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INCHING TOWARDS THE NEW ALBUM

First of all, I must say that hearing the news of Chris Cornell’s unexpected passing on Thursday really floored me. I was not upset, but I was very taken aback because obviously it was a bolt out of the blue. I was a Soundgarden fan from back in the day, when I first heard them in high school (long before they were labelled a “grunge” band). My first impression was “Wow! It’s Black Sabbath with Robert Plant on vocals!” and I was a fan instantly. Chris ¬†was a tremendous singer, very talented musician, and losing him at 52 is a travesty.

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ANOTHER NICE RETURN TO THE BRIGHTON

Two years seems like an eternity in between playing certain rooms. Sure, I frequent Mexicali Live every so often, make a stop at Dingbatz, but for me, there’s one room that I always enjoy coming back to…

When I am allowed to play there, that is! Read more

CLEARING UP ANY CONFUSION

Been receiving some messages via Facebook from some people asking me “What band are you in?” and “Are you done with yours?” So let me clear things up here and now… Read more

NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN

Well, I can finally quote the Beastie Boys (not that I was ever a fan to begin with).

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ANOTHER TEASER CLIP POSTED

Since my trio will be playing at one of my fave rooms next Saturday (The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ), I figured it was okay to sneak a teaser clip of another new song (demo form for now) that will be unveiled at this show.

Can you tell I’m dying to start recording soon? Read more

BACK IN SHAPE…SORTA

Had rehearsal with my trio today, just got done a few minutes ago. Went over the set list twice, added another new song that will be on the next album, a tune that for now I call “Breathing”. But of course before we played a note, my back decided to act up.

The perils of being an aging musician! Read more

LOTSA NOTES THIS PAST WEEKEND

Played a lot of notes this weekend, so here’s my little “review” of sorts about how I spent my weekend…

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ONE YEAR LATER…

Last year on this date, the world lost a true music icon. I couldn’t write a blog about it that day because I was definitely sad and, for once, at a loss for words.

Yes, I am talking about Prince.

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TICKETS ARE IN FOR AUG 11 SHOW!

I know the show at The Chance isn’t for a few months, but why wait to promote? Let’s get this ball rollin,’ shall we?

Tickets can be purchase directly through me at $15 each. Go to the CONTACT page to write me so I can give you more info on how you can get yours. I want to make things go as smooth as possible for everyone, so the sooner you order, the better.

I hope to be recording the new album around this time as well, maybe even get it done by then? Who knows!

You want to see me open for ex-Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley, right? Go to my CONTACT page and send me an email so I can provide you with all the info!

R.I.P. ALLAN HOLDSWORTH

The music world and guitar community were shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of one of THE most innovative and enigmatic guitarists ever.

I am talking about Allan Holdsworth…he passed away suddenly yesterday at age 70.

Tributes came pouring in all over social media, from artists as varied as Vernon Reid, Richie Kotzen, Joe Satriani, Hansford Rowe, Jeff Berlin, Billy Sheehan…you name it. Allan was not a household name but his influence is all over every guitar player who wanted to step out of the blues box and try to be unconventional. That’s TRY to. Nobody will ever come close to Allan’s imagination and unique approach to chord structures and non-linear guitar solos.

Start with his amazing work on the first U.K. self-titled album, and then check out his solo album I.O.U. And for a special treat, listen to his blinding solos on some songs from the Level 42 album GUARANTEED. “If You Were Mine” still makes me want to put my guitar in the fireplace.

RIP Allan…now you can jam with John Coltrane…