Friday, September 29, 2017

Singer-Songwriter David Wilcox Plays His 1996 Olson SJ





David Wilcox is a master song-writer and storyteller.  Although he mainly tours with his signature Rainsong Jumbo guitar, he has a long-time love and appreciation for guitars made by James Olson.   This is a great story.

David's website is www.davidwilcox.com.

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and great stories, still amaze me . . . ><>

Tommy Emmanuel Talks Maton Guitars with Tony Polecastro





Tony Polecastro is one of the internet's best guitar teachers.  Several years ago he did this interview with Tommy Emmanuel about his Maton Guitars, which are Tommy's long-time favorite concert guitars.  Maybe there is something to say about loyalty to a brand?

Tony is not with the Acoustic Letter anymore, but there are tons of videos on their sites with various acoustic guitar comparisons and run downs.

Tommy's webpage is www.tommyemmanuel.com.

Tony's webpage is www.tonypolecastro.com.

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace and my favorite guitar (Martin J-40) still amaze me . . . .,.><>

Monday, September 18, 2017

Would you life to share share about your favorite musical instrument?

What is your favorite guitar or other musical instrument?  Please let me know.  I'd like to interview you about your relationship with your favorite instrument.

I am interested in talking with, and getting to know, everyday people who make music.  That's the kind of person I am.  I'm an everyday kind of guy, and I love to sing and play guitar for everyday people. 

Although I have too many guitars, several ukes, a couple of old banjo's, a bunch of harmonicas and several Native American flutes, I am interested in stories about other instruments as well.  I have it in my mind that this blog will probably feature more stories about guitars and singer-songwriters.  However, I am open to stories about people and their love for other instruments.  So, if you play the accordion, piano, pennywhistle, drums . . . or can crack your knuckles in time to music . . . I want to hear your story.

All inquiries from interested, or from the curious as well, can be sent to revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, any my musical instruments, still amaze me ><>

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jason Mraz - Rocket Man




I was driving back from a hospital call when I heard Jason Mraz's singing Elton John's Rocket Man."   Traffic was heavy so I couldn't make a paper and pen note to add this video to my blog.  I had my digital recorder  . . . but didn't need it.  I haven't gotten this song out of my head (size 8 by-the-way) all afternoon.

Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to go to Jason's website.

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and great remakes of long time classics, always amaze me!  ><>

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill



I believe that Ed Sheeran has definitely established himself as one of our new and upcoming singer-songwriters.  Gifted is too restrained of a world to define his talent. I enjoy listening to him sing and play.  His passion for what he does is evident.

Ed has a long relationship with Martin Guitar, and has designed several Martin travel guitars.  All of the proceeds for these guitars (Eds share) have gone to a hospital charity in England which Ed has supported for some time.

For more info on Ed's signature Martin guitar (3rd edition) CLICK HERE.

I enjoy listening to his song, Castle on the Hill, when I hear it on the Coffee House channel on Sirius XM radio.

Enjoy!

BTW . . . CLICK HERE to go to Ed's internet homepage.

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and passion for music, still amazes me greatly!

Rachelle Plas - HOHNER Masters of the Harmonica





Why don't we venture over and talk about harmonica players.  I have a bunch of harmonicas.  I was given an entire collection by a friend.  They belonged to her father and she wanted to give them to someone who would appreciate them as much as her dad did.  She knew that I played harmonica "behind closed doors / solo that no one could hear me" every now and then.  I have a couple Golden Melodies.  In the collection were about a half-dozen unused harps.  I was a happy man that day.  Still am.

I enjoy playing harmonica, but I enjoy singing more.  I have tried the Bob Dylan / Neil Young thing of trying to play guitar and play the harmonica at the same time.  No success so far.  Truth be told, I can't even walk a straight line sober anymore.  I do love to hear the harmonica being played, especially southern style blues/rock.

Rachelle Pass is one of my favorite harmonica players.  Her energy on stage high-octaine.  In this video, she shares about her favorite instrument, the harmonica.

If you have a favorite harmonica, guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and favorite musical instruments, amaze me greatly!  ><>

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Glen Hansard talks about his well-worn Takamine Guitar



There is little doubt that the most famous guitar in the world, or at least the most famous Martin guitar, is Willie Nelson's guitar, "Trigger."

Another famous guitar is Glen Hansard's Takamine guitar, which he has played so much, on a daily basis, that it is even more worn than "Trigger" is.

The relationships certain performers form with their favorite instruments is truly fascinating to me.

