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ROCKFORD’S “I TRIED” REVIEWED…WRITTEN BY IMAN LABABEDI

Rockford’s “I Tried” Reviewed

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Here’s a cool review from our good friend Iman Lababedi of rocknycliveandrecorded.com on the latest smash from Rockford.  Those Rockford Boys are puttin’ out the hottest files since Big Jim Rockford stepped on up to his new position 3 months ago today, managing some “huge files” in the “upper end” of town. Many thanks Iman!  YOU ROCK NYC(Live and Recorded)!   –  Jack

ROCKFORD’S “I TRIED” REVIEWED…WRITTEN BY IMAN LABABEDI

All the way from Long Beach, California, my buddy and rock nyc writer Edward Huerta plays drums for this classic rock band with a lotta lotta punch and a way with a sound that straddles somewhere between a classicists coolness and a guitarists ambitions,  and never more so than on the sterling guitar break on their latest song guitarist and lead singer  Jeff Beal’s “I Tried”.

I asked Edward to write something about the band for me and this is what he sent: “Jeff Beals guitar/vox/..Jon Melkerson lead guitar/vox..John Kelly bass..Scott Dibble keyboards/vox..Ed Huerta drums/vox…we all write songs..ex members of Eggplant/OO Soul/The Lazy Cowgirls…been together about 2 years..record in the back of a pawn shop with engineering by Martin Beal..all of us went to the same high school, Westminster(Editor’s note: My Old School), in CA..all of us surf still except me..we have been on the scene in many bands for over a century hahaha..blue collar stiffs that need to get music out of their souls to survive life..have many more tracks to come..issuing one file at a time.”

“I Tried” is a big time blues rocker which sounds like the way cali blues should, a deep bass and a very strong guitarist with a straight ahead beat, the song is about as good as rock gets in 2014, there is nowhere else for it to go. I love Jeff’s voice and here he nails it dead. I am not sure what is on Beals mind here, it could be a cold turkey with a sunswept sky in Cali with Monkeys sitting on shoulders and the sort of harsh blues that suggests maybe a lady is the problem, between satanism and heroin and heroine. romance as very big problems…

One complaint: it should be three times as long. This is a supersonic riff and you want to hear Rockford jamming on this time for a long long long time, five minutes isn’t enough. The band is so tightly wound and you can hear em waiting to break through and break loose and they have the structure set to do it in. Maybe live on stage is the place it happens

Grade: A-

 

GEORGE HARRISON WRITING THE SONG ‘SOMETHING’

GEORGE HARRISON WRITING THE SONG ‘SOMETHING’

Here’s a cool little snippet of some Beatle goings on in the studio sent to me by Gerry Huerta via Leo Pando.  It’s George Harrison writing the song ‘Something’ with a little help from his friends Paul McCartney, John Lennon, & Ringo Starr.

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This one is much better with earbuds or headphones, and the attraction to pomegranates is quite strong here.  Pure Fun.  Thanks Ger & Leo!     – Jack

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH RICK VITO (THE GENTLEMAN SUPERSTAR) BY ED HUERTA

 

Rick Vito

 

Jackaboutguitars is proud to present an interview with guitarist Rick Vito. Rick  has played guitar with plenty of people that we’ve all heard, although I for one, and maybe you, may have not known it was his guitar playing that we were listening to.

 

Rick currently plays guitar in Rick Vito and The Lucky Devils, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band and also in The Island Rumours Band with Mick Fleetwood.

By the time this story goes live, Rick Vito & The Lucky Devils will have just finished up at the Harvest Blues Festival in Monaghan, Ireland and will be headed to Bavaria, Austria, all kinds of places in Germany, of which the only one I can pronounce is Hamburg, and also to Denmark over the period of the next three weeks.

(An update from Rick):

“Sadly, bad weather in Washington D.C. on Sept. 6 grounded flights in or out and no other airline or connecting city could be found to bring me and the band to Dublin for the Harvest Time Blues Festival. We had no other choice but to go home and leave the next morning for Munich and the rest of our Euro-tour. Our deepest apologies go out to all those who worked so hard to have us there. We truly hope we can make it up to you in the future.”

That says it all about just how gracious Rick is. Back to the story…

Rick, you certainly named this band as correctly as one could have ever dreamed.  These guys are certainly a bunch of Lucky Devils!  I could only dream of being in such a band…”Lynn (my wife), I’m going to work now.  Oh, by the way, it’s Europe for the next three weeks.”…and as the story goes – then he (I) woke up. Dream on Jackson!!!

Anyway, wishing Rick and The Lucky Devils a fantastic tour in Europe and hoping that you guys make it up to Portland, Oregon some day. (Rick, dinner is on me when you get up this way).

