I think I might have mentioned that I got a new guitar from National late last year. It’s basically an M-2 baritone with a few custom features—no fingerboard inlay (athough it has side dots), a solid peghead with the coolest inlay I’ve ever seen on a guitar (MacGregor Gaines is a world-class artist; you heard it here), a custom neck profile that feels a lot like my Gibson Jumbo, and an unusual mandolin-like cover plate that they only made a couple of for guitars. The thing simply roars—it’s the loudest guitar I own, even louder than my ’29 Triolian. You can hear it on Artists in Resonance Volume II available from National Resophonic. I flatpicked a duet with myself on that album using the baritone and my Style 1 tricone.
I’ll be back in Mankato, Minnesota on February 11 at the Bothy Folk Club at 7:30 PM. The Bothy holds their concerts at the Eagles Club, 702 North Riverfront Drive in Mankato. My old pals The Blind Moose Review will be doing the opening set, so it should be big fun. Mankato, as I’m sure most of you know, was the original target of the James/Younger gang’s infamous Northfield raid, but there was some kind of big shindig going on in town that day so they went to Northfield instead and we know what happened there. Let’s make Saturday the 11th a big shindig, too, just in case someone else is planning something.
It’s good to know that my mailing list Yahoo group is growing. I got this letter today:
I have just become the 100th member of your webclub, or whatever it is called. This is so exciting! Do I get a free prize? Is this like eating the billionth hamburger at McDonalds? Do I get my picture taken with Angelina Jolie? What about the babes, the free carwash, the big lint brush? Can I get Frequent Flyer miles? What about free baby-sitting, car insurance and extended warranties on eyeglasses and guitar amps? God, I can see this is going to be fun. I’ll try to be patient, but it’s not easy. Wow, I can hardly believe it—I’M NUMBER 100! I’m going to cry!!!!! —Jay Peterson
I don’t use it any more, but it was a good tool while it lasted.
For all my southern California friends, I will be returning to Boulevard Music in Culver City, California on January 21st, 2006. Showtime is 8 PM. It’ll be a split night with Paul Asbell. I’ve not met Paul before, but I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with him; he has a great reputation. Boulevard Music is located at 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. Call (310) 398-2583 for more info. See you there!
I’d like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays.
This has been quite a year. I hardly know where to begin. I’m just home from a lovely trip to the Northeast where I had some gigs. I got to spend some time with some great friends, too, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, Martin Grosswendt (and his charming twin daughters), Steve Moscov, Mary Faith Rhodes (of John Pearse Strings), Jackson Buck and a few others. I played gigs with Paul Geremia (Johnny D’s in Boston), Peter Lang (Godfrey Daniel’s in Bethlehem, Pa.) , and Doug Yeomans (The Sportsman’s Bar in Buffalo) on this tour in addition to some solo concerts. One highlight is always the Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. I was on that stage for the first time some 33 years ago, and they’re still going strong! Did a couple of house concerts, too, one at Sally and Howie’s in Connecticut and the other at Jimmy Nikora’s place in Madison, on the way home. I love doing house concerts. No PA, no fuss, no muss. The drive was great, too, thanks in no small measure to my trusty iPod. I got to spend a few hours with my friend Fred Oster at Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia. I’m afraid I drooled all over his collection. Man, the guitars that guy has! It’s not nice to covet, but I did get a good case of the guitar lust while I was there. While I was on tour the Winter 2006 issue of SingOut! came out. There’s a very nice article about me in there written by Jerry Clark, one of my oldest and closest friends. Pick up a copy if you can. The article is full of all kinds of useless information. Seriously, it’s great to be featured in this venerable publication and I’m really honored. more…