Great new CD by Vince Gill “Vince Gill-Bakersfield” with steel guitar player Paul Franklin.

This is country music the way it was and how it should be. A collection of hits from Buck Owens, Merle Haggard Dwight Yokum and others. Between Vince’s sublime picking and the beautiful steel of Paul Franklin, this is the type of great two-step country that makes you want to get up off the couch and move around the floor. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Vince just posted it on Spotify.

The Late Johnny Smith

Guitarist Johnny Smith died on June 11, 2013, just two weeks shy of his 91st birthday. He was a legendary jazz performer, working with all the greats but especially Stan Getz who also passed recently .Their version of Moonlight in Vermont is a true classic. He also worked with saxophonist Charlie Parker. Although extremely successful in New York in the 50’s, he hated living there and moved to Colorado Springs in the late 50’s, only returning to gig or record. He said, “You couldn’t be a nice human being” living there.

What most don’t know is he wrote the classic, Walk Don’t Run in 1954, recording it in jazz time. It would be recorder by the Ventures  and was a huge hit in 1960 and again in 1964 It became a must-play song for every guitar player since. It was even recorded by Chet Atkins.

I took an independent study in jazz guitar theory at CU’s music school in 76-77. I still have several of Johnny’s hand written charts from then. Back then, guitar was a dirty word at the music school, so we had to meet in the basement next to the boiler room where it was usually 100 or so, but we took it all in stride.

RIP, Johnny!

Meet Israel Black

Hi out there!

For fifty five years I’ve been playing music professionally,  Jimmy Buffet says in “He Went to Paris”    “Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I’ve had a good life all the way”  In my song, “Nashville Bound”, I say…..”Seems like a million miles of two lane highway have passed behind me up ’till now and my destination’s still  beyond my reach”

Most musicians I know are still reaching……looking for the perfect melody, the right chorus, that elusive lick to head into the bridge, the perfect hook that tells you what the song’s all about, those lyrics that grab your attention and never let go.

Help me share all these things with everyone out there……that’s why I started this…..let’s celebrate music!