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27
Nov

Artist of the Month: Punch Brothers

I've been a huge fan of Nickel Creek for a long time now, so anything any of the members of that group do, I pay attention to. When Chris Thile came out with his solo album "The Deceiver", I couldn't get enough of it. He seems to have this unbelievably rare ability to pull influence from so many differen...

27
Nov

Playing for Pay or Artistic Exploration?

I was talking the other day with a guy I play music with, and we were talking about where we'd like to go musically together. We played a couple of CD's we were into at the time. I was listening to Chris Thile's solo project "Deceiver", he was really digging Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky".

27
Nov

Creative Roadblock #2: Reputation

I think most of us work hard on our reputation. Whether as musicians, artists, business people, parents or whatever we care about. For example, it's really important for me to have a reputation for making ridiculously high quality guitar straps, gig bags, etc. It's also important to me that our customer service reflects...

27
Nov

A Note of Thanks

I think there's little doubt that one of the most satisfying things about doing this work is when a customer writes a note of thanks. The following is a note I recently received:

"Brian, I just received my order and I would like to say "thank you"!!! I have a Baker guitar built by Ed Roman G...

27
Nov

The Power of Two. Derek Trucks and Susan...

Friday I had the opportunity to catch Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi play a show in KC.  This was the first time I've had the chance to catch either of them live.  Of course, being a guitar player myself, I've followed Derek for some time, and he did not disappoint. His lines are so fluid, his phrasing is so ...

27
Nov

Tone Nirvana: Fact or Fiction.

Musicians can debate which band or which guitar player/drummer/bassist is the greatest of all time, but the one thing we can all agree on is the universal quest for perfect tone. Of course that means something different for everyone, but all of us can relate to the quest. After many years of playing, and searching, I be...

27
Nov

Creative Roadblock #1: Perfectionism

I’m the classic youngest child, type B personality, very laid back. I’m not driven to climb any ladders, or conquer any mountains. But I am driven. What drives me is the desire to create great work, that stands on it’s own. When it comes to creating great work, whether that’s designing a new strap, or songwriting, or executing a phenomenally improvised solo, I...

27
Nov

Philosophy 201: Why I'll never make a Ha...

I feel compelled to write this post only because several people have suggested I would make a killing making teen pop star themed guitar straps. My initial response usually includes maniacal laughter, but then I feel bad and try to compose myself. The topic gives me an opportunity to let you know who I am and where I’m coming from.

26
Nov

Philosophy 101: Why I'll never buy Guita...

Are you asking what this has to do with the creative process?  Well, before we get into that stuff, I thought I’d give some context to where I’m coming from.  A couple of years ago, I took the fam down to Texas for the Christmas holiday.  On Christmas morning my teenage nephews were eyeballing an o...

26
Nov

Tell me again why I need to start a blog...

It's a question I've asked myself more times than "Why will Justin Bieber make more money in one month than fusion guitar great Scott Henderson will in his entire career?" Or "Why does this stupid tuner say I'm in perfect tune, when I'm clearly not?" And maybe the most mystifying question of all..."Why did God not stop the human suffering when the world was given "Wake me up befo...

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