Recently, I started working on some new material with a really nice guy named Steve duchardt. Like all great relationships of the modern age, Steve and I meet via Craig’s List. He’s a producer/manager/booking agent that seems to have payed his dues as a musician, studio intern and tour manager. Originally from my home state of CT, Steve is new to the south bay music scene. I’ve been introducing him to some of the local talent like, Worker Bee, Doctor Nurse, Ben Henderson and of course The Mumlers. He curently is managing a really great string pluck’n duo Chris & Thomas from Britain. Working with steve has been great. We’ve started polishing and recording some material at his home studio. So far, so good. Listen is a sample of the song The First Apology on my myspace.
Al Pancho is ready with Da’fire November 5, 2009
There was a gang of bands lined up to play the Halloween Party at Empire 7 studios the other night. It was an audio candy grab bag of eclectic acts. From the latin hip-hop of Mextape to the haunting dirges of Deathat. But as good as all of the acts were, for me, they were just warming up the stage for one man.
As soon as I arrived to E7S I headed to the cuts where my people can usually be found and there I met a prince. Al Pancho sat quite and unassuming. I had heard much about him. Born in Mayriver, St Mary Jamaica this Rastafarian has mixed his spirituality with the dancehall rythums of this youth. Al Pancho is here in San Jose recording a new Album along with local producer/musician and studio owner Manik.
We began to check out a few of the ruff tracks this duo has recorded. Manik on the beats Al Pancho on the mic. the tracks are clean, danceable, informative and spiritual. As people ebb and flow in and out of the studio our listening session turns into a cypher and before you know it Manik is at the computer and Al Pancho’s got me in the booth singing a hook. I’m not sure if we were partying or get’n work done but it was fun. The night ended with an on stage performance from Al Pancho. I don’t think the crowd was ready. Al Pancho took the stage like a lion and seemed in true form. A non-stop rasta stream of conciousness hit E7S and turned the place into a sweat lodge, mystical visions and everything. It’s rare to see any artist now a days with such conviction. Having such and international talent and sage in San Jose is a true gift. Do not miss a chance to see my prince AL Pancho
“If I had my way, I’d’ve been a killer” October 25, 2009
I’ve been so deeply inspired by Nina Simone. Not simply her music but the life she lived. Her voice shaped by such daring and passion. It’s not hard for me to see her deliberate fingers on a guns’ trigger instead of piano keys. I think regardless of her choice of microphone over shotgun, she rang out many shots in her life time and mowed down a whole lot stupidity and ignorance.
Nina Simone: “If I had my way, I’d’ve been a killer”
My new vintage totally custom baby October 23, 2009
Finally, it seems all of my late night vigils and Paypal offerings to the ebay gods have payed off. Yesterday, my doorbell rang. I arrived just seconds later. At first I looked around confused thinking maybe this was another ding dong ditch perpetrated by our haunted histaric doorbell but then, way off to one side, I see it. Some dead beat postal servant has abandoned a package on my doorstep like and unwanted child, all ascue and unprotected. I had been waiting for this package. Yes this is the pakage I had been waitng for and at once I tore through its’ shappy shipping papuse and at once I gazed at the features of my new reborn baby. A Custom 1969 Harmony Rebel H82 w/Karl Hoyt commistioned neck. I held the cut away curves of it’s hollow body, and grasped the swift tapered contours of it’s hand crafted neck and again I saw this abandoned child and wondered how anyone could have given up something so beutifull and unique.
OH..WHERE DO I BEGIN! THIS IS A 1969 HARMONY H-82 REBEL HOLLOWBODY COMPLETELY RE-DESIGNED GUITAR. THE ORIGINAL GUITAR WAS THE “GREEN SUNBURST” AND PLAYED AND SOUNDED MEDIOCRE AT BEST. THE BODY HAS BEEN RE-STAINED TO THE GRETSCH “RED WINE” COLOR, BUT STILL DISPLAYS THE BINDING AND F HOLE. IT HAS A RICKENBACKER STYLE PICKGUARD, A BIGSBY TREMOLO UNIT WITH THE SWING ARM IN BRUSHED CHROME, A NASHVILLE TUNE-O-MATIC BRIDGE WITH GRAPHITE SADDLES, 2 PAF 90 HUMBUCKERS WITH CHROME COVERS IN BLACK TRIM, CHROME VOLUME AND TONE KNOBS WITH A 3 WAY TOGGLE SWITCH FOR SELECTION BETWEEN THE PICKUPS.
THE NECK IS A SOLID MAHOGONY CUSTOM NECK MADE BY KARL HOYT. KARL HOYT IS A PROFESSIONAL LUTHIER IN CAPE COD THAT ONLY ACCEPTS VERY FEW COMMISSIONS A YEAR TO BUILD INSTRUMENTS AND NECKS. THE NECK IS A 25.5″ SCALE NECK THAT MEASURES 1 9/16 AT THE NUT, AND 2 1/16 AT THE HEEL. THOSE ARE MOTHER OF PEARL INLAYS AND SPERTZEL LOCKING TUNERS.