Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Recording Complete & Shelbyville, KY Gigs Confirmed

On-stage in Morehead, KY 2017
MORE DATES PENDING in Nashville, TN, Cincinnati, OH, Louisville, KY, Macon, GA, and more....for university clinics, store workshops (songwriting, inprov, etc), and public performances.

Scheduling music intern meeting(s) now for paid and non-paid projects.

Recording for the new 3 song EP of old folk & blues songs complete. Awaiting mixes now....but suffice to say it picks up where "Carnival at the Crossroads" left off. That is, these are old (public domain) songs from 19th & 20th century brought into the 21st century in all their neo-cyber glory!

Work-out schedule so far this week:

Monday (broken into 3 short work-outs across the day) - 300 push-ups, 200 stairs, 300 dips, 300 squats, 50 pull-ups, 200 sit-ups.

Tuesday (broken into 2 work-outs) - Go-dai series, Tibetan Rites, 100 squats, various light calisthenics.

Wednesday (so far) - 500 stairs, 100 pull-ups, 400 squats, 300 calf raises.

[edit: Thursday work-out - 200 push-ups, 200 dips, 200 squats, 300 sit-ups and Friday saw 100 pull-ups, 250 calf raises, 300 squats...and a few hours later another 50 pull-ups]

In addition, I finally got back to specific guitar practice (other than scales and such) and am focusing on heavy rhythm drills (polyrhythms, specifically) and fingerstyle blues (constant thumb drone against fingers for chords, licks, melodies, etc) plus a bit of arpeggio work. Realized also that I slide when soloing more than the average player, so really building on that....and other "Skinny Devil-isms", as one of my students put it (haha!).

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March: Studio, Live, Workshops, Magazine


JUST FINISHED UP in the studio working on the new EP coming soon from Marsha Lee, with Nathan Eisenberg manning the board. It ain't every day you get to jam on a folk tune in 9/8! Can't wait for the release!

Next up in the studio - throwing down some electric guitar on music by Gregory Francis (with Richard Easterling at the helm). Let's do that soon, Richard!

Then tomorrow at Willis Music Lexington is the Songwriting Workshop - Lexington...teaching thru the week at COC & Hurst Music....Thursday in Morehead for Songwriting Workshop - Morehead & David M. McLean at Pasquales....teaching & TV after that.....


NEW at Skinny Devil poetry from Liz Fink Davenport..."Guitar Gods" interview with Cody article on the adrenal response and how to crush STAGE FRIGHT so it doesn't crush of a book of poetry by none other than Johnny Cash!

More coming soon....including Thomas Suggs (starting a band, pt 2) and lessons from Alan Robinson!
....and that get's us through the first coupla weeks!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lexi Awards, Standing Rock, & RBR

Red Barn Radio spot
Last week was a tad crazy....did the Red Barn Radio live-stream and taping on Wednesday (see the ad video here), played 3 songs at Lexington Standing with Standing Rock gathering (with Dan Ward) Friday, then the Lexington Music Awards (a show I produce) Sunday. The after-party was a fabulous experience, getting to hang out and relax, hop on stage to play guitar for both Heather Parrish and Ande Fee, and end up on piano with the fabulous David Lee Hinkle (who was REALLY playing piano!) singing "Let it Be" with Jeff Frohlich & miss Heather.
Playing with the great Dan Ward

Lots of event wrap up for the award HERE, lots of local TV coverage for the Standing Rock event, and the Red Barn Radio event will be available on their web-site first as audio and later as video....which may even yield live EPs for 3 of my 4 guests (and maybe me, as well). My guests, by the way, were the incredible Tiffaney Nesbeth, Rhyan Sinclair (of ATLP), Daisy Helmuth, and Lissy Taylor (Tiffaney is in pre-production for her debut release and the other 3 have albums available - so go get them!).

Jeff standing, me 7 DLH on piano, photo by Heather

Well, we're scheduling Kentucky - Morehead, Lexington, Richmond, and Berea - for performances, workshops, and university clinics as I write this....then moving to out-of-state gigs in WV, OH, IN, and TN.
Playing Ben Lacy's guitar on-stage

Spent last night after teaching hanging with Dustin & Joshua of Spectrum Entertainment and Sean & Tim Berg of Bergstok Guitars (the future of guitar technology).

Now doing the awards wrap-up (paying bills and such)....outlining a couple of e-books (music related, of course!)....outlining 2 acoustic recording projects (one of traditional music and one of original music)....mapping out several Lexi-Fest shows & scouting locations....eagerly awaiting a new song from Gregory on which I'm playing electric guitar....looking at reaching out to several artists for new "Guitar Gods" interviews....and much more (marching towards nailing all my 2017 goals by summer!)!

As my cousin Jami say: Life - with all is ups & downs - is an adventure!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pipeline Gig...and My Take on Bullies

Singing in the cold with my friend Dan Ward on flute.
I will expound below in this post to express my thoughts on this whole pipeline business (independent of how Trump is or Obama was handling - or mishandling - the situation).

For now, just wanted to express how wonderful it is to see so many young people being smart, articulate, and active. Psera & Landra organized this in days, and I was honored they asked me to play. So I called my buddy Dan Ward and we did a few songs: the old folk song "Wayfaring Stranger", the Peter Gabriel song "Biko", and what started as an instrumental version of "Amazing Grace" but ended up having the 400+ people (who were out in the dark and freezing weather) singing their hearts out.

Michael Johnathon (founder/host of the PBS show Woodsongs) also played, as did Fred Keams. Many fantastic speakers included Black Bear, Rachel Thunder, Landra Lewis, Psera Newman, and others. And it was all just fabulous.

I hope you had similar experiences and gatherings in your neck of the woods.

Aside: All photos care of Jon Ricker of Lexington, KY.

And here's a local news story: Herald-Leader

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.