Sometimes in the biz, it seems like life throws you a thousand rejections, between the cliques and struggles of trying to maintain a career that doesn't exist anymore thanks to Covid. It can feel pretty heavy...Then you post a video of you playing a flashy, cool, guitar solo, at a block party, of Lovers In A Dangerous Time and Bruce Cockburn himself likes the video and it lights a fire under your butt. God, I love music!
An article from Uganda about my song Give Me water has over 100,000 views. Pretty cool, and it makes me heart swell. My friend Adrian added some cool lyrics and then my friend Brenjeezy recorded it with the Kazo kids of Kawempe choir. Nice to see this song touching people all over the world :)
Here's a new Solo Artist Promo Video for 2020. I do a lot of solo shows and finally made a video showcasing that side of my performing. The freedom of playing without a band is pretty incredible, as you can fully, and freely, jam. You can take the songs anywhere you want them to go, and you can really be open to the way that vibe of the place is leading. I've been playing a lot and know a lot of songs, covering many different styles, and I can't always play them with someone else cause there might be a lot of chords or whatever. Playing solo also gives me the chance to play more of my own music, sometimes entirely my own music. Anyway, check out this promo video and I hope you all are staying safe and sane...
Played 29 shows this year before Covid19 cancelled all my gigs and a tour that was lined up. Lost a LOT of money because of that. Playing live is always priority number one, and it puts a roof over my head and food on my table. Right now lots of other full-time musician friends across the world are hit hard as well. I'm doing okay and I have faith things will be alright (for myself and all of you)...Looking forward to doing shows again when this thing blows over. Stay safe and stay home as much as possible.
So I used to be one of the busiest musicians around, until this pandemic happened. I found myself sitting on my butt trying to figure out what to do when ALL my work suddenly didn't exist anymore cause it all got cancelled. So I've started teaching online, to pass the time, and cause I like it. I've been working out the kinks of doing just that. I'm ready to go! We can cover a lot of styles from absolute beginner, both young and old, to the more advanced player. If you wanna play your favorite song, or learn to jam, wanna unleash your inner rock star, learn how to write music, or just get better, give me a shout. It doesn't matter where you live, thanks to the internet we can make it happen. Shoot me a message if you're interested. I know times are tough for so many of us, so if money's tight, we can work something out. Music is a healer...
Stay Safe and Stay Home,
Here's something cool for your Monday, the video of "Give Me Water", recorded in Uganda by the Kazo Kids of Kawempe featuring Brenjeezy. This song and video is to help raise awareness and money for clean water, and for a campaign called Roll Out The Barrel. It's a partnership between Roxx Hunter in the Yukon (songwriter), Adrian Brewer (from a Rotary club in England), and local musicians, kids choir, and producers in Uganda. Turn it up, dance around, sing along. Here's the link to the video on YouTube, but you can also find this song on Spotify, Google and etc. I've also posted it on FB. Just something different for you in these crazy times. Stay safe!
William Pacaud on lead guitar with Cripps and Gabor too for our set at Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous 2020, ripping the solo to Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Will kicked butt and finally someone with crazier hair than me. Thanks to L'Aurore boréale and Veronique D'Avignon for the video :)
Last weekend was the 2020 Yukon African Music Festival. I played two nights with a band and volunteered to do the sound as well. Was a busy weekend and busy festival. Some amazing African musicians came up and it was inspiring listening to them play and groove. Last night I recorded guitar parts for a song they recorded up here at Brown Dog Studios. Was honored to be asked to contribute to this track with my new friends and a few older friends from the festival past (one is a double Grammy winner). I tried my best to make the guitar lines bouncy and in the pocket. Here's a pic of Brown Dog producing...Also, new shows added and will update the picture section. Feel free to look around...
I miss the Roxx down in Africa...
January was quite a month: Wildfires, Verge of War, Corona Outbreak, lots of musician bowing out....Was still busy with shows and added a bunch more. Playing bass with a new group called Dena Zagi (they got their ducks in a row), playing bass with the Blue Persuasion, playing guitar with the Silver Ravens, playing guitar with my own music for the Yukon African Music Festival, some solo shows, playing bass with Cabin Fever, volunteering for the Special Olympics playing tunes to amp up the crowd...Shagadelica picks back up and I gotta sweat a bit and remember those epic rock tunes on the guitar. Plus, new recording equipment so new music coming soon...See you around!
Happy New Year to all my friends around the world! May 2020 be the best one yet. As always, I appreciate all the traffic here, the song plays, checking out the lessons, all the plays on YouTube and for 131 shows in 2019. Be kind and stay tuned! Photo Credit Maegan Garrett Art