 


Rick Vito and The Lucky Devils…’I Do Believe’

 

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band…’Fleetwood Boogie’

 

After this interview wrapped up, Rick was going to be heading out to Shreveport, Lousiana to the James Burton International Guitar Festival, to play some tunes with his friend, the GREAT James Burton, and help celebrate James’ 75th Birthday. Happy Belated Birthday James!

 

Rick was a member of Fleetwood Mac, has played with Bob Seger, and is known for his guitar work on ‘Like A Rock’.  He has also played on every Bob Seger album since 1986.

 

Rick with Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac…Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Rick Vito, Christine McVie, John McVie, & Billy Burnette

 

 Fleetwood Mac…’I Loved Another Woman’ featuring Rick Vito

 

Rick Vito’s Bio

Here’s a little bit more info (from Rick’s Bio pulled with permission from Rick) to give you an idea of what Rick has been up to over the years and with whom:

“Rick also worked with such artists as LITTLE RICHARD, BOBBY WHITLOCK, JOHN PRINE, and DOBIE GRAY among many others.

Late in 1974 Rick received an invitation to join a new band being formed by British Blues pioneer, JOHN MAYALL, with whom Rick worked with subsequently on four albums.

“…a master of the instrument, at last getting the attention he deserves as bandleader/bluesman that is long overdue.” – JOHN MAYALL

 

In the following years, Rick was a member of ex-BYRD ROGER MCGUINN‘s group, THUNDERBYRD, and also a founding member of Los Angeles club favorites, the ANGEL CITY RHYTHM BAND. With the ACRB, Rick had a unique opportunity to back many of the Blues greats he had been influenced by. Performing regularly at the Topanga Canyon Corral club on Monday Blues nights, they regularly held court with ALBERT COLLINS, LOWELL FULSON, BIG JOE TURNER, and GEORGE ‘HARMONICA’ SMITH, among many others.

By 1980 Rick had recorded two albums worth of material and was starting to place more songs with other artists such as MCGUINN CLARK & HILLMAN, and DAVID SOUL. At the same time he began a long association with slide-guitar queen, BONNIE RAITT, appearing on her rocking LP, “GREEN LIGHT”, and as a member of her touring band. Rick spent most of 1982-83 working with LA- based singer/songwriter, JACKSON BROWNE. He appears on Jackson’s single’ “SOMEBODY’S BABY”, and on his albums, “LAWYERS IN LOVE”, and “LIVES IN THE BALANCE”.

In between solo recording and live shows in the LA area, Rick continued session dates with many artists including RITA COOLIDGE, MARIA MULDAUR, and DOLLY PARTON.

For more info on Rick’s great career, do check out his website Rick Vito .com  You can check out his music, artwork, CD’s, DVD’s as well as all kinds of cool photos, videos, and media about him.

 

Rick Vito and The Lucky Devils…’When The Big One Comes’

And now it’s time for the interview with Rick Vito by Jackaboutguitars’ one and only, “Prince of Primitive”, Ed Huerta.

The works of world renowned artist and writer  Ed Huerta, take up residence in the ‘ART “N” SOUL section of the Jackaboutguitars Blog.  AKA as ”The Prince of Primitive”, Ed Huerta was born in Los Angeles and currently resides in Long Beach, California.

A longtime musician, Ed has played in several L.A./O.C. bands, including Rockford, The Jack Brewer Band, The Lazy Cowgirls, The Final Tourguides, Moist and Meaty, Mind Over 4, The Silly Millions, Copper 7, & Eddie & The Trays.  He has also toured the U.S. and Europe as a drummer.

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THE BEATLES’ TROUBLESOME BUTCHER ALBUM COVER BY EDDIE DEEZEN

 

 

Beatles_0 copyWe’re still cooking along here in honor of this fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the British Invasion.

Jackaboutguitars.com is once again quite pleased to present another Fantastic article from one of the BIGGEST BEATLES’ FANS on the planet – Facebook Pal, Actor, Voice Over Artist, and Writer, Mr. Eddie Deezen!

As time and space permit, Jackaboutguitars will continue to share some very cool articles on The Beatles during this fiftieth anniversary celebration year of The Beatles conquering America that Eddie has written for www.eddiedeezen.com – “The Official Eddie Deezen Website” and for neatorama.com where Eddie has done many way cool guest posts on The Beatles and a variety of other people and subjects.

Eddie_Deezen Eddie Deezen is a character actor who is best known for his acting roles in Grease, Grease 2, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Surf II: The End of The Trilogy, 1941, Zapped!, WarGames, Disney’s Midnight Madness, and Punky Brewster, to name a few, as well as the voice of characters Lenny The Know It All in The Polar Express, Mandark in Dexter’s Laboratory on The Cartoon Network, Ned in Kim Possible, and Snipes The Magpie in Rock-A-Doodle.

