Music: Friday's Live Set

I have a new Apogee interface for recording that I can also use for a small live mixer, so getting quality live cuts is now easy-peasy. Here's our set direct-in from Friday at the Farmer's Market. It's great to hang-out in town playing music on a beautiful afternoon with the kids running around playing and the smells of all the food-and-flower stalls around us blending together.

Choice cuts include Cowboy Cafe, Riley and Spencer, Old Cars, and White Pine. Also stay-tuned because Forrest and I are working on a proper album that'll have this vibe but bass, snare, and a cleaner mix as well.


Local Flavor: Sour Cherry Pie

The best thing about living in Vermont is being immersed in some variety of nature and the "outside world" whether you like it or not. Our yard is one giant garden and the kids forage several times a day for raspberries, black raspberries, red currants, blueberries, apples, cherries, plums, and what-have-you as the seasons progress.

We have one big sour cherry tree and a smaller one as well and between the two of them we've gotten a good hall of delicious, tart cherries for a couple years, now. The above (oh-so-good) pie was made by me (I will use any excuse to make pie) this morning, but represents the work of all four of us picking cherries and Bonnie and I pitting them one-by-one over breakfast and coffee.

1948 Martin 0-15 Flattop Guitar

1883 Fairbanks & Cole Openback 5-String Banjo

1920s Lange-made Orpheum No. 3 Mixmash Plectrum Banjo

1990s Gibson Custom Shop Chambered Les Paul (Elegant?) Electric Guitar

Back in the Shack: '65 Epiphone Olympic Modded Electric

Yep, she's back for sale again! I've been using this one live since earlier this year when it was traded-in to me and I'm sure you've all seen it by now. The new bit is that for the last few months it's had a Lollar P90 in the neck and an Alnico Korean one in the bridge -- so it's thoroughly Gibsonian in nature, these days. I'm selling because my P90-equipped Gretsch hollowbody fulfills much of the same role in my guitar-quiver.

Summer's Busy!

That's the gist of it. I have a lot to share in customer-repair land, though, and a number of instruments up-and-coming for sale including a late-'40s Martin 0-17 that's painfully-clean, the Harptone dreadnought from the last post, a last-year small-body Taylor 12 string, and an absolutely-masterful, art-piece, Dobro-weird resonator lap guitar.

Stay tuned! I'm not dead -- just too few hours -- and speaking of hours, this midnight-rising-and-snack wandering through my emails is over.