Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Xmas Album Available and Holiday Shows 2011!

Hi, hope everyone had a wonderfull Thanksgiving holiday. I'm proud to announce that my holiday album "Fireplace Christmas Tunes" is finally finished! You can purchase a copy at:
They make GREAT stocking stuffers.....wink wink ;)

You can preview my album here:

Also, I have some holiday shows lined up in Dec 2011, where I play a special holiday set. Come celebrate the holidays with me at the following upcomming holiday shows:

Sat Dec 3rd @ Fairfax Festival of Lights
Sun Dec 4th @ Philadelphia Christmas Village
Fri Dec 9th @ Baltimore Folk Music Society Open Mic Featured Artist
Sat Dec 10th @ DC Holiday Market
Sun Dec 18th @ Philadelphia Christmas Village
Mon Dec 19th @ Carney Assembly Church Benefit Show
"Fireplace Christmas Tunes" consists of arrangement of 14 holiday classics rearranged for instrumental classical guitar, folk guitar, and jazz guitar (Joe Pass style) format with light accompaniment from violins and cellos for the acoustic tracks, and upright bass and drums for the jazz tracks.

Track Listing

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. White Christmas
3. Chestnuts
4. Sleigh Ride
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. Little Town of Bethlehem
7. Silver Bells
8. Noel / Silent Night
9. Oh Holy Night
10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
11. Gloria
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
13. We Three Kings
14. What Child Is This?

Monday, November 21, 2011

4 GREAT Austin Acts touring through the mid-atlantic this winter!

Hey Everyone, just wanted to let you know that 4 GREAT Austin acts will be touring through the mid-atlantic this winter. I've seen each act numerous times, and I wouldn't recommend them to you if I thought these acts were medoicre. This is also a great chance to get a "taste" of the Austin music scene if you've never lived in Austin:

One Eyed Doll- seen them 3 times now, and they're the BEST LIVE ACT I've ever seen, period! A goth-metal  band, they have the wildest stage antics and stage persona I've ever seen, most entertaining act i've seen in a while. The singer pours every ounce of soul, emotion, expression, and energy and plays every show like it's her last. She's like Iggy Pop on steriods. Previous OED show I been to, the singer jumped into the audience, tossed a guitar at me, pours water and slaps a guy on-stage, kicks over her drummer's drum kit, and jumps on-top of her drummer. She also huggs ALL over her fans after her show =)
Awesome and HILARIOUS music video:
Tues Nov 29th & Jaxx Nighclub, Springfield VA

Seth Walker- He's a bluesman who sings like Ray Charles, and plays guitar like T-Bone Walker. His soulful music grooves, swings, and makes your foot tap. Must listen to any Ray Charles fan.
Sat Dec 3rd @ Glen Echo Ballroom

Gary Clark Jr.- Nephew of Austin blues legend, W.C. Clark, who wrote the song "Cold Shot" that Stevie Ray Vaughan made famous. he melds old-school blues with a more modern R&B flare. Sounds like Joe Louis Walker, Otis Rush, and Hound Dog Taylor
Fri Dec 16 @ 8x10 (Baltimore)
Sat Dec 17th @ Red Palace (DC)

Eric Johnson- Grammy winning guitar virtuoso instrumentalist. His version of instrumental fusion shred-rock melds rock, blues, country, and jazz together.
Sun Jan 8th @ Birchmere (Alexandria,VA)
Tues Jan 10th @ Soundstage (Baltimore)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Now booking for holiday shows 2011

Now booking for holiday shows. I play a total of 15 holiday tunes, rearranged for solo instrumental classical and jazz (Joe Pass style) guitar. My rearrangements strive to authentically  capture the Christmas spirit, not merely going through holiday tunes by the number. I will have my upcoming holiday album "Fireplace Christmas Tunes" available for purchase at shows. Email to inquire about booking. Previous holiday shows I've played include private house parties, museums, coffeeshops, and vineyards.

Check out this link for an audio example of one of my Xmas rendition:

Setlist includes:
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Sleigh Ride
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Whtie Christmas
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Little Town of Bethlehem
Oh Holy Night
Silver Bells
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
We Three Kings
What Child Is This
First Noel
Silent Night

Monday, September 12, 2011

East Meets West with Sucess

Sometimes, the term "East Meets West" becomes cliche. Whenever I usually hear that term, I think of a high end expensive trendy Asian Fusion restuarant with excellent atmosphere, but mediocre food catered to yuppies or suburbanites. However, there are certain times when East meets West with sucess, and last weekend was one of them.

