Keeping the music going...
Trios are still my favorite

While you would notice a large selection of varied music on my CD racks (and piles and stacks) as of late, the guitar / bass / drums trios have been finding their way onto my car’s CD player. (If you recall from previous posts, the driver’s seat is the…

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Wonderful showI’m very pleased with the show I played at Sellersville TheaterThursday night, 4/18. If you’ve been…View Post

Wonderful show

I’m very pleased with the show I played at Sellersville TheaterThursday night, 4/18. If you’ve been…

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Opening for Peppino D’Agostino……. is going to be first-rate. He’s one of a few solo guitarists that I can fit comfortably with on…View Post

Opening for Peppino D’Agostino…

…. is going to be first-rate. He’s one of a few solo guitarists that I can fit comfortably with on…

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And things keep moving along

Well, it seems I’ve survived my first flu bout in seven years— I did follow my son’s week-long lethargy with five days of my own sleepiness and general misery. Strangely, it began as a cold (another rare malady for me), progressed to real flu symptoms the…

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Going and Coming UpI had a particularly superb night with my duo partner Tony Hughesat my/our favorite Philly jazz…View Post

Going and Coming Up

I had a particularly superb night with my duo partner Tony Hughesat my/our favorite Philly jazz…

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Maybe it’s in the eye of the beholder(?)You’ve probably heard of the pay to playsituation — a venue will book your act/band and charge you…View Post

Maybe it’s in the eye of the beholder(?)

You’ve probably heard of the pay to playsituation — a venue will book your act/band and charge you…

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Always a challenge, it seems…… to make phone calls to bookers. I always feel like I’ve got to do my  elevator pitchand enthrall…View Post

Always a challenge, it seems…

… to make phone calls to bookers. I always feel like I’ve got to do my  elevator pitchand enthrall…

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Paris Two TimesThe view from Lowden Bridge
That’s the Paris Wine Bar…. as previously mentioned I did two…View Post

Paris Two Times

The view from Lowden Bridge

That’s the Paris Wine Bar…. as previously mentioned I did two…

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I’m moving…..

… my blogging activities to http://mattrichardsmusic.wordpress.com. It seems to be where everyone else does their blogging.

Following a great Group performance…

… at Philly’s regional performing arts center (the Kimmel Center) I can’t help feeling very satisfied and inspired. The group sounded and played great and I had the best guitar sound I’ve ever had. My compliments and appreciation to the staff at the Kimmel (especially Megan, Vanessa and Bob) for making this go so smoothly. I’d be glad to do this every week, though in all fairness there are other artists who deserve to get their turn on this stage.

For the guitar aficionados — I used my mid-70s Hagstrom Viking with John Pearse nickel electric strings (.011 set), through a pedalboard (yes, a new one exists) and into the Lab L3 (newly cobbled together after the FedEx mishap). The guitar and amp are a fantastic combination - the amp has the most tube-like sound with a mid-range richness that I can’t describe…. the pedals included an Arion Tubulator (yes, that’s right), Boss flanger, Boss volume, Boss DD2 and RV2. This Tubulator, I’ve been told, has a clone of the original Ibanez Tube Screamer circuit and I believe it.

What really counted was the performance - Adrian and Chris have the best interactive dynamic I’ve ever been a part of. They are the text-book example of a bassist and drummer who really connect on every level… and they’re great guys to work with. I did press Record on my DR1 at the beginning of the set and actually got a fairly clean recording on the stage. Maybe I’ll send out a bonus track for the holidays……

I’m getting deep into Ted Greene’s Chord Chemistry book — what a brilliant musician. I’m pondering ideas and clearing a lot of cobwebs out of my mind — it’s shocking how habits get so ingrained but it’s good to give them a hard shake-up now…

It’s been a busy family day and I still didn’t finish painting the porch. (Luckily it’s just some touch-ups.) I’ll be posting again soon…

All the Best!