Besides all of his Hollywood credits from being a talented character and voice actor, Eddie Deezen is a HUGE BEATLES FAN! His Beatles knowledge is nothing short of amazing.

Be sure to check out more from Eddie at www.eddiedeezen.com, neatorama.com, and give him a like on Facebook.

Once again, Eddie, a BIG THANK YOU! – Jack
Here’s a Neatorama guest post from Eddie. Visit Eddie at his website.

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RANDY CALIFORNIA HAS KEPT AN UPDATED SPIRIT ALIVE
 BY JIM WASHBURN


RANDY CALIFORNIA HAS KEPT AN UPDATED SPIRIT ALIVE
 BY JIM WASHBURN

This was one of those interesting articles I missed way back when it ran in 1986, being newly married with a 7 month old son at the time, and just trying to stay working (as a professional product) photographer, while living down in Orange County, California.  In fact, this was some 2-1/2 years before my wife, 2 kids, and I headed on to new adventures to the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon, after having lived all of my life previously in Southern California.

 

Spirit had been one of my favorite bands as I was growing up. I was fortunate enough to have older brothers who knew about music (not just plain old everyday music, but good music, and that’s what they brought home – thanks Al & Ger.)  I got to see Spirit live at places like the Anaheim Convention Center, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and even the wonderful Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, California.

 

I grew up with great music all around me to listen to: surf music from Dick Dale, as well as surf songs from The Chantays, The Surfaris, and even The Challengers. There was all the other cool music too, instrumentals from The Ventures, and all the cool stuff from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag, Spirit, and so on and so on.

 

Guitarist Randy California of Spirit was one of my guitar idols. As a seventh and eighth grader, and then later as a high school and college age kid, I actually really tried to play in a “style” as he did. I even had a Danelectro Silvertone and a Boss Tone. He was one of the greatest players ever as far as I was concerned.  As a fifteen year old he played guitar alongside Jimi Hendrix in Jimi’s band Jimmy James and The Blue Flames.

 

His name was Randy Wolfe at the time and the name California was given to him by Hendrix to distinguish him from another Randy in the band whom Hendrix called Randy Texas.

 

It’s hard to wonder just what else Randy California might have done musically as his life was cut short when he drowned in Hawaii while in the process of saving his son from a rip current. This happened on January 2, 1997, some 10 plus years after Jim Washburn wrote this story.

There’s also the others too that I can’t help but think about that influenced the music I have liked to play who left us way too soon: Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Harrison, Randy California…and I had better stop here.

 

Every time I use my Danelectro or my BossTone, I think of the great guitar sounds and solos that Randy California gave us, along with all of the cool songs that he wrote (I actually still play a lot of those solos – by myself).

 

And one more thing before getting to the story, regardless of what anyone else says, or thinks, the first time I heard Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, I thought to myself,”That was pulled right from Randy California’s “Taurus” off the first Spirit album my brother had.”  Just sayin’. I know those descending types of things are quite common in music, but as a kid who hardly knew anything about music “the first time I heard it”.

 

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Enjoy this cool story by a most knowledgeable music writer, Jim Washburn. If you like this story or are interested in Danelectros at all, check out The Danelectro Story right here on Jackaboutguitars.com by Jim Washburn and Steve Soest.

Also check out “A Bit on The New Danelectro Company” which contains a whole bunch of info including an interview with Steve Soest, the guy who seems to know more about Danelectros than just about anybody on the planet!

Special thanks to Jim Washburn for sharing this.    –  Jack

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FORGOT YOUR MEDICINE? TIME FOR A DOSE OF KEEPIN’ IT REAL BY STEVE SOEST

FORGOT YOUR MEDICINE? TIME FOR A DOSE OF KEEPIN’ IT REAL BY STEVE SOEST

That’s right, the GOOD DOCTOR is in!Even-Steven

…and I thought I was busy. Steve Soest is playing gigs all over Southern Californiafixing EVERYBODY’S GUITARS, living life large, and he still has time for us here at Jackaboutguitars.com  What a great guy!

 

                                                              Woops! Two Steve’s…

I’ll have to send him out one of these new extremely way cool Jackaboutguitars.com tee shirts when they become available in the very near future!  They’ll look something like this:

Jag Shirt240-3This is only a mock up.  Of course the real shirts will look way much cooler than anyone can even begin to imagine or anticipate!!!

Prices aren’t set in stone yet but the way it’s looking I’m guessing they’ll probably be somewhere around $25 which will include shipping within the continental U.S. and for any of you other readers in the other 102 countries where we have been seen, we’ll have to calculate that extra shipping cost (sorry  Paul M., Eric C., Jeff B., Jimmy P., Peter F., and Pete T.) (Besides, if you guys mentioned here request a shirt, I may just send ‘em with no extra shipping charge if you promise to give ‘em plenty of exposure.)

