Another tidbit from MPomy: a Santa Cruz Tony Rice Model D for sale at Mandolin Brothers.
Tony’s legendary 1930s D-28, previously owned by Clarence White, served as the model for an instrument design that combines the bass presence of the old D-28 with more substantial midrange and treble response, which is necessary for Tony’s modern lead work.
Writeup adds that the instrument, and “world class performance domination,” can be had for as low as $4,720.
Back in college, we all trekked to Mandolin Brothers, where they used to let you play everything, even the $30,000 Strats or whatever.
Posted by Gillies on December 29, 2009
Tony Rice’s “Manzanita,” which I downloaded last night, is another direct hit. I found myself looking forward to putting the album on for the Metro ride home.
I think the bluegrass bender I’m on right now might point toward a good new year’s resolution. It would go something like this. I resolve to learn to play some bluegrass in 2010. Early in the year, I’d invest in a decent acoustic guitar of some sort. Then, starting around March, I’d take some bluegrass lessons. Nice and slow. The goal would be to pick up some basics and learn about six songs, perhaps with some bass (and piano?) thrown in for good measure.
In the summer, maybe there might be a bluegrassapalooza event of some sort out in the country. It would look sort of like the photo above, only with acoustic instruments.
There’s some precedent for all this. In 2007, I resolved to learn some piano. I bought the Yamaha and took lessons for a couple of months. It wasn’t exactly a smashing success – my piano skills are still de minimis – but it was worth it.
At the very least, the bluegrass resolution would make for blog fodder.
Posted by Gillies on December 17, 2009
Bits and pieces this evening.
It could be your first time playing in public with Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett in a very long time.
Sure. We’ve just done weddings in the last few years. Time to move along. I think the older you get the more you appreciate the history of what you’ve been through with these people, which is quite nice. And we’re all still alive. That’s a plus these days, too.
- My bluegrass bender continues. Tony Rice’s self-titled debut album has really been hooking, especially the tracks: “Eighth of January” and “Big Mon.” I found myself downright rocking out to those two the other day. The next Rice record I’m going for is “Manzanita.”
Posted by Gillies on December 16, 2009
Free time ran in exceedingly short supply today. I did have time to download Tony Rice’s 1977 self-titled record off iTunes. I may be in for a bluegrass bender. Not sure.
Also, I got to play maxwellkeeler’s two Martins (six string and 12 string) this evening. Whoo boy. I may also be in for a new guitar shortly. Not sure about that either.
Posted by Gillies on December 12, 2009
Before I ventured down to Charlottesville for the Phish gig last week, I made a wish list
of tunes I wanted to hear. I got shut out. Father Phishmas didn’t deliver any of that.
What I did get was maybe better, though: a couple of great tunes that I didn’t know very well: “Ya Mar,” “Sneakin’ Sally Thru the Alley,” and “The Old Home Place.”
The latter is a bluegrass number, complete with a reference to Charlottesville – that line got a big cheer at the show. Stats from Phish.net indicate that Phish has played the song 37 times. Before 12/5/09, they last played it in 2004.
I’d like to learn more about the song. Nothing on Wikipedia, and the top of a Google search didn’t cough up much either. I’ll have to look around more. Google search did turn up a nice video. Here’s Tony Rice doing “The Old Home Place.”
Posted by Gillies on December 11, 2009