3rd in what has apparently become a series of “Lullabies for Dogs”, here’s a new tune “Murray’s Lullaby”…I rarely write for open tunings but always love exploring them when I do. Two of my newer tunes are in this open Bb…this guitar is ready for a new set of strings.
I’m always happy to contribute something for the yearly Dead Covers Project.This year’s theme is Europe ’72, in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of that tour…I’d already been learning “Ramble On Rose”, one of my favorite Dead tunes, so was happy to make a recording of it.
With the football season fast approaching, I thought I’d work up an arrangement of my favorite team’s fight song. Here’s a fingerstyle arrangement of “Bear Down, Chicago Bears”…what are some other good fight songs?
I made this video of a road trip I took from North Carolina to Seattle a few summers ago to record some music with Seedsquatch at my buddy Kevin Bressler’s Whiney Cat Audio Studio. I loved the way the video came out and I put some acoustic guitar music that I recorded underneath it…since I released the acoustic guitar album through CD Baby, youtube’s algorithms put a copyright claim on the music and wouldn’t let me share the video…so I had to appeal the copyright dispute to CD Baby, since I own the copyright…and they recently released the claim, so here it is…ah the fun of the legal side of music distribution.
Working up another of my favorite Leo Kottke tunes..again, one that will be a decades long pursuit….”Airproofing”…I’m just through the very first bit of it, the easiest part, it goes all sorts of different ways after this…I must have listened to the “Leo Live” recording of this a zillion times…it’s just cooking, but my favorite part is that about 3/4 of the way through, you can hear somebody in the audience scream “Aaahhh!”…as if their head just exploded from what they’re witnessing him do….gets me every time. I’m working from the Stropes transcription.
I’ve been working on this tune, off and on, for twenty years. Seemed like a good time to document my progress. Hopefully I’ll have it right where I want it in another twenty years. It blew me away when I first heard it…the energy and joy…and the fact that it was only one person playing. I suppose it was appropriate that I busted a string practicing it the morning that I filmed this, this guitar is in drastic need of new strings anyway so the intonation is a little questionable. I think Leo used finger picks on the original recording then ditched them soon after. I never could stand them. I’d be shocked if this was anywhere near the actual arrangement as originally recorded, but here’s Leo Kottke’s “Busted Bicycle”.
Science! had so much fun playing Rhythm & Rye in Olympia, WA last week that we decided to make the recording the next offering in our Live Shows Series! Check it out:
We’ve got a busy month coming up. Hope to see you on the road!
March 12, 2014 – Austin, TX Amped – RedGorilla Music Fest
March 14, 2014 – Austin, TX Touche – Jivewired Party
March 17, 2014 – Tacoma, WA Doyles’s – St. Patrick’s Day!
March 21, 2014 – Richland, WA The Emerald of Siam
March 23, 2014 – Springfield, OR Goodfella’s
March 25, 2014 – San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah
March 27, 2014 – Cottage Grove, OR Axe and Fiddle
March 28, 2014 – Salem, OR Duffy’s Hangar
March 29, 2014 – Olympia, WA Olympia Acoustic Festival – Full Band Show!
We had a blast making our Seattle television debut on King 5’s New Day Northwest this morning!