"But music was his life, it was not his livelihood, and it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good. And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang; it just made him whole." - Harry Chapin - chorus of "Mr. Tanner."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jorma Kaukonen and Ruthie Foster - Long Time Gone

A great cover of Long Time Gone by Jorma Kaukonen and Ruthie Foster.   Jorma is 70 years old and can still growl out a great acoustic guitar lead.  Ruthie's vocal are just as great as well!

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Another favorite from the 70's - Dave Mason-We Just Disagree

Dave Mason playing a 12-string on the video of one of his performances on The Midnight Special program back in the 1970's.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Saturday, February 14, 2015

More Acoustic favorites - James Taylor - "Sweet Baby James"

OK OK OK!   I got nailed, I know it . . . how does one start listing favorite acoustic guitar songs without mentioning James Taylor.  

Hope this gets me off the hook.  More James Taylor to come!

Happy Valentine's Day!

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Friday, February 13, 2015

I just ordered a couple of sets . . .

I've heard about these new Martin Retro series guitar strings, after reading an article about Tony Rice and his preference for Monel (nickel) wrapped guitar strings.  I was grazing around on the Martin site trying to get more info and came across this video. 

I ordered several sets of the Tony Rice Signature version of these strings, since they are medium's and that's the gauge I play on my Martin D-18, J-40, and my Taylor GS Custom built.   I will let you know what I experience in the next couple of weeks.  I'll be recording a music video with some friends in the next few months as part of a volunteer project for the folks at the Hugworks Children's Network.  I will need some time to figure out if these strings sound OK acoustically, and when plugged in to an amp or PA.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This is so sweet . . . . Laurence Juber - "Stormy Weather"

This is so sweet!    Laurence Juber playing stormy weather.  

Please enjoy . . . I have each time I have listened to this.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Michael Martin Murphey - Texas Morning

And yet still another acoustic favorite from the 70's.

Originally written and recorded by B. W. Stevenson in 1972, this 1980's version, sung on an Austin City Limits program by Michael Martin Murphey, is my favorite

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Rocky Moutain High - John Denver

Another acoustic favorite from the 70's.

Call me weird, call me strange, call me a teen from the 70's . . . but this is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

Released in October of 1972 (if my memory serves me correct), this is a recording of John singing the song in 1994 at a concert in Australia.   He shared in an interview once that this song took him over 9 months to write.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, February 9, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Neil Young - Old Man & Heart of Gold

Another acoustic favorite from the 70's.  Neil Young singing Old Man and Heart of Gold.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Crosby Stills Nash - Southern Cross

Vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars.  Chills running down my spine.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Jim Croce - I Got a Name

Another acoustic guitar favorite from the 1970's.   Jim and Murray both died too young.

Rick ><>

Friday, February 6, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - Loggins and Messina - Danny's Song

Another favorite from the 1970's.  My oh my, but it was fun to own and play and acoustic guitar back then.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Acoustic Favorite from the 70's - David Loggins - Please Come To Boston

A great song by David Loggins.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, February 2, 2015

R.I.P. - Steve Weisberg

Well, I am a day late and a dollar short.   I just found out that guitarist and songwriter Steve Weisberg lost his battle to cancer in May of 2014.

If you are a John Denver fan, then you will remember that Steve was John's lead guitar player from 1973 to around 1977.  He was a brilliant acoustic lead guitar player, and multi-instrumentalist.

Guitar players like Steve Weisberg, John Somers, and the late Red O'Shea and the late Terry Clements were my first guitar heroes.  And my brother, Joe Laughlin.

God's grace, and good guitar players, still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A first . . .

I was singing at an area nursing home this afternoon.  A big resident get-together celebrating everyone with a "January" birthday.

Cake, balloons, punch and streamers  . . . . and me!

This bunch likes Elvis . . . so I sing "Burning Love" . . . and I'm in a groove.  I'm giving it all I've got!

People are singing with me on the chorus . . .

One lady is moving her feet around like she was dancing . . .

People are clapping their hands . . . people are nodding their heads . . . people are tapping their feet . . .

We finish up . . . people applaud . . . and I'm feeling good.  I mean, I'm feeling an Andy Griffith kind of "goooooooooooooooooddddddd!

That's when a lady from the back yells out . . . "TAKE IT OFF!"

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Monday, January 19, 2015

A needed and most welcomed new addition to our family . . .

Well, hello there to another new year!

My wife and I decided that starting the year with a new furry friend would be something good to do. 

After looking at, and talking with, several area dog rescue groups, we decided to work with Caroline Edgmon at DFW Collie Rescue.  After a month of conversations and applications, we came home this last Saturday with Murray, an 8 year old Scottish/Farm Collie.  

He's a looker, isn't he?

Sweet as can be, and glad to have his new forever home.  

Adopting an older dog was not our first idea.  However, as we looked at various rescue group web sites, we were constantly remarking that there were so many older dogs.  And there were.  Murray was the first dog we visited with when we drove out to DFW Collie Rescue for the first time.  It was pretty much love at first site.  

I fell in love with him, and he fell in love with my wife!   

Hmmm, that might me a good title for a new song!  Anyway, he sure likes the women folk!

More to come on the adventures of Murray.  More to come about singing, guitars, equipment and various adventures that are coming my and our way in 2015.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>