Guitar briefcase

This briefcase is made from a real acoustic guitar. I think I’d prefer it with a carrying handle on top as well as a strap but it is still Patent Pending, so they may make some changes.
They have lots of other music instrument related furniture too.

The funkiest furniture

New Blues Show 20 playlist and download

Broadcast Sunday March 21st 2010

Download here or stream using the doobrie below.

Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers – Big Blues Party
Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows – Polk Salad Annie
Bill Stewart – Sittin’ On Top of The World
Cephas and Wiggins – Action Man
Savoy Brown – Shake It All Night
Lil’ Ian Goodsman – Key To The Highway
Bob Dylan – 32-20 Blues
Electrofied – Bad Case Of The Blues
Chris Cook – Lover Lover
BluesDogs – Before You Leave
The Amazing Kappa – Burning Out
Moreland & Arbuckle – Hate To See You Go
L.R. Phoenix & Mr. Mo’ Hell – Red Haired Girl
Bill Stewart – Who Do You Think You Are?
Lowell George – I Can’t Stand The Rain
Junior Wells – Give Me One Good Reason
Sonny Landreth – True Blue
Mark Easton – Killing Time
Joe Bonamassa – Night Life
Mick Fleetwood Blues Band– Love That Burns
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Falling Down Blues
Fred Neil – Yonder Comes The Blues
Moreland & Arbuckle – The Legend of John Henry
Jim Kweskin Jug Band – Memphis
Tommy Castro – Gotta Serve Somebody
Vivian Campbell – Come On In My Kitchen
Grayson Capps – I Can’t Hear You

I’ve had some work done

Last Sunday afternoon I did my first gig for over 4 months at Scoobyfest (a great day, we raised almost £6oo for the Great North Air Ambulance)
Paul of Star Shots took some very good photos. This picture not only shows Paul’s consummate skill with a camera but highlights too his high level Photoshop expertise. I love the way he’s been able to add all of those bags, wrinkles, blemishes and grey hairs to make me look like a real blues singer. 

New Blues Show 19 playlist and download

Broadcast March 14th 2010 on BishopFM 105.9

New Blues 19 part 1 download here or stream below

New Blues 19 part 2 download here or stream below
B.B. King – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Eric Bibb – Booker’s Guitar
Bukka White – Jitterbug Swing
Kelly Richey – Trouble In Mind
Aaron Williams and The Hoodoo – Hotel or Motel
Harry Manx – Moon Goin’ Down
Gwyn Ashton – Junior Got A Blade
Eric Bibb – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
The Fireman – Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
Rick Pisano – It Comes And It Goes
Billy Jones – Bluez Comes Callin
Harry Manx – Walking Ghost Blues
The Interzone Agents – Crawling Kingsnake
Gwyn Ashton – Cross Road Blues
John Scofield – Motherless Child
Ed Maly – Happy Blues
Eric Bibb – Sunrise Blues
Garrett Mason – Grapple Hold
Dave Gross – Inspiration Blues
Gwyn Ashton – Outside Woman Blues
Mike Zito – Holding Out For Love
Greg Trooper – Nobody In The Whole Wide World
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – Big Railroad Blues
Eric Bibb – With My Maker I Am One
Caren Armstrong – Enlightenment Blues
Eden Brent – Darkness On The Delta
Barrence Whitfield – Music Keeps Rolling On
Ian Douglas – Anxious

Santa Cruz Guitars

When I bought the Marlin acoustic guitar that I still own (about 36 years ago), I got a friend of mine to play it in the guitar shop (Hamilton’s of Middlesbrough) whilst I walked as far across the shop as I could. The owner of the shop asked me what I was doing. I told her that I wanted to know what the guitar sounded like to a listener when it was being played. She said she’d never had anybody do that before, but I said it made perfect sense to me, unless you only ever intended to play for your own amusement.

On the Santa Cruz guitars page for this good looking guitar, it says:
“Be sure to have it played at you for your most accurate evaluation.”
It makes perfect sense to me. 

There are some fine looking guitars here and going only on a combination of looks and description, I’d go for this one designed particularly for finger-picking – but I’d want to have it played at me of course.

Mustache Crayons – must have some of these!


These must be added to my small but growing collection of ‘tashabilia (Actually, I don’t have anything!)

Makers Market: Mustache Crayons Set of Four


“These mustaches can be used to create a colorful masterpiece or as a quick, vibrant disguise!
They are made from Crayola crayons so they are non toxic and have the most vibrant hues.
Each crayon is the equivalent of about 5 regular sized crayons. Each measures 3 1/4″ long by 1 1/4″ wide.
Mustache crayon 4-packs come in primary color (red, yellow, blue, black) and secondary color (orange, green, purple, brown) sets.
Mustache crayons are loved by both children and adults”