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  1. Played another Ram's Head gig tonight. This time in Stevensville MD. We usually do acoustic there but they wanted a full band tonight because there was a wedding reception going on. So we threw together an impromptu band with hardly any rehearsal. It didn't start out too well, as we were setting up the guy we had on drums realized that he forgot his cymbals. So he had to run home to get them ( back and forth across a congested Chesapeake Bay Bridge) . We started acoustically without him until he arrived back halfway through the first set. After that things settled in to a great gig. We pretty much just winged it. But everyone was good enough players to make it work. Matter of fact, the other guitar player was probably the best guitar player I've ever personally played with. It was a real honor and pleasure to play with this guy. He is much better than me, but our styles meshed well and we both complimented each other. But. Then I get home and after bringing in my guitar and some other stuff, I decide to pour glass of Heavens Door whiskey and relax. As I'm walking to the couch, my elbow hits a doorway and the whiskey spills all over the kitchen floor. Hopefully I cleaned it up good enough that my wife won't ask me about the sticky floor and smell of alcohol when she comes down in the morning.
  2. I just saw this post. Damn. the Rev was a good guy. Sorry to hear about this. RIP Dave
  3. Played my 3rd gig in a row tonight. It was with the acoustic duo. There's a local chain of bar/restaurants called Ram's Head. We've played regularly at a few of the other locations, but tonight was the first time at this particular one right outside of Annapolis in a town called Crownsville. Interesting thing tonight, was the county fair grounds are just down the road and the annual Renaissance Festival is going on there. The place was packed with people coming from that in their full period attire. It was a great night and we met some really cool people and they loved our music. Got some tips and drinks bought for us. On the drive home my buddy and I talked on our phones the whole way. Reflecting how lucky we are to do this. With a very few exceptions, all the people we meet and connections we make are great. The management and staff where we play, the patrons at the venues and even other bands and musicians who play the same places. And we make a few Dollars doing it. What more could we ask for? 🙂
  4. Well I've tried this pedal out at a full band gig on Thursday and acoustic duo gigs on Friday and Saturday (tonight). It's certainly a higher Gain pedal than the MojoMojo I've been using. Much more saturated, sustainy type of distortion. But the high end is really kind of piercing. I think I need to turn the Treble down some. Plus the Volume is very sensitive. It's tricky to find the sweet spot. I couldn't imagine ever turning the Volume all the way up.
  5. I've been jonesing for a new Overdrive/Distortion pedal for awhile. After weeks of browsing the online sites I somehow missed this VOX Valvenergy Series pedals until a few days ago. I was intrigued with them. Especially the CAB Mode that seems like it will be good for when I run straight into the PA. The Copperhead supposedly gives that British Stack (PLEXI) sound. When I saw a brand new one on eBay for less than the other online retailers and it also included a 10' guitar cable and 2 jumper cables I couldn't resist. Hooked it up today and it works and sounds as advertised. Can't wait to try it at a gig. I'll use it in Standard Mode with the full band and CAB Mode for acoustic gigs.
  6. saturn


    Congratz. It's a beauty. And I prefer Name 4.
  7. Yes. Many times with my bands we've rehearsed a lot before a gig, then we play and either make a bunch of screw ups or we're just flat. Then we play some gig where we haven't practiced in weeks and we play great. I'm not sure what causes this phenomenon but it is a real thing.
  8. Wow. I know I'm a little late to the party, but congratz on that beauty.
  9. Wow. I know I'm a little late to the party, but congratz on that beauty.
  10. Yeah. We did get a hellavu storm and some damaging winds with that one.
  11. I can't claim credit for this photo. It was taken a street over from our house by one of our neighbors and posted on FB. I just screen shotted it and cropped the FB stuff out.
