Haven’t posted in a long time. About a year and a half ago I realized that my career as a guitar player, though very fulfilling, was not a financially sustainable career choice. I went back to the wine industry where I have several years of managerial experience. Now I am playing country lead guitar andContinue reading “Summer -TwoThousandFourteen.”
Author Archives: Grant McEachern Johnson
Jazzmasters in Country…
Jazzmasters in country! It suprises me that there are not more Jazzmaster players in classic country. To me it seems a natural. Spanky bridge pickup tones, stratty middle, fat bell-like neck pickup… And the dark jazzy rhythm circuit…. There are a few though. Willie Nelson played one for a while in the sixties. Luther PerkinsContinue reading “Jazzmasters in Country…”
The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster
Well! The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster is finished and I put it through its paces last weekend down on Lower Broadway. I had my telecaster as backup in case it didn’t perform. I am happy to say I played all four hours on the Jazzmaster. I played it through my 1970 Fender Deluxe Reverb, with aContinue reading “The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster”
The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster So Far….
I have owned many great guitars in my life, but I have never owned a Fender Jazzmaster… Being a fan of Pops Staples, The Ventures, Luther Perkins, J Mascis, Willie Nelson (!) and Nils Cline I have always been drawn to their modernistic look and versatility…. I sold a couple guitars this year and IContinue reading “The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster So Far….”
It’s True! Sho Bud Made Banjos…
I was missing my trusty old Fender Banjo which I sold last year to get into my dream Pedal Steel Guitar, a Sho Bud LDG “Loyd Green Model”. Coincidentally, I have been interested in building a Sho Bud instruments collection. Though they are best known for pedal steels, they also made resophonics (Sho Bro), acousticContinue reading “It’s True! Sho Bud Made Banjos…”
Lately I have had the pleasure of playing Pedal Steel and Baritone Guitar with Sunday Valley on select dates. These guys are killer.
Knut Bell – En tidløs stemme.
As far as I am concerned there is one great voice of traditional country music in the Pacific Northwest. That voice belongs to Knut Bell. I first met Knut in 2003 and was struck by how much we had in common: Both of us are very proud of our Northwest Scandinavian heritage. Both us grewContinue reading “Knut Bell – En tidløs stemme.”
HOKE WEEK ! ! !
I love me some Derek Hoke! In fact one would have to be a real jerk not to love his jaunty blend of old school countrypolitan and indie pop goodness. Call it Americana if you wish. I call it super awesome! In Nashville this week you have three chances to witness the musical majesty ofContinue reading “HOKE WEEK ! ! !”
New Derek Hoke Video & Live on WSM 650 AM
Cool stuff from the Derek Hoke camp this week. First is the release of his new video for “The Finer Things”. Directed by the very talented James Weems. Also, we are going to appear on The Americana Carnival live show on WSM 650AM (home of The Grand Old Opry) this Sunday Evening January 16th atContinue reading “New Derek Hoke Video & Live on WSM 650 AM”
Two Dollar Christmas was Awesome!
Sorry if you missed it! In case you wish to vicariously partake in the fun, here is an audio file of most of the evening from the 5 SPOT website. Download or listen here. Merry Christmas Y’all!