As we get this all figured out (depending on demand and feedback –  please drop us a line at jackaboutguitars@gmail.com and if there’s enough response, we’ll probably put up an order form in the right hand column to make it easy to get one of these cool tee-shirts that boast a logo design by the same artist who designed the famous AC/DC logo, my talented brother, Gerry Huerta.

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ONE SOFT INFESTED SUMMER: BORN TO RUN REMEMBERED BY ED HUERTA

SOFT INFESTED SUMMER: BORN TO RUN REMEMBERED BY ED HUERTA

btr006-300x200         Ed Huerta’s i.d. card 1974-75 school year from Westminster High School

He’s back!  Drummer and writer Ed Huerta of Jackaboutguitars ‘Art “N” Soul column, aka “The Prince of Primitive“, has returned to share a cool, heartfelt piece he did for Iman Lababedi on Iman’s sweet site rocknycliveandrecorded.com  You have to check out Iman’s cool site!!!

SOFT INFESTED SUMMER: BORN TO RUN REMEMBERED BY ED HUERTA

A little history is in order before you decide to take this dive into this article. A post on Facebook on 4th of July by legendary writer and musical connoisseur, Iman Lababedi about the song “Born in the USA” sparked my mind to recall the feelings for Bruce Springsteen and what he means/meant to music then and now.

Some of you may have had similar journeys. Some of you may hate the man and his music, so be it. You have that choice. I thought he was the musical messiah at one point in my life. In this column, possibly the first of a few on this man, I am only going to touch on the Born to Run era Bruce and how it affected a young teenager living in an angst filled high school world.

I could easily go on and maybe with a little prodding will continue to write about the historic run of Bruce’s career and how it affected the chapters in my life and growing up and how rock and roll has taken a backseat to everyday woes and responsibilities. I hope the haters and doubters stay with me, if not, take two aspirins and go listen to early Genesis and we’ll meet ‘neath that giant Exxon sign cuz this guy don’t dance…

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THE BEATLES SONG NOBODY LIKES BY EDDIE DEEZEN

In honor of this fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the British Invasion, www.jackaboutguitars.com is pleased to present another GREAT article from one of the biggest Beatles fans on the planet!

Now, here’s another cool Beatles story from Facebook pal, actor, voice over artist, and writer, Eddie Deezen.

As time and space permit, Jackaboutguitars will continue to share some very cool articles on The Beatles during this fiftieth anniversary celebration year of The Beatles conquering America that Eddie has written for www.eddiedeezen.com – “The Official Eddie Deezen Website” and for neatorama.com where Eddie has done many way cool guest posts on The Beatles and a variety of other people and subjects.

Eddie_Deezen Eddie Deezen is a character actor who is best known for his acting roles in Grease, Grease 2, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Surf II: The End of The Trilogy, 1941, Zapped!, WarGames, Disney’s Midnight Madness, and Punky Brewster, to name a few, as well as the voice of characters Lenny The Know It All in The Polar Express, Mandark in Dexter’s Laboratory on The Cartoon Network, Ned in Kim Possible, and Snipes The Magpie in Rock-A-Doodle.

Besides all of his Hollywood credits from being a talented character and voice actor, Eddie Deezen is a HUGE BEATLES FAN! His Beatles knowledge is nothing short of amazing.

Be sure to check out more from Eddie at www.eddiedeezen.com, neatorama.com, and give him a like on Facebook.

Once again, Eddie, a BIG THANK YOU! – Jack
Here’s a Neatorama  guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.

THE BEATLES SONG NOBODY LIKES BY EDDIE DEEZEN

1365891587-0The Beatles are the most talked about, written about, discussed, analyzed, and dissected group in the history of music. Almost all of the Beatles’ songs are liked by some segment of Beatle fans. The actual “most popular” Beatles song is up for grabs. Various polls on the subject have been conducted, with diverse results.

Some like the love songs, some like the hard rock, some like “John songs,” some prefer the “Paul songs,” some like the later, freakier stuff, and some like the simplicity of the early stuff. But always, in every poll on the subject ever taken, one song stands out, alone and undisputed, as the “least popular” Beatles song of all-time.

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CONGRATULATIONS FIVE STAR GUITARS

CONGRATULATIONS FIVE STAR GUITARS

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FIVE STAR GUITARS NAMED IN THE TOP 100 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT RETAILERS WORLDWIDE BY NAMM

That is CORRECT.  Five Star Guitars is named in the top 100 musical retailers worldwide by NAMM.  Yep, you read it right here!  Talk about a GRAND ACHIEVEMENT.  Congratulations Five Star Guitars.

