Thursday, July 31, 2008

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

This is a real classic number by one of my favorites, Al Green. "Let's Stay Together" was originally released on Al Green's 1971 release by the same name and soon climbed to number 1 on Billboard's R&B charts. It showed up again in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award in 2002. I sing this tune from time to time and never get tired of doing it. This 1978 live clip of the song shows Al at his best.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Festival In Fukuoka

Played a festival on the beach in Fukuoka. You can see the Sea Hawk Hotel in the background. Playing bass is Atsuko Watanabe from the 90s all girl band "Princess Princess" (the biggest selling all-girl band worldwide). And old friend Keisuke Umemoto on the drums. It was 96 degrees that day but still a pretty good time.

Finally Pressed

Yes, by popular demand, the new CD STRANGE PHENOMENA is now available as a CD as well as a download. The only place it can be purchased for the time being is from for $12.00. 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Good One!

My daughter's rendition of her old man. She used my promo shot to do it (click here to compare it). Check out the beard and the rosy cheeks. Where did the big old sun-flower come from?

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Empowered Musician

Finally published! I've been working on this book for so long that I can't even imagine looking at it again. My first book, THE INFINITE GUITAR was easy compared to this one. Guitar hasn't really changed over the last twenty years but the music business, especially the independent market, is changing everyday. And since that's what this new book THE EMPOWERED MUSICIAN is about, I found myself in constant edit mode. Basically I describe what I have done over my twenty year career as a musician and educator. I also owe thanks to my friends who helped me get it done: Doug Ross, Phil Nobo, Joey Carbone and George Smyth.

Fuck Off Celeb!

Ha! You gotta love it, the Japanese English t-shirt! "Fuck Off Celeb" Hey, wait a minute, does she mean me?