So, you've stomped your foot till your shin splints swelled, ran your scales till your fingers were raw and bleeding, sang your songs till your voice was hoarse and gone and you still have the energy to propel your career?!?
For this week’s blog, which I believe, is my eleventh for Guitar World, I wanted to ramble on to you all about performance. Your performance is probably the most important thing about your music as it relates to people other than yourself. True, the best music you ever play may be in your room or on your porch with only your dog listening but if you do want to make music professionally you'll have to hit the streets, the stage, the studio and you better be ready to cut it up.
This past weekend, we were out on a four-show fly date that took us from Lake Charles to San Diego to Las Vegas and finally to Trinity, California, for the Trinity Tribal Stomp. I caught up with my old Okeh Records label mate, Anders Osborne, and had the great pleasure to see a true master of the Delta blues, Roy Rogers.
Since I picked up the acoustic guitar at a young age, I've always been an acoustic player and performer. There's always been something profound about one man and one guitar. I've always thought that to have that type of capability, to be able to hold it down and get your song and performance across, solo acoustic, is the sign of a true musician. When you're up there all by yourself, you have nothing to hide behind.
One day in 1993, I was walking through the streets of Boston. There was a guitar shop around the corner from Berklee called Cambridge Music. I was hanging with my homies from Philly, and we were walking the streets, smoking joints and messing around. I had no idea my musical life was about to change. We walked by Cambridge Music and I stopped dead in my tracks. There in the window was MY guitar. How much is that doggie in the window!?!