Blues Book: Big Mama Thorton

Here’s an interesting Biography by Michael Spörke. His new book “Big Mama Thornton. The Life and Music.”, the first biography about Big Mama Thornton, will shortly be available. It can be pre-ordered via the publisher (see the link below). http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-7759-3 When Michael was researching his book he contacted me & we spoke about Big Mama […] Read more »

Traveling abroad with guitars containing rare woods

Travel Abroad with Your Instrument May Require CITES Certification The AFM and its longtime government relations partners met in late April with US Fish and Wildlife (USFW) administrators to discuss public promotion of government guidelines relating to the international transport of musical instruments containing parts of federally designated endangered species materials and/or rare woods such […] Read more »

Johnny “Hammond” Smith Project

My old Boss & Pal Johnny “Hammond” Smith is still cookin’! Johnny’s widow Cheryl Smith is in the process of releasing some of Johnny’s music that hadn’t been previously released. Cheryl has organized a Kickstarter project. It’s a great way to support a worthwhile cause & get some groovin’ Johnny Hammond sounds! Check it out […] Read more »

Remembering Johnny “Hammond” Smith

For those Hammond Organ Buffs out there, here’s an update regarding my old boss & friend Johnny “Hammond” Smith.  Since Johnny’s passing in 1997, his recorded music has grown in popularity with many contemporary artists. His Widow (Cheryl Smith) has launched a popular Facebook page & is currently organizing unreleased original music that Johnny wrote. […] Read more »

Dan is “Slightly Stoopid!”

“Top of The World”  Slightly Stoopid’s  new album was recently released. Congrats to the fellas on well deserved success. One of my Students Kyle McDonald is a founding member of this popular group. Believe it or not they had me (AKA “Papa Dan”) add a few licks to the new release! (listen for some bluesy […] Read more »

Amplifying your Arch-Top by Dan Papaila

It’s hard to beat the tonal warmth of a good arch-top! The way they feel & resonate on the stage helps to strengthen the connection between player & instrument. But arch-tops are challenging instruments to amplify. Here’s the scoop from my experience of playing arch-tops for the last 40 + years. The amps I’ve listed […] Read more »