  12. Went to Outlaw Festival last night. Kathleen Edwards, Sturgil Simpson, Tyler Childers, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, Gov't Mule and Willie Nelson. Me and my buds should all be at Del Fest all this week but it was canceled again! So we settled for this show last night at the classic venue Merriweather Post Pavilion. Among other shows, Jackson Browne's Running On Empty was recorded there. I haven't been there in like 10 or more years and the place has really been updated. Sound was amazing. Of course Warren Haynes killed it but all the acts sounded fantastic. Now I can say I saw the legendary Willie Nelson. His voice is timeless and he sounds as good at age 80 something as he ever did. A friend of a friend caught his hat that was thrown into the crowd. 😎 Overall a great show even though I'd have much preferred a long weekend in Western Maryland at Delfest. Hopefully it won't cancel a 4th time next Memorial Day Weekend.
  13. Yeah. I rarely have luck taking a photo of the moon. Whether on my DSLR camera or phone.
  14. One of the many weird things I like to do is take pictures of cloud formations, pretty sunsets, full moons etc. Most are taken with my phone. I don't have any real knowledge or talent in photography. I just point and click. I figured I'd post a few here and maybe some others will want to post their own.
  15. Cooked up some rockfish caught on a fishing charter on the Chesapeake Bay yesterday.
  16. I remember the McDLT. They came with the two halves separated so the lettuce didn't get soggy or some such gimmick.
  17. Is this how you come back? No "I'm back b!tches" thread? 😎
  18. I saw him with Dead and Company a few years ago and he was incredible. I'm not a Deadhead but had a chance to go and I did.
  19. So true. Even heaven after a trillion years would get old but there's still another trillion to go...and another....and another....
  20. A lot of well written and thought-out responses. Too many to address them all. Condolences to those who shared their stories of tragic loss. As to the OP and response to the deaths of famous musicians or celebrities. For me, I RIP is just the thing to say or post. There's not a lot of deep meaning behind it. Just an acknowledgement that I respected what they accomplished, whether I knew them or not. Of course I do feel a tinge of personal pain sometimes even if I never met or knew the person. Some examples like SRV, Tom Petty amongst others.
  21. Nice. My old band used to play this campground thing every year too. Was always a fun gig. I was in Ocean City Thursday with my wife and got message from my buddy saying local Pit Stop Pub messaged him if we could play Friday night. We just played there last week but somebody obviously canceled. He was doing it with or without me but I said if I got home soon enough from beach I would join him. I got home about 3pm and unpacked etc, was at bar by 5 for a 6-9 gig. It was actually pretty average night as I think most people were at the local outdoor Tiki type bars since the weather was so nice. Sill had fun with the small crowd that was there and made a few bucks too. 😎
  22. There's the big, epic solos that always appear on "the greatest" lists. I agree with most of those. I'll list some of the solos I personally like, even if they aren't the most technical or intense etc. One Of These Nights- The Eagles. Can't think of a more "perfect" solo. Starts on one note, follows chord progression, and climaxes on a single note which leads right back into lyrics. Games People Play -Allen Parsons Project. Great phrasing and awesome Tele tone. Ricky Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan. I could make my whole list just Steely Dan solos, but this Skunk Baxter solo is just single coil bliss. Heart Breaker (Doo Doo Doo) - Rolling Stones. Depressing song, and the solo really isn't very much. But I've always loved it for it's simplicity and feeling. Sign Of The Gypsy Queen - April Wine. I just love the tone and the drama and how it finishes back into the final verse. There's so many more I could list. these were just some ones that came to my head and I figured no one else would pick
  23. I got sick of the song "How You Remind Me" back when it was big. But it's hard to blame a band for writing a popular song. I actually like most of the songs I've heard from them although I've never bought an album or anything. I thing some of the hate they get may stem from the singers attitude. I don't know personally, but have heard from several sources that he behaved like a real doosh when they got big. I think they also got labeled as Mall Rock for whatever that's worth. This song is pretty hard core IMO and it's about the murder of Dimebag Darryl
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