Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
Column Sculpture of Saint Christopher
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Friday, March 11, 2005
Bob Britt in Oslo Club
Bob is JF's favorite guitarist, as he mentions on stage nightly. Why? Well imagine crossing Keith Richards with Tommy Bolin and Duane Eddy and you might get an idea of what makes Britt such an in-demand guitarist.
We met when he came into the Wynonna camp, and have become fast friends and cribbage opponents ever since. His wife Etta sold me my house, and we go to the same church in Nashville. Bob played on (among tons of other projects) Bob Dylan's Out Of Time LP, if you want to hear him in that setting. Tone, touch, taste - what it sounds like when all three come together.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
On the streets of Goteburg, Sweden
Jeff Szalwinski, Rob Rankin, Bob Britt, Les Banks,
Jake Loveridge, Billy Burnette (L to R)
Jeff Szalwinski is an incredibly talented luthier who I begged to go on this trip with me. He takes care of Billy Burnette and Bob Britt. He is the creator of Original Senn guitars and a wonderful, articulate friend.
Rob Rankin was the systems tech for Clair Brothers U.S.. He is a great guy, easy to get along with and dedicated to his gig.
Bob Britt is one of the finest musicians I know, a good friend and a worthy cribbage opponent. Les Banks is Marty Stuart's long-time mixer, now doing FOH with Fogerty. Les is very funny and helpful - he made my "new guy" break-in period easier.
Jake Loveridge is a big, tall, ex-pro baseball player with a superb talent for teching drums and getting the stage set up right. He was invaluable to me for gig info - they don't write manuals on how to do this stuff!
Billy Burnette is the other guitarist/vocalist and a very humorous guy with a great attitude.
We all set out in various groups for a walk in Goteberg and ended up on the same street for a photo.
Me and Billy Burnette in Oslo, Norway
Billy is the son of Rock and Roll legend Dorsey Burnette. He plays and sings great and is a blast to hang with. Here we are in the hotel lobby in Oslo, drinking coffee while waiting for our rooms. The heater on our crew bus had died that night, and we drove all night in the cold. It was 17 degrees fahrenheit inside the bus when we arrived at the hotel!
Oslo as seen from the window of my hotel room. We did a show across the street at The Spektrum. Very interesting automated rigging system, a demonstration of which I slept through, but I did hear details from the early crew-call boys. All load ins and outs have been pretty smooth. A couple of the stage hands were from the USA, and that helped speed things up. The local crews all speak excellent English and are very competent.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Trail of Ice
Aboard the ferry "Amorella" from Finland to Sweden. 11 hours through the fjords and Baltic Sea, then an 8 hour bus ride to Sundsval, Sweden for the first Swedish gig. It was - and is - very cold in Scandinavia this time of year. The shows are going well, last night being the smoothest so far.