Last summer I got asked to play a festival that I didn't even apply for. It was during one of the many Covid lockdowns, and was on this old paddlewheeler boat in the beautiful town of Atlin, BC, Canada. There was no audience, save for a camera crew and sound crew, and I was playing an Unplugged Solo show. Was nice to do a set of all original music, plus one fingerstyle, open tuned cover. Thanks to producer Matthew Liew and the Atlin Fest crew for an awesome show. It looks great and sounds great. Feel free to check out the video below and share it with your friends!
Boats out for Harambe!
Thanks to my guitar teacher/friend/mentor Robbie Mackay for gifting me this wonderful Nash guitar! I really don't feel worthy of something so nice. I've been sitting here on my bed getting acquainted with this guitar and trying to find its vibe. I believe if you sit long enough with a guitar that it will show you what it wants to play, and that your fingers just go there and it comes out.
This guitar has a John Frusciante/Chili Peppers/Hendrix vibe, so I will do my best to bring that out in the originals I write on it, and in the covers I learn on it. And I am gonna learn a ton of Beatles on the guitar.
My deepest and most sincere prayers for the people of the Ukraine right now Really wish the rest of the world would step in and stop the war!
Tuesday night's live Radio Shows are up and running. So cool to see people from all over the world tuning in! They will be archived and posted on the CJUC radio site. You can check out the show via the event/show page on here and find the listen live link, and to see what time it airs where you live. Any requests? Drop me a line. Take care and hope wherever you live that the mandates end soon so all of us out of work can get back to doing what we do.
Added a bunch of shows on here and will either be live streaming them or recording them and posting them at a later date. One of the shows is a live radio show, The Rockdown Lockdown with Rixxx & Roxx. So you can check out the details and tune in and listen live from anywhere around the world. Things are pretty much shut down here and really miss my career. Nice to see other parts of the world opening up. Scary times with Russia wanting to take back their former USSR territories and China wanting Taiwan and other south sea countries. We've been through enough these last few years and the last thing we need is a big fucking war. Got a bunch more shows to add and at one of them we'll be playing War Pigs, cause there is no greater/more fitting song than that. If a politician is so hungry to fight, go to the local gym and take MMA classes or martial arts. Want more power, then they need to learn humility. If they feel like they are lacking resources another country has, maybe look inward at all we waste every day. We should use everything we take and build things to last. And a lot of people need to start using condoms! :) Hoping for more peaceful days ahead.
Not much has been going on. We had a deep freeze here, where it was below -40C for quite a while. It's an odd feeling knowing you could walk into the freezer to warm up after being outside. Lots of things breakdown in that weather, so I think the whole colonizing Mars thing is still a long way off. Right now all the shows are cancelled, but might have some cool stuff coming down the line if that doesn't get cancelled. Keep your fingers. Barring that I'm gonna join the foreign legion, start an OnlyFans page, or sell weed...
Be more patient, be more kind, be more loving. Some people are just trying in small ways to make this world better. Don't be a bully, understand! Let it be and let it go...
Been resting up from Cancer treatment in Vancouver. They pumped me full of radioactive stuff and now I might be an ex-men ha. A few shows lined up, but only one is a real gig, the rest are kind of off shoots. Miss playing. Hope you all are staying safe and warm. Look for some instructional videos coming out over the holidays...
From a Cold, Cold, Yukon...
Throwback to a simpler time when I had live shows...Right now everything is cancelled, which really sucks (thanks Yukon Government, I'm sure you'll all be fine in your big houses, collecting your salaries, working from home). Sitting here on a Friday night and my body is itching to play. Normally I'd be on a stage right now, doing exactly what is in this picture. I miss my career...Sending big hugs to everyone else out of work (again). Keep your faith and keep hustlin'
(Photo Credit Rick Massie)
They Can't Cancel My Attitude ;)
Fall is falling, the days are getting shorter, they're expecting record lows...The wind is blowin' cold, and winter has moved in...Another long, dark spell is upon the Yukon. Still, despite the Covid craziness, shows are still happening in some ways. Monday has a new music event called the Manic Monday Jam! Not so much a jam, where random people get up and play, but selected musicians who all know the songs ahead of time get up and jam. Last week, I played guitar and was fun to flex my muscle on 60's and 70's rock and even some Dead. This week, I'll be on bass. Rounding out the band is the amazing Delmar Washington on drums, who went to PIT back in the day. JP Erickson on Guitar who went to MI back in the day, Hal Jordan on Guitar and Vocals, and special guest Kim Rogers on Vocals. 6-8pm and no cover. Will try my best to get some footage and pics!
My friend Justin Murr passed away recently. I never met him in person but we were friends. We first came in contact as fans of a singer named Jamie Rowe, who sang for the rock band Guardian. Jamie had a website with a message board, and that's is how I met Justin. Fast forward to Facebook times and we stayed in touch. Justin had a music project called Liberty n' Justice, where he would write or co-write songs and get many guests artists to play on the songs; these were usually rock musicians from famous bands in the 80s. So one day I get a message from Justin, asking if I'd like to be on his new double CD, on a track with Jamie Rowe! So his double CD, called the Cigar Chronicles, was one CD of original music and one of covers. The track I did with Jamie Rowe was an Mmm Bop cover. I just played the solo...What was cool is CJ Snare, the singer from Firehouse, produced/mixed the track, and one of the singers I've listened to a LOT. Also, being on a CD with Jani Lane, Mark Slaughter, Tim Gaines from Stryper, and many others. Also, Bumblefoot, who I later on got to hang with and who used my guitar for a show here.
Anyway, Thanks to Justin for giving me the chance to play with one of my heroes and be on a CD with so many other heroes.