Friday, March 16, 2018

NEW at SDML Academy of Guitar

LOTS OF NEW opportunities coming from SDML Academy of Guitar! In short....

1) New 8-week session of group classes starts next week (March 19)....with private lessons on-going on monthly basis.

2) About to announce location and date of next recital, which will be at a public venue! Set aside some time in MAY.....

3) NEW....."sit in with the band" program! JD, Paulie, and I will have about 15 songs we'll be playing live (monthly or quarterly) in a nice venue and you can learn any of them and jump on stage to play (guitar or bass or drums) or sing (lead or backup), and get the experience of playing in a band without the full commitment of learning the entire set. Nothing like it!

4) NEW....the acoustic version of the above! Akin to an open mic, but I'll be on stage to take the lead OR back you up. Been doing this sort of "jam" for my birthday the past coupla years and the format is definitely a great experience for all!

5) BRINGING back the STUDENT SHOWCASE gigs! From songwriter circle acoustic setting to full on rock bands, we'll have multi-artist shows exclusively featuring students' projects!

6) SD BOOKING is now handling WS preshow and some Troubadour preshow slots. Let me know if you're interested in opening for national acts!

7) I'm working on a new album now....but feel free to check out my last release (which came out last year) titled "...Public Domain..." that features old folk/blues songs with an uber-modern twists!

8) THE SDML website is cranking...full of information as well as the student resource page with handouts and videos of everything you need....and more coming soon!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring Lifestyle Challenge

Ssooo....It was brought to my attention we haven't done a lifestyle challenge in a while, sooo....
2018 Music

For those new to the challenges, it isn't to compete against others. It's to push yourself to greater heights, have some company & inspiration along the way, and a few ideas the help get us focused. For example, you can use this waving of the analytical knife to help organize your goals:

1) Exercise - Set a specific plan or goal(s). Keep us posted weekly (or more) on your progress!

2) Creativity - Music, art, writing, acting...set a goal to complete by month's end. Keep us posted!

3) Personal life - Re-affirm your personal relationships, get to that project/chore you've been avoiding, or just read a book you've always wanted to read!
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4) Professional life - Set a work goal or change jobs or....just tell us what it is and keep us posted!

I'll post my goals below, and then provide weekly up-dates...

How about YOU?

Saturday, December 30, 2017


THANKFUL FOR so many things in 2017....

EP released...
 .....lots of time with the kids and grandkids....smooth(ish) ramping into the 4th Lexington Music Awards....successful gigs like Lexi-Fest 3 and songwriting workshops and a helluva birthday session work and album releases and more on the way....backing (a few on TV & radio) stellar artists like Tabi Gervis and Marsha Lee and others....having the opportunity to book students & others for some amazing gigs via Skinny Devil Booking....reaching so many personal & professional goals....being far more healthy than is warranted by my past & present lifestyle (and still slamming brutal workouts)....being blessed with amazing guitar/music students & the progress of SDML Academy of Guitar....being surrounded by more incredible & interesting humans than I could possibly deserve....the continuing success of the Guitar Gods interview series & Skinny Devil Magazine....and sooo much more.
Me and my life-long friend Gregory Francis

I am astounded every single time I wake up and realize that I'm not dreaming - I really do get to make my living in this world with a guitar in my hand and ideas in my head. Damn... and THANK YOU!! All of you!
Soundcheck with Tabi

#StayFierce #SkinnyDevil #DogsLife #CloseToTheGround #HungerAndFear #LuckyMF #WatchOut2018 #GoBigOrGoHome #JoinMe

Lexi Awards interview

Awards afterparty!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy 53 to Me

On-stage at Lexi-Fest 2017


Greg/bass, Deb/vox, Alan/perc
It has been a crazy year (here's the list of posts at SD Universe)...and as I write this, I've just published Miss Liz's latest poem at Skinny Devil Magazine (following a long list of fabulous stories, essays, interviews, and more) and about to dash out to the gym, then teaching, and then tonight's performance backing Tabi Gervis on Red Barn Radio. You may remember Tabi from "The Voice" or from her appearance this past summer (with me backing her on guitar) on Woodsongs (video below).
Drew Curtis singing!

Its a coupla days after my birthday. We had the Sunday night jam the night before, which was fantastic. When it was over, I ended up at a karaoke bar with Angelee, Deb, Marsha, and Warren....home at 1am, asleep by 2am, and up at 5:15am to get the boys ready for school.

ODIS at home
Then hit the gym and did a massive workout and at the end went for my pull-up challenge. I was shooting for 35-40 pullups in one set and ended up stalling at 25, but all things considered, I wasn't surprised OR disappointed.

But I then knocked out 10 sets of 10 pull-ups and 10 not a bad way to wrap up a workout.

ODIS at gym
Took an ODIS photo at the gym and another when I got home. Probably in better shape than when I started these photos at 50. Here is 50 and 51 and 52 for anyone who cares to compare.

Then Bryan from Woodsongs called, so I got the pleasure of booking SDML student Shelby Callahan and SDML senior instructor Paulie Felice to appear later that evening on national TV via Woodsongs. And pushed a new story by the stunningly talented writer Lindsay Caudill at SD Magazine. Then taught at COC.

Not a bad day at all.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Here we are nearing the end of the month....and admittedly, its been a while since I've checked in.

Lots has happened, from the Lexi-Fest Festival to a national TV appearance and more....with more on the way.

More details soon....from Lexi Music Awards to radio & TV to the slew of new material at Skinny Devil Magazine.

Talk soon, friends!