COOL NEWS FROM GEOFF METTS OF FIVE STAR GUITARS

Last week as I was packing and getting all set to head out with the family to St. Paul, Minnesota for my daughter Julia’s Graduation from Macalester College, I figured I’d check thru my 600 plus daily emails one last time before going to bed.  (By the way I just have to say how proud I am of Julia for her perseverance in getting her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  I better stop here though or I’d be going on about how proud I am of all my kids and their achievements for the next 20 minutes.)

When you have three web sites it’s amazing how much garbage email you attract and you really do have to sift thru all that trash on a daily basis just to find the important stuff.  Everyday I sift…otherwise if I miss a couple of days, there are literally a thousand plus emails…just for two days of not checking.

It was very cool to find the email from Geoff Metts of Five Star Guitars, my local Portland area guitar shop that makes everyone feel right at home as soon as one walks through their doorway.

I did a little piece a few months ago on Five Star Guitars.  If you missed it you can check it out here: Jackaboutguitars/Five Star Guitars.  Great shop, great people, great prices on great gear!

 

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FIVE STAR GUITARS…HANDSDOWN…A GREAT GUITAR SHOP!

FIVE STAR GUITARS is such a GREAT GUITAR SHOP that they have been recognized by NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants) as one of the TOP 100 Music Retailers in THE WORLD.

FiveStarGuitars-3 for press release         Five Star Guitars’s Owners Jeep Simonet, Geoff Metts, & Jeremie Murfin

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RANDY “TEX” HILL AND THE OREGON VALLEY BOYS

GOODTIMES WITH RANDY “TEX” HILL AND THE OREGON VALLEY BOYS

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This article has been a long, long, time comin’. Yep, life has been movin’ at a gallop even this ol’ horse hasn’t been able to keep up with…neeeiiigh(nay)

Originally this post was going to be just about Randy “Tex” Hill and the cool guitar art assemblage projects that he has done.

The man, Randy “Tex” Hill, is quite talented. He’s been a fine drummer & singer – forever… and has traveled the globe entertaining for just about as long as that.

This just in via Facebook:  Randy “Tex” Hill…”I got a call on Thursday. It’s confirmed. I’ll be inducted into the Northwest Western Swing Hall of Fame on August 10th in Auburn, Washington. Wow. Blows my mind. I am extremely honored.”  Words from a humble talented guy.

He’s also a graphic designer, artist, has his own radio program, and even runs his own magazine. How he finds time to do all of this, I’ll never know. He makes me tired, he does so much.

Recently, (in the scheme of things), I had the opportunity of getting out to hear his band The Oregon Valley Boys perform at Ringlers, right here in Portland, so I figured I’d just tell you a bit about the band also. These guys are the best Western Swing Band that I’ve heard in a long time. They have it down and they have it down good.  Talk about a bunch of Swingers…(Western style that is).

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SOME WAY COOL GUITARS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM STEVE SOEST

SOME WAY COOL GUITARS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM STEVE SOEST

THAT’S RIGHT! Some WAY COOL GUITARS are now available from STEVE SOEST(Soest Guitar)! Get ‘em while they’re hot before somebody else does… because STUFF THIS COOL WON’T LAST LONG…

Steve-MustangSteve Soest with more than a carload of COOL and DROOL!

I may have to sell my SPECIAL PEDIGREE ALBINO MILKING CHICKENS and “MUSEUM QUALITY” CHIA PET COLLECTION to get in on this action and getting one of these babies for myself!

FOR SALE: 6.5 milking chickens-WELL TRAINED -THAT’S RIGHT – 1/2 a milking chicken too! (NON SHEDDING VARIETY!!!)

FOR SALE: 13 CHIA PETS -they don’t eat much and come from a VERY CLEAN CHIA FAMILY!!!

My apologies.  These guitars are just SO WAY COOL I got a little caught up and carried away about how I was going to bag something here for myself.  Back to the guitars…

Check out this list of WAY COOLNESS:

1. 1920 Gibson Style “O” Artist $3850

2. 1959 Martin OO-18G (he said he has this one sold, so it might be going back to him)

3. T. Haruo Fancy Martin Style Model 80 $450

4. 1942 Epiphone Century Electric $1100

5. 1930’s Washburn (Tonk Bros.) Model 5200 $1200

6. 1960’s Ampeg by Burns of London “Wild Dog” $1200

7. Hamer Parallelogram Solid Body? MILLER BEER Promo  (Graphics covered with sparkle sticky paper) $350

8. 1960’s Yamaha SG-2 Red Solid Body, Tremolo, Weird Cool Link Wray Model $1400

9. 1960’s Crucianelli (Italy) “Panoramic” Solid Body $485

10. 1968 (?) Fender Mustang Bass C.A. Red/Racing Stripe $1400

11. 1930’s S.S. Stewart Carved Top Archtop Model 7008 $850

12. 1972 Fender Strat Sunburst, Maple Neck Staggered Pole Pickups $2600

13. 1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom Artisan 3 Pickups, Walnut, Fancy $2600 SOLD