One of my songs (Midnight Serrenade) off my upcomming album, Guitar Gumbo, is an instrumental spanish/latin style song played with nylon string guitars. This past sunday on 9-11, I drove down to Alexandria to record Indian tabla tracks for Midnight Serrenade, and the tablas ended up sounding great and complementing the song very well. The tabla is such a dynamic percussion instrument that it was able to accentuate certain climaxes and dramatic turns in the song, as well as laying an infectious groove. I guess you'll have to really hear an mp3 to know what I'm taking about. I will defintely get an mp3 up once the song is done being recorded and mastered, but that will be a while.

Tabla is traditionally used for classical Indian music. However, I always thought that tabla goes hand in hand with latin music. I'm not the first one to have thought of this. Check out how these artist incorporate tabla playing in these latin/spanish themed songs:

"Seville" by Justin King

"Dos Parejas" by Pieces of East

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Studio Fun on Hurricane Day

If you live on the east coast, you know that Hurricane Irene will hit Maryland later tonite. So how did I spend today? While most people were out buying emergency supplies, boarding up windows, or hunkering down, I spent this morning and afternoon at the recording studio with a session drummer, recording tracks for my upcomming Xmas album due this year.

Yeah, I had booked this studio session a few weeks in advance, and the drummer and I were so excited to record, that were not gonna let some stupid hurricane get in our way!
What better way to get yourself in the holiday spirit and pumped to record Xmas songs, than in the hours right before a hurricane, when the rain is hitting the windows hard, the wind is blowing hard and you can hear the trees shake. Suprisingly, we positioned the mics so well that you can't hear any of the outdoors chaos in the recordings, and the drum tracks sound great. I guess a storm brewing outside really encourages you to play well :)

Of course, on the way to and from the studio, there was hardly any traffic on the highways as almost nobody was on the highways. Awesome. If you're a DC/Baltimore resident, you know that traffic around these metro areas are hellish. Unfortuantly, I saw someone got pulled over by the cops for I presume speeding. Gosh, can't the cops give this guy a break? He's probally just trying to do his emergency shopping and make it home before the hurricane.

You're probally wondering if I've done my emergency shopping yet? Nope, if the power goes out and I'm stuck in my home, all I need is my guitar. Just kidding, I already stocked up the previous night on water and canned foods.

Oh yeah, my gig tonite at Caribou Coffee is cancelled, due to, you guessed it right, the hurricane.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Eric Tessmer Band this weekend!!! (Aug 6th & 7th)

Do you live in Northern Virginia, and need a good dose of some of the best blues-rock ever this weekend?
Eric Tessmer is playing in Leesburg VA this weekend, both on sat and sun evening! He's an awesome blues guitarist touring up here from Austin, who shreds a lot like Stevie Ray Vaughan, he's the real deal, and one of the most badass guitarists I've ever seen live. Should definitely check him out if you like blues or SRV's music. I personally won't be able to make it, as I will be out of town this weekend, but YOU should be there. Here's examples of his playing  (playing more slowly and soulful)

He's playing at:
Downtown Saloon
7 N King St , Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 669-3090
Set: 8:00 PM
$10 cover

Sunday, July 24, 2011

What is Gangsta Folk Music?

About a month ago on June 25th 2011, I did an acoustic show with fellow acoustic musicians Josh Urban ( and Harris Face. I arrived at the venue, Cafe Bella located across from the 930 club, about 45min early to soundcheck and set-up my merch table. Upon arriving and meeting up with my friend Devin and his girlfriend Lauren, they both had a distraught look on their faces. I asked them what was up?

Devin told me he arrived at the venue 30min before I arrived. When he was walking to the venue, the streets were packed, as their was some sort of festival going on. As he settled in the venue and ordered some drinks, he heard "pop pop pop" noises. He thought maybe someone was firing off fireworks early as July 4th was around the corner. About 5 min later, he heard abulance sirens rushing over.

Curious, he peeked outside, and saw 5 people laying on the ground, blood gushing about, and everyone around was freaking out. Thankfully, the ambulance was there to take those victims to a nearby hospital. By the time I arrived at the venue, the streets were already cleared, the ambulances gone, the blood cleaned up, and I was totally oblivious as to what just happened outside the venue.

Later, I found out on the evening news, that there was a shootout between 2 gang members, and 5 people in the street just happened to be caught in the crossfire. This happened just right outside, literally an hour before my acoustic show was about to start. No wonder there wasn't a big turnout to that show that night. Due to these events, maybe I should start labeling my music as "Gangsta Folk" instead of "Fingerstyle Guitarist"?