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Toubab Krewe – “Underground Improv”
Toubab Krewe - "Underground Improv"

Episode 14: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post. I first heard Toubab Krewe when we played FloydFest in Floyd, VA during the summer of 2006. I could tell right away that they were a festival favorite and sure enough, we saw them almost every time we played that festival. […]

Emma Davis – “Landslide”
Emma Davis - "Landslide"

Episode 13: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post. When I first met Emma Davis, she came to my studio with her friend who was studying guitar with me. My student said that I should hear her sing, so she grabbed his guitar and sang “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow […]

Keller Williams – “Sheebs / The Drop”
Keller Williams - "Sheebs / The Drop"

Episode 12: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post. When I was 17, I bought an effects pedal for my guitar called “The Boomerang,” which allowed me to record my guitar and then instantaneously play it back at the press of a button.  Prior to this, there had been long delay pedals that […]

NO BS! Brass – “RVA All Day”
NO BS! Brass - "RVA All Day"

Episode 11: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post. As a musician, I have been aware of vibrant music scenes across the country including Seattle, Asheville, Knoxville, Burlington, Boston, Atlanta, and of course our very own Charlottesville, VA.  In recent years I have become more and more intrigued with Richmond’s […]

Dan Bechdolt (of Mingo Fishtrap) – “Round Midnight”
Dan Bechdolt (of Mingo Fishtrap) - "Round Midnight"

Episode 10: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post. In the summer of 2010, Morwenna and I flew to Salina, KS to play the “Smoky Hill River Festival,” where we played a total of five sets throughout the weekend with our full band (Pete Spaar: Upright Bass, Devonne Harris: Drums […]

Gina Sobel & Brett Jones – “Modo”
Gina Sobel & Brett Jones - "Modo"

Episode 9: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post. Gina Sobel and Brett Jones are both young, fluent musicians who play with a keen attention to dynamics and listen to each other extremely well, which makes for a great duo.  Seeing and hearing them play together just feels right.  Together […]

Chris Eldridge – “The Mean Mothers Blues”
Chris Eldridge - "The Mean Mothers Blues"

Episode 8: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post I first heard about Chris Eldridge (aka Critter) when I first moved back to Charlottesville in 2004.  His name had been floating around the acoustic scene a lot as a wonderful, lightning fast guitarist.  He came through town a few times and played […]

The Honey Dewdrops -”I Don’t Feel So Young…”
The Honey Dewdrops -"I Don't Feel So Young..."

Episode 7: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post The Honey Dewdrops are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo made up of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. I first met them about four years ago during one of our gigs at the Gravity Lounge, a former performance venue […]

Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

Episode 6: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post Back in  2002, blues artist Corey Harris phoned to tell me that he was playing at Pearl Street Nightclub (Northampton, MA) and asked if I’d like to come. He said he was opening for a 7-string jazz guitarist, named Charlie Hunter.  I […]

Stephane Wrembel – “Prometheus”
Stephane Wrembel - "Prometheus"

Episode 5: ——- Dig what I’m doing? Consider donating $5 or more at the bottom of this post One of my favorite things about attending Berklee was that everyone played gigs all over Boston and Cambridge.  These gigs offered a nice contrast to required college performances and recitals and there was an abundance of great shows every […]