Posted in Music, Stuff on May 9, 2011 by bigsmokey

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 of Derek Hoke and his group (Steve Latanation- Drums, Ed Adkins – Bass, Big Smokey -Guitar (yours truly)).

Tuesday Night May 10th –  5-Spot -East Nashville.

Wednesday Night May 11th -Foobar -East Nashville.

Friday Night May 13th -Foobar -East Nashville.

Your ears will thank you!!

New Derek Hoke Video & Live on WSM 650 AM

Posted in Music, Stuff on January 12, 2011 by bigsmokey

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 at 6pm-8pm.  Please tune in, or if you are in Nashville come on downtown as it is taped live from Roberts Western World (my favorite Honky Tonk!).  And as an added bonus we will be playing Derek’s originals and many classic country covers from 8-10pm.  Its no charge to get in the door but please be nice when we pass the tip bucket around!



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!

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!

Buckaroo #1 & #2

Posted in Skateboards on September 5, 2010 by bigsmokey

Just finished a new longboard. The Buckaroo #2. Its already sold, kind of. I am giving the customer a choice of buying the Buckaroo #2 or The Buckeroo #1 at a deep discount. These are great garage bombers and all around hill carving boards. Contact me if you want me to make you one…

The photo above shows the slight design differences between the boards. They both are right around 40″ long and a bit under 10″ wide. #1 (left) has a shorter wheelbase, and a slight kick tail making it a bit more nimble and versatile. #2 has a longer wheelbase making it a bit more stable at higher speeds… Both are concave with a slight upturned nose for responsive front truck turning.