Steel Guitar Worker's Union T-Shirts!

Hi all, I've got a limited number of T shirts available for the holidays, which I designed. It's a play on vintage Union logo t shirts. Join the (fictional) Steel Guitar Worker's Union and support your local steel guitar worker:  


Playing the very first Bigsby!

Instrumentalists--especially guitarists-- and instrument collectors do not always get along. We tend to be annoyed at collectors driving up the prices of the things we need to use to do our jobs, and there is a general feeling of irritation…


Book Theft with Schoenberg

Right before I graduated from college, I helped myself to a copy of Schoenberg’s Theory of Harmony from the library. (Yes, I feel bad about it) The section entitled “Chords with six or more tones,” contains some fascinating examples of…


Napping with Schoenberg

I love to nap. If I get a chance to nap, you can bet I’ll take it. A big part of my napping ritual is choosing the right music by which to fall asleep. This is an absurd endeavor because…

Some ideas for interesting comping with Lap Steel


Chord Superimposition: The Vertical Version


One of the greatest things about the lap steel guitar is how difficult it is to play. Not only does it force you to be creative in your choices when playing solo, it also forces…


Another Video from Retrofret

I had a video-heavy couple of weeks right before the holidays.  Stay tuned for a music video, live show recording and live video from the Brain Cloud, New York's finest Western Swing band.  And here's a little promo video that…


Live in Central Park

Recently I had the opportunity to play in Central Park at the beautiful Naumburg Bandshell with my trio; myself on lap steel, Jim Whitney on bass, and Larry Eagle on drums. It felt great to play for such a huge…


Video at Retrofret Guitars

Had a fantastic time the other day playing at Retrofret Guitars, that place is incredible!  Hopefully they'll let me come in and do this again soon:



New Videos of the New tunes

Well, in my last post I promised new tunes.  Truth to tell, I hadn't really started them yet, but writing that post and also telling everyone I could that I was writing new tunes made me actually sit and write…