14. 1968 Fender Telecaster Bass, Blonde (Keeper)

15. 1960’s Mosrite Sunburst Ventures Style $2600

16. Silvertone/Danelectro Model 1457 2 Pickup Guitar Red Burst with Amp-In-Case. VERY NICE $785

17. VERY RARE Hallmark Mark IV Solid Body, Gold Sparkle With Matching Headstock, 2 Pickup, Tremolo Mosrite Influence , Made in Bakersfield by Former MOSRITE Employees Gruggett and Hall $3500

18. Fender Jazzmaster 1965 Sunburst (just like DON WILSON’S, from “THE VENTURES ) very nice w/ Original FenderBlack Case $3800

19. Fender Jaguar 1966 Sunburst Dot/Binding neck VERY NICE w/ Original Black Fender Case $2800

20. Fender Electric XII 1966 Sunburst EXCELLENT ++ “F” Tuners w/ Original Black Fender Case. The Page “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” Guitar $2800

21. Fender Duo-Sonic 1957 (?) Desert Sand Finish, Gold Anodized Pickguard, Maple “V” Neck, Original Tan Hard Fender Case. NICEST ONE I’VE SEEN! $1800

22. Fender Mustang 1969 (?) Candy Apple Red with Competition Racing Stripe. White Pearloid Pickguard has shrunk, chipping edges, “F” tuners, Original Gray Fender Case $1450

23. Fender Stringmaster 8 String Steel, 1950s Blonde (single neck removed from double neck instrument ) 2-Pickup, Serial# 0015 w/ Brown Tolex “Leg” Case $600

24. Framus (Germany) Model 5/168gl “Strato-Deluxe” Top of the line – 3 Pickup Sunburst Solid Body w/ Tremolo,Unique Switchable Spring-Loaded Volume Pot, Original case, COOL! $750

25. Danelectro UB-2 Six String Bass 1956 Black, Heavily checked finish (clear overspray?) edge binding tape replaced, Original Tweed “Coffin” Case $1200

26. Mandolin (unmarked) Washburn-looking Brazillian Rosewood/Spruce, small back crack, no case $485

27. Gibson ES-347TD Cherry Sunburst 1984, flamed maple back, gold hardware, original hard gibson case. SIGNED by MICK TAYLOR of the ROLLING STONES. $2400

28. Hagstrom 8-String Bass (Zappa/Noel Redding) Sunburst 1968 w/ Original Hagstrom Case. VERY COOL! $1400

29. Danelectro Model 3923 Double Neck Guitar/Bass Original Issue 1960’s EXCELLENT w/ Original Gray Hard Case. “Stan and Dan” MODEL $1600

That’s quite a list of COOL and DROOL!  Don’t wait too long if you’re thinking about getting your hands on any of these.

You can reach Steve (at his shop # which is 714 538 0272) and also by email at: soestguitar@earthlink.net and even through jackaboutguitars@gmail.com

Many of these items will go quickly, so if you’re serious, jump on it quickly and give Steve a call SOON or send him an email ASAP if interested!!!        –  Jack

TOMMY TEDESCO AND FRIENDS ON THE GOLDEN AGE OF STUDIO GUITAR BY JAS OBRECHT

One song comes to mind that takes me back to a time when I was fortunate enough to play guitar in a very cool, very authentic ’60’s cover band called Route 66 – (This band was hatched from The Tangents and Eddie & The Trays. Great memories.)  The song I’m referring to that was really fun to play now feels like it has really become the anthem of my life. It was by Booker T. and The MG’s and is called “Time Is Tight”.  Boy is it and that’s all I’ve got…

I was hoping to do so much with the site this year and I can’t believe that’s it’s already summertime.  I’m hoping “the living is easy” for you but I’m beginning to have my doubts even about that for myself as work has been plentiful and when one freelances, one must go for it while the gettin’ is good.

In the mean time I’m going to move a GREAT guitarist story to the top again that was run mid February as we now have some cool add ons that are put after the story (so as to not interfere directly with the pictures and flow of the story as it was originally presented by Jas Obrecht.)

The story, “Tommy Tedesco and Friends On The Age of Studio Guitar by Jas Obrecht” caught the eye of one of Tommy Tedesco’s sons, Wrecking Crew Filmmaker, Denny Tedesco.  After Denny saw the article, he shot me an email saying that he remembered the party and that he could get me some pictures to add to the story if I could use them.  I thought to myself that this was way cool.  (Thanks so much Denny and my sincerest apologies for it taking so long to get the photos up.)

