Guy Tomme of Delescluse Custom Guitar and Violin presenting Ted with the first Prototype of the official Ted The Fiddler Firecracker model custom Acoustic/Electric 5 String Fiddle... Violin if you prefer, although there's more beer spilled on a Fiddle.
Ted is finally working on some new recordings. Stay tuned...
Getting ready to play up above Quakertown tonight at the Wagon Wheel with the Shabby Roads band. Friends who met at my Open Mic on Sunday Nights. Very proud of these guys and the Progress they've made. Plus I get to be the Lead Guitar on Fiddle instead of the Guitar. I love it when I'm the damn star of the show!
But really! I have no Ego Problems. Really I don't! It'll be the Biggest Crowd ever to attend and Eagles Kick Off Party! Huge! It's gonna be Huge! Now.... where's that Orange Hair Spray?
Sunday Night I'll be hosting the Chaplin's Open Mic. Sign up is at 7pm. We start playing music around 7:30pm. Thursday Night is the Monthly Bluegrass Jam at Chaplin's. It's pretty laid back and starts at 7pm. $3 to keep the lights on. This Saturday I'll be sitting in with The Shabby Roads band. These are folks who met and started playing together after coming to my Sunday Night Open Mic's so I think that's pretty cool! We'll be up at the Big Daddy's Wagon Wheel just above Quakertown. If you need more information. Look these things up. Google them. I have to get going over to Chaplin's... Onward!
One of the more important life lessons I can pass on, and brought home once again now as I was washing the dishes and the Sun came pouring through the morning windows is, Dim Lighting. Subdued lighting hides lots of faults and makes for a happier Ted.
It's tough to come up with anything meaningful or light hearted with the headlines these past few days. Weeks really... I'm going to keep on keeping on. We have the Bluegrass Jam at Chaplin's this week and the Fitzwater Ole Time Jam Wed. And the Mighty Manatees have been keeping me busy even if I forget to update my website calendar with everything. And the Cinasea Film Collectors gathering is also fast approaching! So things are Happening even if I don't always remember to mention them here...
Right after fiddler Benny Martin passed away John Hartford said to me, "It's like I'm on the battlefield and my closest friends are dropping all around me..."
Boy I know. I lost two musician friends this past week that I was very fond of. Fiddler and Jam Newsletter editor Ed Pollak and Jim Reitnour Singer Guitar player Band Leader of JR Country.
JR gave me some of my first fiddling jobs and I was just getting reacquainted with Ed "Doc" Pollak who kept us all posted on the local Bluegrass and Ole Timey music scene with his regular newsletters and jam list postings. They will both be greatly missed by myself especially... Onward!
All the more reason to give that other Musician and Friend you know a kind word and a hug!
I try not to complain about the rain too much because I remember a couple of summers around here with Drought conditions and seeing a dump truck full of dead cattle riding down Rt 422 and bouncing up and out of the truck as they hit a section of concrete that had buckled in the intense heat. So we'll try to carry on in spite of these rainy weekends.