Tim Stafford, Jim Hurst, Clarence White, TR, Bryan Sutton, Dale Adkins, Kenny Smith, Norman Blake, Jim Nunally, and any picker that plays music instead of notes.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Just the good ones. :)
Any brand that sounds good. I own a Martin D-18 GE, D-18 Authentic, and D-16H
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Hi, I've been playing guitar for 44 yrs. I currently play in a Spokane, WA based band called Prairie Flyer. I live in Gales Creek, Or. I have written and produced my own solo album entitled "PASS IT ON DOWN".
I also teach at Vic's Guitar Cave in Forest Grove, Or. and I have between 15-20 students a week. I teach serious students only and I will take motivated beginners. I really work my students hard and expect alot from them.
I thought you all played well. Good singing and picking. But what Chuck was asking me to listen for was the recording quality of the project. I was impressed by it. This is a really nice example of the single microphone setup. I really like the overall tones of the recording. Chuck did a great job capturing your sound and you all did a nice job laying it down. Congratulations.
Hey Steve! I was thinking about you the other day, have some friends heading up to a Festival there this weekend, but can't remember the name of it! What you up to these days, still pickin' for a living? I am doing full time music now, love making a living doing what I love. Hope all is well with you.. Kathleen
Thanks Steve: It must have been an old Barley Brothers cd. I just sent Jim an email about it so i'll see. Have a great time in Sooke. It would be a fun trip but i've got a gig that weekend. Hope to see you out Alberta way some time.
Hey Steve! Great to hear from you. Boston...all I can say is that it's a lot nicer when it's not covered in ice and snow with temps in the single digits. I've been running around PA a little bit and will be going to Grey Fox BG Festival in upstate NY and a few other festivals in the northeast. I still have the D but I am seriously considering letting it go. I'm not sure what it is with this guitar but the Gallagher G-50 consistently delivers more tone and projection. Especially as my technique develops and gets better, it's really easy to hear the difference between the two. Hate to say it...for the price you'd think that the D would at least be equivalent to the G, but I think it's a classic instance of "Your Mileage May Vary".
Hey Steve. Good hearing form you. I'm currently taking fiddle lessons with Pete Martin. Talk about a hard instrument! Need to find an intermediate jamming group in Seattle but that will come to develop my "chops" on guitar and mando. Don't think I'll make it to Darrington this year. Have you been? Take care,
Jim Hurst is doing a workshop at the Cave!?!? Talk about me being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I surely wish I could attend!
You've been to the Kaufman Kamp in the past, right? What was your experience? I'm gearing up to go, and can't wait particularly to hang with Russ Barenberg. I think that he has some of the most killer tone out there.
I just ordered a G-70 from Don Gallagher. It's very much like the 50, except it's got voiced bracing, rosewood back/sides, and a bound fingerboard (the latter of which I honestly couldn't care less about). I was mostly in it to satisfy my recent cravings for a rosewood box. I upgraded the top from Sitka to Adirondack spruce and added the option of a slotted headstock. The countdown begins...
"I recently came across a steel string parlor guitar made by P. Benson, in Minneapolis. It's really a nice little instrument--well built, comfortable, very much like an old Martin 00-18 (mahogany, slotted headstock, pyramid bridge, ladder…"
"My gear is much better than my skill - for straight flatpickin', I play a Martin D-18 Authentic 1937. My go-to guitar for just about everything else (and it flatpicks just fine, thank you) is my Huss & Dalton D-RH with a Red Spruce top.…"
"Hey Craig. Thanks for the kind comment. The credit for this version should really go To Steve Kaufman who's arrangement it is. Good luck with your bluegrass studies, it's wonderful music and great fun to play. I look forward to…"
"Thanks Mike. I have to prove to myself that I can play the material as written but once I've done that I start to allow myself some leeway to have fun and drop in my own bits. There's not too much space to do that in SK's version of…"