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Hot Fiction – If I Had A Girl
Chrissie O’Dell & One Hot Mess – Found Me A Man
Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights
Walter Trout – Wrapped Up In The Blues
Mitch Laddie Interview and:
Mitch Laddie – Here’s A Drink
Mitch Laddie – Get Ya Back
Mitch Laddie – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
Mitch Laddie – Miss Supernatural
Mitch Laddie & Walter Trout – Rock Me Baby
Muddy Waters – You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had
Sean Costello – I’ve Got To Ride
Coco Robicheaux – Crossroads
JP Blues Band – At A Cost
Hereldeduke – Helm Blues
Cyndi Lauper – Just Your Fool
Hillstomp – Darker the Night
Sean Costello – Anytime You Want
Tom Principato – In the Middle Of The Night
Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love?
Gary Clark Jr. – Don’t Owe You A Thang
Sean Costello – Big Road Blues
Eric Steckel – It’s Tax Deductible
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Mitch Laddie has just turned 20 but is already established as one of the UK’s best young blues artists. He has already played with Walter Trout and will be supporting Walter on his UK and European tour in October and November. I saw Mitch open for WT Feaster at Hartlepool in the summer and was highly impressed.
Mitch is coming into the studio during tonight’s show (6-8pm UK time: http://www.bishopfm.com). We’ll be playing tracks from Mitch’s album ‘This Time Around’ and talking about his forthcoming tour with Walter Trout, other gigs, guitars, influences and more.
For the second in my random series of guitars made by local musicians, here’s a Telecaster just finished by Bad Bob Bates (of The Bandits and Oil City Connection). Bob, as you can tell from the band name, is a big Wilko Johnson and Dr. Feelgood fan. He also is a big fan of Telecasters and of making his own guitars. (I’ve featured here a black Telecaster he previously built).
“I didn’t go the whole hog on a Wilko duplicate, just a nod towards it really. Call it a tribute in the spirit of!
Firstly, only about 20 years wear rather than 46 or so! Also, a black and red ‘guard rather than the full on blood red one! I need to do some more work on the hardware – mostly just bits I had lying around.
The body is a Fender one – alder. A sort of silk rather than gloss finish apart from the bit where the forearm would have kept it a bit glossy. Nitro finish over the top, but pretty thin. I used jewellery sanding sponges for the arm wear. The body scuffs and dents were done on rocks sitting in my back garden. They give a good dirty dent where they break through, but most are just dents like in the real world. The neck is a WD one I think – bit of nitro on it, wire wool, bit of soil rubbed on the back and little else. The neck came with tuners already attached and I’ve just left em for now as they’re split post klusons and I like those. Stuck on a butterfly string tree.
I’ve got a neck pickup from a recent Highway 1 tele on there and a seymour duncan vintage stack on the bridge. Kept the wiring standard with standard pots and stuff.
It sounds pretty authentic and if it works out it’ll see most of its work in Oil City Connection. Looks better in real life, as long as you don’t look at the mess made sticking the tuners on!“
I hope to see this guitar up close and personal real soon and I’ll let you know if it looks as good as it does in these pictures.
The interviews I did with the 4 artists exhibiting at Spirit Of The Place were broadcast last night (Tuesday) as part of BishopFM‘s Culture Show. If you’re interested, you can download them here.
My brother and I had a wonderful grandmother. She bought me my first stereo system (A radiogram actually, but it was all mine and I used it to destruction.)
When I was outgrowing my £8 Woolworths guitar with a neck like 2×4 and strings of hawser cable, I dropped a few hints and before very long she bought me an acoustic guitar from Bruce Moore’s in Hartlepool. My memory fails me a little but it might have been for my 17th birthday (1970) or 18th (1971).
It was a Framus guitar – in fact it was this Framus guitar, which I found recently on ebay. I foolishly sold my Framus a few years after I got it, and I don’t even know why I sold it, or who I sold it to. But I saw this on ebay last month (I often torture myself by looking for Framus acoustics on ebay) and just knew it was my guitar. Don’t ask me how, I just knew it. I had previously scoured the Framus site to find a picture of my guitar and there wasn’t one there – I had never seen a picture or seen another guitar like it.
So when I saw this, I just knew it was mine – I recognised every screw, every blemish and I even recognise the label. I can decipher the date code (1970) but I can’t decipher the model number.
But I just knew it was mine and I wanted it so bad. Then to add to my turmoil, the guy selling it lives in Darlington – 10 miles away from me. I got in touch and asked how he came across the guitar and asked if I could come and see it. I didn’t get a reply. I then made an offer of less than half of the asking price (don’t know what I would have done if he had accepted as I had no money!) He responded with an offer twice as much. So it was out of my reach due to finances. I agonised for ages and ages about it and then did a little investigation. It seems he had bought it a month previously on ebay for less than £60, from somebody in the south of England. So he was out to make a quick profit – which he did when it was sold for just less than his asking price.
I eventually got over the fact that I could have had a chance to get my old guitar back. Although I thought it was a wonderful guitar when I had it, I’ve know idea how it would sound or feel now. There’s reviews online of other Framus acoustics of this age saying that they’re so over built (lots of timber in the struts, etc.) that they don’t sound particularly good. I wouldn’t have cared, of course, if I’d been able to buy it again.
It’s OK, I’m over it now. I’ve had to sell so many guitars that I’ve loved just to get money to survive that I’m almost used to it. But it hurts every time.
There are quite a few folks up here in the North East of England that like tinkering with guitars. Some do it as a business but many more do it as a hobby. I’ll be featuring a few of these hobbyist guitars over the next few weeks.
Here’s what the builder of this guitar had to say:
“I made the body from a school laboratory worktop, and the scratchplate is from a rusty sky (Satellite Television) dish. The pickups are Gibson ceramics from my Explorer and the headstock is a striped Mahogany veneer. The body is 1 3/4 inches thick, and it sustains for England. At the moment the electrics are configured just like standard Gibson – 2 vol, 2 tone, 3-way. Left to right they are –
And you CAN get SKY Sports on it.
Oh, and the 2 little metal blisters are Prison Service Principal Officer Epaulette pips. They have no function, but plenty of ????????? to them“
I’m guessing it’ll be quite a heavy beast, but should sound pretty good too because of the combination of the mahogany body and the humbuckers.
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Show broadcast Sunday 19th September on 105.9 BishopFM
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Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child
Don Ray Band – A Woman Becomes The Blues
The Blue Bishops – Blues Stand In Line
Lynne Jordan – If I Can’t Sell It
Jimmy Barnes – Young Blood
Triad – New Home
Triad – Blues Is Changing
Triad – Rosco’s Rhythm
Triad – Rockin’ With Ronnie
Samuel Stiles – Lonesome Road
Jimi Hendrix – Hoochie Coochie Man
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Don’t Change
The Spikedrivers – Baby Born
Tim Bluhm – Spooked Cat Blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Pride & Joy
Eric Lindell – Lucky Lucky
Santana – I Ain’t Superstitious
Jimi Hendrix – Catfish Blues
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Tommy’s Midnight Blues
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