I’m going to call this my disclaimer just in case there were any mistakes made in identifying some of the greats in the pictures.  Even though I had help in trying to figure out just who everyone was in the photos, it wasn’t an easy task by any means.  So here goes: My apologies to any persons, living or no longer with us, who might have a wrong name attached to the photo that was thought to be you.  It was purely accidental if it happened and if there were any mistakes, please contact me through the site and we’ll get things all sorted out.

Special thanks to Denny Tedesco and his mother Carmie Tedesco for use of the photographs, and the help of Denny, Mitch Holder, and Bobby Fury (aka Bob Mytkowicz) for their help in confirming the identities of those in the photos.  The b&w digital images used were taken from scans of 34 year old color snapshots which had faded and lost out to time, standard color processing, etc., etc., etc.,. As mentioned in the story, “The occasion was a sendoff for longtime session guitarists Al Hendrickson and Michael Anthony.”  Enjoy!      Jack

One really way cool thing about having this “fun little guitar site” has to do with the people that I have had the privilege to have contact with.  Jas Obrecht is one of these people.

Jas was an editor at Guitar Player Magazine for some twenty years and has interviewed so many great guitarists it would make your head spin.  Not only is he a noteworthy author and a fine guitarist in his own right, but he is also a founding editor of Pure Guitar Magazine.  Jas has an immense amount of  music knowledge.

Be sure to check out his way cool blog at Jas Obrecht.com.  It’s truly a GREAT site!  Please enjoy this really cool article that Jas has so graciously shared with all of us through Jackaboutguitars.      –   Jack

TOMMY TEDESCO AND FRIENDS ON THE GOLDEN AGE OF STUDIO GUITAR BY JAS OBRECHT

Tommy Tedesco, the most recorded guitarist in history, was also one of the most beloved characters to ever work the Los Angeles music scene. And work it he did: After arriving from Niagara Falls in 1953, Tommy spent four decades playing sessions for countless films, TV shows, record albums, commercial jingles – you name it. A ferociously good sight-reader, this wonderful, big-hearted Italian maestro of the strings became the town’s “first call” guitarist, meaning he was the first person to call for sessions.

Beyond being a brilliant player, Tommy was renowned for his mischievous sense of humor and willingness to help talented newcomers navigate the studio system. He was a much-loved character, and everyone who as part of that scene has choice Tedesco stories to share. I too have many fond memories him, and one stands above the rest. First, some background.

 

Before arriving at Guitar Player magazine in May ’78, I’d never heard of Tommy Tedesco. That all changed my first day on the job, when I was handed my regular monthly assignments. Among them were editing columns by Jeff Baxter, Barney Kessel, and Tommy Tedesco. Baxter, I learned, liked to dictate his over the phone. Kessel carefully hand-wrote his on a yellow legal pad. Tommy’s “Studio Log” column showed up in the mail, neatly typed and with an attached page of music from a recent session. These columns provided unsurpassed insight into studio life at the time, as Tommy detailed who each session was for, what gear he played, how he modified the music, and what he was paid. He’d always call to ask if the column was okay. I found him to be a wonderful guy through and through, and I ended up editing his column for fourteen years. I always enjoyed being around him at seminars, trade shows, studio dates, and when he’d visit our office.

 

My fondest memory of the man dates to May 18, 1980. That night Tommy and his wife Carmie threw a party at their spacious home in Northridge, California. The occasion was a sendoff for longtime session guitarists Al Hendrickson and Michael Anthony. By early evening, cars of all shapes and sizes had pulled up in front of the house. The signatures in the guest book included Bob Bain, Dennis Budimir, Larry Carlton, Steve Carnelli, David Cohen, Joe DiBlasi, Herb Ellis, Ron Eschete, Robben Ford, Grant Geissman, Jay Graydon, Al Hendrickson, Mitch Holder, Carol Kaye, Pat Martino, Tim May, Greg Poree, Lee Ritenour, Alan Reuss, Tony Rizzi, Thom Rotella, George M. Smith, and Barry Zweiss. In retrospect, this party proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of Los Angeles’ top studio guitarists.

 

As I reported in the April 1981 issue of Guitar Player, “The tenor of the evening was laid-back and polite, with no sign of inflated egos. Over clinking glasses and infectious laughter, most conversations centered on families, girlfriends, memories of old pals and times gone, humorous events in the studio, scams at the golf course, and friendly wagers. Although several instruments were inconspicuously stacked in a corner of the living room, none of these sharpshooters opened a case all night.” Several times that evening, I heard the quip, “If someone dropped a bomb on this party, L.A. would be a wide-open town for guitarists!”

