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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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JULY GOODNESS:

Posted in Music, Skateboards, Stuff on July 8, 2010 by bigsmokey

Good Stuff for July:
Two Dollar Tuesdays! Derek Hoke hosts Two Dollar Tuesdays at The 5Spot here in East Nashville. Two dollar cover, two dollar Yazoo Beer, Two Dollar Hot Dogs, great music from Derek and cool acts that he picks out. Tuesdays are awesome again!

Motorhome!
Nashville’s newest awesomely unholy hybrid of Metal and Country makes its debut at Foobar on Saturday July 10th. Rock to the latest crossover craze MOTORHOME!

DB Harris & The Men of Action continue their residency at Robert’s Western World every Friday Afternoon from 2-6pm. Come on down for some excellent classic country covers as well as great originals guaranteed to make you dance or cry in your beer, or both!

Alright July, keep being AWESOME.

Hey! Here’s My June Giggage Calendar:

Posted in Music on June 3, 2010 by bigsmokey

June 4th Friday 2-6pm: Roberts Western World with DB Harris -Nashville, TN

June 5th Saturday 10pm: Robert’s Western World with The East Nashville All-Stars -Nashville, TN

June 10th Thursday 10am-2pm: Roberts Western World with Dave Cox -Nashville, TN

June 11th Friday 10am-2pm: Roberts Western World with Dave Cox -Nashville, TN

June 11th Friday 2-6pm: Roberts Western World with DB Harris -Nashville, TN

June 11th Friday 9pm: Station Inn with Derek Hoke -Nashville, TN

June 12th Saturday 9pm: Machiavelli’s with Derek Hoke -Bristol, VA

June 16th Wednesday 2-6pm: Roberts Western World with David Graham -Nashville, TN

June 18th Friday 2-6pm: Roberts Western World with DB Harris -Nashville, TN

June 19th Saturday 9pm: Family Wash with Derek Hoke -East Nashville, TN

June 20th Sunday 2pm: Private Function with The Johnson Family Singers -Waynesboro, VA

June 24th Thursday 9pm: 12 South Taproom with Derek Hoke -Nashville, TN

June 25th Friday 2-6pm: Roberts Western World with DB Harris -Nashville, TN

June 29th Tuesday 8pm: 5 Spot with Derek Hoke – East Nashville, TN

June 30th Wednesday 2-6pm: Roberts Western World with David Graham -Nashville, TN

Free Big Smokey Download for May 2010: Giddy’up

Posted in Music on May 26, 2010 by bigsmokey

This is my attempt at Telecaster Country-Shred, recorded in 2005. Not really my style. But fun none-the-less. Happy listening!
Download Giddy’up here.

Austin Texas ! ! !

Posted in Music on May 11, 2010 by bigsmokey

I just returned from a short run out to Austin. Great shows, great people, and great food! We played at The Continental Club, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, a big private dance at The Saengerunde Halle in Downtown Austin, and we finished up at Gruene Hall. Here are some pics from Saengerunde Halle and Greune Hall:

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May Performance Schedule-

Posted in Music on April 30, 2010 by bigsmokey

Tuesday May 4th 8pm- 5 Spot- East Nashville, TN- Derek Hoke
Thursday May 6th – Continental Club- Austin, TX- DB Harris
Friday May 7th- Ginny’s Little Longhorn- Austin, TX- DB Harris
Saturday May 8th- Private Party- Austin, TX- DB Harris
Sunday May 9th 3pm Gruene Hall- Gruene TX- Db Harris
Tuesday May 11th 9pm Bailey’s- Nashville, TN- David Graham
Friday May 14th 2pm Robert’s Western World- Nashville, TN- DB Harris
Tuesday May 18th 9pm Bailey’s- Nashville, TN- David Graham
Wednesday May 19th 2pm Robert’s Western World- Nashville, TN- David Graham
Friday May 21st 2pm- Robert’s Western World- Nashville, TN- DB Harris
Saturday May 22nd 5 Spot- East Nashville, TN- Derek Hoke
Tuesday May 25th 9pm Bailey’s- Nashville, TN- David Graham
Friday May 28th 2pm Robert’s Western World- Nashville, TN- DB Harris
Friday May 28th 9pm Matty’s Alley- Nashville, TN- Derek Hoke

Free Big Smokey Music Download

Posted in Music on April 21, 2010 by bigsmokey

Occasionally I am going to post free downloads from my older instrumentals.  This first one is a bouncy country-rock instrumental called Sky Valley Rag, produced in 2004.  It reminds me of spring.  It was used in a feature length indie movie called Elizabeth Gunness. I used to play pedal steel as my second instrument behind guitar. When I moved to Nashville I sold my Pedal Steel as I was working so hard just to keep up on guitar. So this is an artifact of my Seattle playing days when being an OK pedal steel guitarist was good enough. I do like the melody of this song…
Download Sky Valley Rag here.

Here is a pic of said Pedal Steel Guitar. An old beat up Sho Bud Pro II Custom.