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Club Staccato: Final Show at El Mercado

Ok, if I really want to concentrate, I’m going to have to turn down this Bennie Green track, “We Wanna Cook,” and focus on the task at hand. For instance, I nearly titled this email “Last Night at El Mercado,” which, while arguably a little zingier than “Final Night at El Mercado,” could be a […]

Fretboard Confidential on YouTube

So I’ve been releasing free short instructional videos on YouTube for the past view months, and hosting them on as well. I kicked things off with something called “The Buddy Guy I-IV Lick,” and you can check it out below.

Playing the Changes: Using the Altered Sound on a Blues in A

One of the things that distinguishes the way most jazz musicians play the blues from the way most blues musicians do is the way the jazz musicians approach the end of each four-bar line of the blues form. For starters, the jazz version of the blues form usually includes a few extra chord changes, so […]

Cactus Cafe • July 31st

I’ve played the Cactus Cafe a handful of times over the years and it’s always been memorable. One night I went to see Jorma Kaukonen, who was touring his country record and had Cindy Cashdollar on dobro and Barry Mitterhof on mandolin. It was a fabulous show, and packed to the rafters, but at the […]

Concert Window

I’ll be doing my second Concert Window show this coming Wednesday, July 22nd, live from my composing studio at 8pm Central. The shows are not archived, so it’s like a live event – you actually have to show up and watch it while it’s happening! You can post comments during the show (or heckle me), […]

Lost Highway

I’ve been reading Peter Guralnik’s book on country and blues music -and rockabilly, and what it means to succeed, or not, to be on the road, to make records, or not…