December 3rd, 2013
Recently I shared this video, in which I serve as a musical and comedic foil to a dear friend.
I thought it’d be nice to give a little bit of a backstory and context to our relationship.
I met Steve when I was about 13 as a patient at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He came in as a volunteer, and would draw cartoons for and with the kids. We got to know each other further at Camp Hope (a retreat for young cancer patients and their siblings), and as fellow artists adding to the activity annually at the Tomorrow Fund Stroll. I think at one point I even got him to draw me as an alien with a guitar, I’ll let you know if I can find that portrait!
He’s a wonderful artist, and a great friend. Learn more about him and his work at www.stevebcartoons.com
November 15th, 2013
You Blues Hounds will enjoy this. The other night I attended my first local Blues Society Meeting.
One of the coolest people I got to meet was DJ Atomic Mama. She’s an original founder and Co-Editor of Living Blues Magazine, www.livingblues.com, now in its 42nd year and she has volunteered at stations in Chicago, Memphis, Mississippi, and Alaska over most of the last 40+ years.
She appreciated the old standards I called when it was my time at bat, and shared a little of what she’s currently up to. Listen to her show, Blue Hill Blues, on WERU community radio Wednesdays 2-4. You can stream it at weru.org, on 89.9 FM in Blue Hill, ME, or 99.9 FM up in Bangor, ME.
I’m excited to get involved in a local affiliate of the national Blues Foundation. If you haven’t been to their site yet, check it out at www.blues.org. They have a bunch of great programs that support the tradition and those who practice it.
November 14th, 2013
Yesterday I ventured out to Farmingdale, ME to visit the workshop of a local luthier named Eric Brown. A friend of mine was picking up a custom strat-style axe and invited me to come hang as well. I liked the TLs best.
Workbench! He told me his necks and finishes were the elements he took most pride in. I thought his wood choices and the weight of the instruments were pretty cool features as well. In his shop he showed me a couple stencils he used when making lap steels.
Check out his website newenglandcustomguitars.com