) Booking gigs, as I mentioned last time, in KY, TN, WV, OH, IN....performances, school clinics, and workshops in songwriting and improv. Stay tuned for dates & info!

5) As always, check out my entire on-line back catalogue of music (does not include my session work for others) at BandCamp and go check out my new ReverbNation page with samples of past & current ,music, gig calendar, photos, video, links, etc!

6) January 9 starts our new session of GROUP guitar lessons!

That's it for now!

See ya'll next year!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Skinny Devil News

Quick up-date...
On stage at Lexi-Fest 2

1) We've been working hard on the web-sites SDML Academy of Guitar (thanx Paulie Felice!) and SkinnyDevil.Net (thanx Becky and Richard!), and the old site SkinnyDevil.Com will be back on-line soon. Not sure what I'll use it for, but I'll definitely be using it!

2) Angelee (my fearless and amazing manager) and I are booking gigs now for 2017 for school clinics, store workshops on songwriting, improvisation, corprate team-building, and more. Drop me or Angelee a line (you can reach her at FeltnerArtistManagement).

Gigs should include KY, TN, OH, IN, and WV for now. Then more....

3) I've been doing some press as of late...over at WUKY (re: Lexi Music Awards), OverHeard Productions (because its always fun to chat with Bill), and just did BalconyTV

4) As always, check out my entire on-line back catalogue of music (does not include my session work for others) at BandCamp and go check out my new ReverbNation page with samples of past & current ,music, gig calendar, photos, video, links, etc!

5) Great new content over at Skinny Devil Magazine, too! Poetry, music lessons, essays, and more!

That's all for now....

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy 52 to Me

Lexi-Fest 2 on Labor Day.
The day started well.

Up very early with the boys (Wayne, 5, Rylan, 4, and Grayson, 18 months) and fixed them a big breakfast...hashbrowns, turkey bacon, fruit. Then played and played! Their Nana got them for long enough for me to grab a quick work-out (quick brisk bike, 3 rounds on the heavy bag, and 100 pull-ups) but then I got them again because she was ill.

It's no secret at this point that the divorce is final, but we're prepping the house for market and selling it before we'll be in different homes. Sooo...I'm enjoying all the time I can get with these grand-babies we share custody of, while I still can. And they are a HUGE amount of fun....even if I feel like they're trying to kill me (haha!).

Grabbed coffee and fruit and steak tataki (which is to say, only quickly seared - mostly raw) and a snack of carrots and fresh guacamole.

Morning ODIS photo for the records.
The workouts haven't been as Olympian as the past due to a more hectic schedule, but I'm roughly the same weight as the past 2 years...just not quite a "cut", as you can see in my ODIS photo (as compared to birthday 50 and birthday 51). But not too shabby. But the comparison does me good to see, because no excuse is good enough. I will endeavor to shred even more by the first of the I may follow up with a new post or just in the comments below sometime soon.

Be that as it may, I made my way (with zero prep time!) over to Twisted Cork a bit before 6pm. Ray kicked things off (man, he is sooo good!), and then I jumped on stage and spent the next 2.5 hours having an amazing time with new and old friends playing music on-stage (most of it with no rehearsal or any idea what we were about to play...and much of that I didn't know...which is half the fun!). I hesitate to name names because I'm bound to miss someone when I make lists, but Paul and Mary and Thomas, and Chris and Heather and Ande and Mira and Ray and Whitney and Jeanna and Warren and Blackii and Greg (on bass throughout the night, as Friday was his birthday) and Marsha and Jim and many more besides! Lots of hugs & handshakes and lots of music was made!
With Mary on vocals...
Ande on vocals....

We played right up until they had to throw us out (haha!). I gathered my gear and stopped to chat, then realized I was (owners/employees aside) the last to leave. I loaded my gear in the truck, looked around at the gorgeous clear black skies, and was suddenly overwhelmed - despite divorce and all the implications of raising grand-kids and the financial disaster that follows all that and the stress of living with one's ex and any other of my many first world problems - with the reality that life is damn good. Damn good. My problems are, in fact, just first world problems, but the good is better than most people ever get. And so I have zero room to bitch about anything. At all. Ever.

Sooo...I put off meeting with Nik and Damien and Chris (Liz came by to visit the boys, so I did see her) until Maria is well so I can help with the boys, so I'll see them (and my 2 grand daughters) later this week.

And if my recurring dream (as outlined in my 50 post) holds true, I still have plenty of time to go make a difference for everyone, in my on-going mission to create opportunities, build something my kids can be proud of (like the Lexi Awards and Lexi-Fest Concert Series, and all the projects of Skinny Devil Music Lab), and secure my creative legacy..

Time to get busy.

VIDEO of Paul & I Jamming!