Archive for the Music Category

Two Dollar Christmas was Awesome!

Posted in Music on December 23, 2010 by bigsmokey

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!

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Two Dollar Christmas ! ! !

Posted in Music, Stuff on December 2, 2010 by bigsmokey

I love Christmas parties!  There I said it.  Especially if they are full of good music.  On Tuesday December 21st we are having the Christmas edition of Derek Hoke’s Two Dollar Tuesdays at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  Derek’s group, The Christmas Carol Channings will be backing most of the guests and playing Christmas Instrumentals.  There will be many great musical guests to ring in the Holidays such as Paul Burch, Jacob Jones, Melissa Mathes, Bradford Lee Folk, Scott Simontacchi, and Alex Caress.  As always it is a Two Dollar cover, Two Dollar Yazoo Beers and Two Dollar Hot Dogs.

New Old Sho Bud

Posted in Music on November 2, 2010 by bigsmokey

Well- I am back in the Pedal Steel Business.  After a year and a half long break from the Pedal Steel found I missed it way too much.  Well – I have a new Bud!  A 1973  Sho Bud 6139 single neck.  I am feeling a bit a rusty but really digging it.  I’ll be making my pedal steel return on Friday night, November 5th  with Derek Hoke at the Gram Parsons tribute at The Five Spot.  Hope to see y’all there and don’t forget to vote!

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Music Gear For Sale

Posted in Music, Stuff on October 2, 2010 by bigsmokey

For Sale:
I need to buy a pedal steel for a new musical project.  Sorry, I am not interested in trades at the moment unless it is toward a Pedal Steel.    For local pickups I am happy to negotiate the price.

Fender Banjo FB-58 Very Good Condition. Recent set up from Big Al’s Guitarworks in Nashville.  New Schaller Scruggs Tuners on Strings 2&3 (95$).  Only issue is that some one put a strap pin hole in the heel of the neck.  This can easily be filled.  New hardshell case (75$).  String 5 is spiked at 7, 9, 10 frets.
Comes with extra strings, wrench, Sliding 5th string capo (I took it off as I like the spikes better.),
and capo.   These list at $775 with a street price of $600.
$400 obo  Shipped and Paypal’d in the CONUS.


Michael Kelly F-Style Mandolin Legacy Plus
Very good Condition.  K&K Pickup. Gig Bag. Extra Strings.   Great Sounding Mando.  Lists at $900 street price $600.  Note:  There is a dark streak in the grain that runs the length of the neck which is only that.  It is not a crack.  48 hour inspection period to buyer for their satisfaction.
$400 obo Shipped and Paypal’d in the CONUS.

Danelectro 63 RI Baritone
Shoreline Gold. Excellent condition.  Never gigged. With Gig Bag and spare strings.
$300 obo Shipped and Paypal’d in the CONUS.

If you are interested in any of these please contact me:  bigsmokey AT bigsmokey DOT com …      Thanks!

September Schedule

Posted in Music, Stuff on September 2, 2010 by bigsmokey

Ohhh lotsa music!

  • Sept 2nd Thursday 9pm: 5spot with Derek Hoke.
  • Sept 3rd Friday 2-6pm: Robert’s Western World with DB Harris.
  • Sept 5th Sunday 9pm: Basement with Derek Hoke.
  • Sept 6th Monday 9pm: Mercy Lounge with Derek Hoke.
  • Sept 8th Wednesday 9pm: Family Wash with Derek Hoke.
  • Sept 9th Thursday 11pm: Basement with Jon Langford
  • Sept 10th Friday 5pm: AMA – BMI Showcase with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 11th Saturday 9pm: Smiths Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 12th Sunday 9pm: Work/Play, Birmingham, AL with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 14th Tuesday 9pm: 5spot with Derek Hoke.
  • Sept 17th Friday 2-6pm: Robert’s Western World with DB Harris.
  • Sept 18th Saturday: Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol TN with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 19th Sunday: Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol TN with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 21st Tuesday 9pm: 5spot with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 24th Friday 2-6pm: Robert’s Western World with DB Harris
  • Sept 25th Saturday 9pm: Private Party-East Nashville with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 26th Sunday 9pm: The Basement with Derek Hoke
  • Sept 28th Tuesday 9pm: 5spot with Derek Hoke

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Here are a few pictures of Derek and I playing a great gig up in Chicago with some of the blokes from one of our favorite bands, The Waco Brothers.

OK September, I smell awesomeness in the air…..

August Giggage:

Posted in Music, Stuff on August 6, 2010 by bigsmokey

Thursday August 5th: Roberts Western World, Nashville TN. 2-6pm with DB Harris
Friday August 6th: Roberts Western World, Nashville TN. 2-6pm with DB Harris
Sunday August 8th: Red Barn Round-Up, Nashville, TN. 5pm with Derek Hoke
Tuesday August 10th: 5 Spot, Nashville, TN. 9pm with Derek Hoke
Friday August 13th: Roberts Western World, Nashville TN. 2-6pm with DB Harris
Tuesday August 17th: 5 Spot, Nashville, TN. 9pm with Derek Hoke
Friday August 20th: Roberts Western World, Nashville TN. 2-6pm with DB Harris
Tuesday August 24th: 5 Spot, Nashville, TN. 9pm with Derek Hoke
Wednesday August 25th: Music City Roots, Nashville TN. 7pm with Derek Hoke. Tune in at 650AM WSM
Saturday August 28th: Bucktown Arts Festival, Chicago Il. 4pm with Derek Hoke
Tuesday August 31st: 5 Spot, Nashville, TN. 9pm with Derek Hoke

Nocturne Pre-Amp Pedals

Posted in Music, Stuff on August 6, 2010 by bigsmokey

I am proud to have an endorsement with Nocturne Pedals. Tavo Vego is making great handbuilt pre-amp pedals. I use his Dyno-Brain pre-amp and it is awesome. Its one of those pedals that you never want to turn off (and I never do!). Check out Nocturne pedals. It works especially great with my Gretsch 6120DS. It sparkles up the sound just a bit and adds a little punch, clarity and compression while remaining very transparent. It is also great with the telecaster.

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