Wednesday, July 18, 2012


We rolled into Nashville around twoPM. The first thing we did was to head to Broadway where the venue and Gruhn Guitars are located. Broadway is this wild stretch of music clubs that has a feel much like Beale Street in Memphis. After parking the car, we went to Gruhn and played with a few nice old guitars and banjos. Greg after chatting with a luthier decided to add some railroad spikes to the banjo(5th string capo of sorts) and got his instrument set up as well as a new bridge added on. The price was very reasonable, and he is very happy with the work that was done.
While gruhn was doing the work, we had lunch at a local bbq. After lunch we went to pickup the banjo. During our return, they let us into the private stash where we were able to play some amazing old guitars. I found a '27 Martin 0-18 that I loved, while greg found a '33 Gibson banjo. Both were out of our price range, but it was fun to play them just the same.
Greg left me in the toy store and parked near the club. While there he learned that we went on an hour before we thought, and came back to get me for the gig which was to start in 30 minutes. Furtonatly I was warmed up and ready to go after plaing some 400 years worth of instruments. The gig was a laid back happy hour show. The club was kind, and the sound was good despite the lack of monitors. Later we noticed the sound man turn them on for the third act....Duh!
Anne E DeChant who I was friends with from Cleveland with her former band Odd Girl Out stopped in and we hung out for a bit before relocating to another club in East Nashville called the Family wash where she had friends playing. It was a very cool spot much like the Barking Spider. Later Jack Silverman, former Jangler guitarist and current Nashville Scene editor joined us. It was good to spend time with these old friends and meet a few more locals. Everyone was very kind.
Later we headed back to our couchsurfer hosts home for a night of slumber. Our host Karen, her house mate Samantha, and dog Phoebe were good folks and very welcoming.
Before we left, Jack took us to a local cafe where we had some sausage bisquits with Jam.....the jams in Nashville were tasty to say the least.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Shooting in Ouachita

Before leaving Cleveland I was hoping to make a stop in the Arkansas wilderness for a music video shoot amongst the tall trees and native critters of the Ozarks. Upon leaving Okemah on Sunday I settled my sights on the surrounding area of Hot Springs Arkansas, the Ouachita National Forest seemed to be the place. I was not disappointed. The first place we stopped had what I'd been envisioning in my mind's eye; an available campsite overlooking a beautiful lake with the electric I needed for production.

The first film production I've ever been involved with was in 1978 and like now; it was also on a campsite in the wilderness. I was 7 years old and my father was shooting film on a small Kodak Super-8mm film camera while our family was vacationing together. We settled on the idea of producing our own version of The Six Million Dollar Man; a show that we both enjoyed watching at that time. I played the part of Steve Austin and I would be breaking large branches with bionic strength. My father pre-broke the large branches so that I could easily snap them apart on camera. He then showed me how to speed the frame-rate up to achieve a slow-motion effect. The only thing missing was the sound effect. There was no sound on that camera believe it or not.

Obviously things are different today. Using only enough equipment to fit into one medium sized suitcase we were able to produce the following video in seven hours, and upload it to the Internet during the dream state while sleeping in a tent out in the Ouachita Forest. We live in magnificent times... Swimming Pools, Internet, Computers. I often feel very lucky to be alive.

“Nothing to Lose” 
performed Sunday July 15th 2012 
in the Ouachita National Forest