In the United States on late October, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and west across the Appalachian Mountains to Michigan and Wisconsin, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Its storm surge hit New York City on October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. Damage in the US is estimated at over $63 billion ..
On a local level in Virginia Beach , I was asked to play in a benefit at the Sandler center at Town center, to donate my time as a musician and help raise money with local businesses for survivors. This was probably one of the great honors of my life. Many great musicians, including Seth Stainback, The River Boys, Dave Derring, Pridemore, and many others donated to this great cause
I will be playing every Wednesday night in the month of September at AJ Gators Chesapeake located on the corner of Centerville and Mount pleasant road ,show starts at 6:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. Either one of Gators eight locations has been a regular spot I play over the past 8+ years . The owners Alan & Jeff ,( the AJ ) and the General Manager, Chris McGrath have been very, very, good and loyal to me, even through hard economic times. There is a lot to be said for clubs that consistently support live music in Hampton Roads. They offer great food and a great price and superior customer service. Thanks Al , Jeff and Chris for allowing me a great place to play and entertain customers over the years.
Here is a mini video guitar lesson I made on hybrid style picking on guitar used by many players over the years but in this case, the legendary Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan . This style employed the use of pick and fingers together and playing multiple strings at the same time or alternately. ..the example I’m playing here is what I call the “quintessential lick” that Stevie used countless times live or in studio recordings..enjoy.
Per my good friend and wedding photographer David Schwartz , I have put together some demos for the wedding business. Dave is probably the most gifted and passionate photographer I’ve ever met in my life and lover of music as well. These demos are intended as a representation of some of my work, but deffinatly not all. I hate to limit myself musically to anything and be open to everything. The bottom line is when it comes to weddings , I will learn any song for any potential client and preform it as close as i can to the orginal unless designated otherwise, The client needs always come first.
Per suggestion of my good buddy and wedding photographer David Schwartz, I’ve put together a little three song demo of some of the wedding stuff I’ve played in the past. These are not the full versions of the songs but it will give you and idea of where my range lies for wedding ceremony and or processional music..
Contact me today for any acoustic musical need you may have in your wedding party, 757-621-0329.
Wedding photographer and good friend David Schwartz, suggested to me that I really needed to record a demo of some of the wedding music I’ve played in the past, ceremony and processional . Per his suggestion here is an instrumental rendition of the song “Somewhere over the rainbow “ which I have played on numerous occasions. Contact me today for any acoustic musical need you may have in your wedding party, 757-621-0329.
If there is one tune that I can say really lit a fire up under me at a young age and “made” me want to play the guitar, this would be “it” right here. I love the Hendrix original , don’t get me wrong but the tone, the intensity, and passion that Stevie Ray played with has sent me on lifelong long journey to where I am today. In short, one song changed my life. It’s always a tribute to the man every night when I cover this song and I will probably record it as often as possible, long live the sprit of Stevie.
My new retro build from Tidewater custom shop. James Riley has done it again by pairing up old school parts with state of the art craftsmanship. this thing plays like a dream . Check them out on Facebook, Goggle or call Tidewater Custom Shop, built to order guitars that picky players pick…
Here I am playing a little bit of the Stevie ray Vaughan tune ” Lenny”….This baby has sweet a tone, see redirect link below.
He is a cover of one of my favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan tunes. I do not own the writes to this song, its for demo only. This tune is one of many of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute set list the band plays, even though he’s been gone for 20+ years, his sprit still lives on.
Wedding photographer and good friend David Schwartz of David Schwartz photography , suggested to me that I really needed to record a demo of some of the wedding music I’ve played in the past, ceremony and processional . Per his suggestion here is an instrumental rendition of the song “Somewhere over the rainbow “ which I have played on numerous occasions. Contact me today for any acoustic musical need you may have in your wedding party, 757-621-0329.
This Isley Brother classic is one of many “smooth Jazz” oriented tunes I play twice a week at Aberdeen Barn in Virginia Beach on North Hampton Blvd, basically I’m taking a Wes Montgomery or George Benson styled approach to the melody of the song. This instrumental approach applies itself nicely to weddings, wedding reception or any other high end events where the event may be looking for something more as ambient music as opposed to a live band .
Wednesday I’ll be at the Aloft in Chesapeake from 6-8, then I’m off to Hometown heroes from 9-12. Thursday I’m back for an evening of Jazz at the Aberdeen barn on North Hampton blvd. Saturday night I will be at AJ Gators at Redmill, the new location off Nimo parkway and Sunday back at the Aberdeen from 6-9.
Once again, this song literally changed my life. The first time I heard it on the radio I about drove off the road and cried. It was like a huge wake up call to SRVs legacy , passion and love for music, the blues and beyond. This one song , epitomized him , day after day, night after night, giving 110% to the song and played with feeling. Twenty five years after his death his sprit still lives, this one for all the fans. Long live Stevie.
This song was recorded on my # 1 ...Eb tuning, GHS 1300s Strings
I always love having a chance to place private functions for any occasion and last week was no exception. Here is a shot form the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club that was taken by local photographer, Sean Holder, The NYCC is full of local History , my father actually use to play tennis there back in the 1950s, its pretty cool being part of the history as well. Thank you to my dear friend Amy Franklin Harrington for putting it all together.
I will be performing each and every Wednesday at Crave 757 at Marinia Shores. Thursday night I will be bqack at the Aberdeen Barn and Friday Chichos in Chesapeake, Saturday and Sunday Im booked for private parties.
Played a great gig from 6-9pm at Cactus Jacks on Atlantic Avenue 28th street , Virginia Beach. The food was really good and the staff could not have been any nicer. In addition to good food they feature a descent line of top shelf liquors notably Tequilas’ including Avion , a west coast brand making its way here. Although I didn’t sample any due to the fact I don’t consume adult beverages when I’m at my job, playing music, I fully intend on going back on a night off when a have a moment.
Jacks was hip and Shiek, I plan on playing there more often so chek my calendar here online.
Here is a mini guitar lesson I put together in the style of the late great Texas Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, I am using playing my replica version of Stevie’s beloved #1. I pieced this guitar together on eBay however one key component is the use of the GHS 1300s low tune strings, these are essential for the SRV tonal quality in my personal opinion. Enjoy and long the the music of SRV..