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THE BEATLES ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW BY EDDIE DEEZEN

FIFTY YEARS SINCE THE BEATLES CONQUERED AMERICA AND CHANGED ROCK MUSIC FOREVER

Who can believe that this week marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arriving in America?  That’s an event that doesn’t really mean too much to those who weren’t born at the time or were too young to even know that it was going on.  To those who were around at the time and old enough to remember, it was an event of huge significance.  It was music history in the making.  I’m thankful I have a couple of great older brothers who knew exactly what was happening or I would have probably missed it.  Thanks Al & Ger!

Just as people remember where they were when JFK was shot, or what they might have been doing when the horror of 911 revealed itself, The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show was one of those few moments that really made that same sort of impression on a person’s memory.

The great thing about this event was that it was a pleasant entertaining spot of time with no sadness whatsoever as wasn’t the case concerning the other two events mentioned.  I even remember reading that criminal activity in New York City had come to a halt during this first broadcast of The Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show as some 73 million people tuned in.

In honor of this fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the British Invasion, Jackaboutguitars is pleased to present another GREAT article from one of the biggest Beatles fans on the planet!

Now, here’s another cool Beatles story from actor, voice over artist, and writer, Eddie Deezen.

As time and space permit, Jackaboutguitars will continue to share some very cool articles on The Beatles during this fiftieth anniversary celebration year of The Beatles conquering America that Eddie has written for www.eddiedeezen.com – “The Official Eddie Deezen Website” and for neatorama.com where Eddie has done many way cool guest posts on The Beatles and a variety of other people and subjects.

Eddie_Deezen Eddie Deezen is a character actor who is best known for his acting roles in Grease, Grease 2, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Surf II: The End of The Trilogy, 1941, Zapped!, WarGames, Disney’s Midnight Madness, and Punky Brewster, to name a few, as well as the voice of characters Lenny The Know It All in The Polar Express, Mandark in Dexter’s Laboratory on The Cartoon Network, Ned in Kim Possible, and Snipes The Magpie in Rock-A-Doodle.

Besides all of his Hollywood credits from being a talented character and voice actor, Eddie Deezen is a HUGE BEATLES FAN! His Beatles knowledge is nothing short of amazing.

Be sure to check out more from Eddie at www.eddiedeezen.com, neatorama.com, and give him a like on Facebook.

Once again, Eddie, a very sincere big THANK YOU!      –   Jack

THE BEATLES ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW BY EDDIE DEEZEN

On February 9, 1964, The Beatles made their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. (For those of you unfamiliar, The Ed Sullivan Show was a hugely popular, legendary variety show which ran in America from 1948 to 1973.  If you can imagine American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, and multiply it times 20, that was how popular The Ed Sullivan Show was in the 1960s. Pretty much everyone watched the show.

The Beatles had been seen in clips and recorded interviews before this, but this was their actual performance debut on U.S. television.  The show was watched by an all-time record (at the time) of 73,000,000 people.  The show remains a landmark in television history and is an indelible memory to any of us who watched the historic performance.
The show is, quite possibly, the single most important moment in the history of rock and roll.  Like September 11, 2001 or the day President Kennedy was assassinated, no one who witnessed this show will ever forget where he or she was at the time.

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INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS RISE AGAINST CORPORATE GIANTS: THE STORY…

INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS RISE AGAINST CORPORATE GIANTS: THE STORY

 

EVER FELT TOTALLY HELPLESS AND RIPPED OFF?

Have you ever felt totally helpless after being ripped off by a big corporation?  Maybe it only had to do with the ultra ridiculous charges inflicted upon you by a MEGA GIANT CABLE COMPANY just to be able to enjoy a little T.V. watching and have internet service.  They get you to sign up for what seems like a fairly reasonable fee, give you all of the “EXTRAS”, only to stick it to you for the next couple of years until the contract expires (who has time to read, let alone understand everything on those 3 pages of fine print that happens to be in a language which only resembles English!)

 

 

Maybe it’s only the high out of pocket expenses that you work so hard for to pay for your $5000 deductible insurance only to find by year’s end you put out only $4950 towards medical expenses besides the extremely high premiums you’ve paid all year long just to try to protect your family.

 

Imaging inventing a way cool product and people seeming to work with you under the guise of helping you to bring that invention to market!  Big corporations pretending to help you out but really behaving like THIEVES and stealing and marketing the product that YOU INVENTED! Would you like the opportunity to feel a little bit better about some of the wrong doing that goes on in this world that seems to rain on you and I (the little guy)?

 

I know that just presenting this article to you for my friends Michelle & Steve helps me to feel quite a bit better about the unfortunate unfair things that most of us have to endure on an almost daily basis by the “big boys” who reign it all over us.

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