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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tour

Haymakers are hitting the road today for our midwest fall tour.  Heading to Minneapolis, MN for a Wednesday night show at the 331 Club.  On Thursday, we'll be in Omaha at the Harney Street Tavern.  Friday, we'll be on familiar ground at Knucklehead's gospel lounge.  After driving back to Wichita in Saturday's wee hours, we'll be at the District Marketplace for a noonish show. 

Phew!


Friday, August 4, 2017

Octave

People ask about this instrument.  Generically, it's a guitar-bodied octave mandolin.  Specifically, it is one of Austin Clark's creations.  He lives and works in Boise, ID.  His mandolins have been featured as prizes for the mandolin contest at the Walnut Valley Festival the last several years.

I got interested in this style of instrument after watching videos of Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, John Mailander and others playing one.  Its sound is kind of like an acoustic guitar being run through a chorus pedal, but distinctly different than a twelve-string guitar.

I've had this instrument for less than two years.  It is tuned one octave below a regular mandolin, placing it a fifth higher than a mandocello and a fifth lower than a mandola.  It has the same range as a guitar tuned to standard and capoed at the third fret.

The scale is long enough that standard closed chord positions are sometimes impossible, but the nice bass and middle available from the open lower strings makes you wonder why you'd even try.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

BAK

Poster boy for Biking Across Kansas...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lakeside

Spending the most luxurious Walnut Valley Festival ever in this borrowed '81 Boler 13 ft trailer.

I'm spoiled.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Picks

Marketing swag: 1.0 mm rounded-triangle acetal picks.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Winfield

I've been attending the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield for over 30 years.

Here's the view from the dike on the east side of the fairgrounds on land rush morning.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

DeWayn

I first played music with Eric Nelson when he was a teenager.  We first played on Stage 5 together when he was 15.  It was so good to see the DeWayn Bros in such good form at String Break yesterday.