Please enjoy the video!

BTW - CLICK HERE to go to Glens website!

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and favorite insturments, amaze me greatly! ><>

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Enjoying Satellite Radio . . .

One of the benefits of driving a somewhat newer pickup truck, in my humble opinion, is the Satellite Radio feature.  For some time I've been enjoying the Coffe House channel on Sirius Radio (Channel 14). 

The Coffee House Channel features acoustic artists in a solo settings, and often features them putting their musical spin on classic hits from the past.

Since I am and olf folkie and acoustic rocker at heart, one can understand how I enjoy listening to the Coffee House Channel.  The quality of music is wonderful, and I've learned a thing or two to try when I sing and play for area senior adults.

Give this channel a try.

God's grace, and new singer songwriters, continue to amaze me ... ><>

Friday, September 8, 2017

Vince Gill's Guitar Collection

I'd like to share a YouTube video of Vince Gill talking about his guitar collection.   Vince has more than earned his share of fame and fortune.  He does communicate well his love for guirars, and that his motivation for collecting them is not driven by making money off of them.  A refreshing perspecctive.

I can only imagine what it was like to loose 100-150 guitars in the great Nashville flood several years back.  He puts that into perspective as well.

God's grace, and the love people have for their musical instruments, still amazes me . . . ><>

Martin J-40 Acoustic

I have written before about my fondness for Martin Guitars.  I have two Taylor's and I also have two Guild Jumbo's.  But the two guitars I play most often are my Martin J-40 and a D-18 Retro.

When I perform at nursing homes and rehab centers, I am often performing in the community cafeteria or dining room.  Most often, I do not have access to a sound system.  So I do what I do best . . . I project.  I'm a big guy and I have big lungs.  I'm a preacher for crying out loud.  If anyone knows how to project . . . it's a preacher, right!

I needed a gutiar with volume and tone to match.  My Guild Jumbo's do just fine, but they were not giving me the Martin sound that always brings a smile to my face and a joy to my ear and heart.  I knew one day, I would see if acquiring a J-40 would work out.

I've only played two J-40's before coming to own the one I have.  The first was a J-40 owned by a guitar playing friend, Floyd Marshall.  I had never seen or heard of a Martin J-40 before.  After playing Floyd's J-40 during an afternoon jam session at Floyd's house, I befan to wonder why guitar stores didn't often stock them.

The other J-40 in my life was the one owned and played by my late adopted big brother, Joe Laughlin.   He played mostly fingerstyle, and enjoyed playing Travis style on his J-40.  In the picture of Joe (in the right column of this blog page) you will see that he is playing his J-40.  It is probably well over 20+ years old.  When in tune and with good strings, I remember that it sounded magnificent.  I played it last before I packed it up for Joe's wife, Riva, after Joe died.  I haven't seen or played it since.  I think there has been something missing in my life as a result.

It's my dream to acquire Joe's J-40 some day.  Perhaps that time is not far off.  Perhaps it will never happen.  Who's to know?  But I know it would mean the world to me to play something Joe created some wonderful music with.

Martin calls the J-40 a jumbo dreadnaught, but it's not as big as my Guild Jumbo's.  It is very close in size to my Taylor GS.  It's actually a 0000 Martin scale body design.  Mine is naturally loud, but it's also very clear tonally.  The highs, mids and low are very balanced and clear.  I use medium guage phosphor-bronze strings (Martin Lifespan SP's) and Dunlop nylon picks (.73mm).

I love the boominess and bass drive of my Martin D-18. It's a absolutely great guitar.  But all in all, it's my humble opinion that the Martin J-40 is the best all-around guitar that Martin manufactures.  You will notice I am holding and playing my J-40 in the picture at the top of this blog page.  Some will not like a J-40 due to its size. It's not a small guitar.  But for the singer-songwriter in a solo situation, I think it's a guitar that can't be beat.

What is your favorite guitar or other instrument?  Please let me know.  I'd like to interview you about your relationship with your favorite instrument.

CLICK HERE to check out the J-40 on the Martin Guitar website.

God's grace, any my guitars, still amaze me ><>

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Willie Nelson and His Famous Guitar: The Tale of Trigger

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Yeah, I'm back . . . and it's time for the music to begin again!

For the past 5 years, I've been dealing with thyroid cancer, moving to a new church as pastor, the death of my "big brother" Joe Laughlin, and the recent death of my mother, Ann Hudson.

Oh . . . and my new grandson, Brazos, was born this past March!

During this time, I pretty much lost the desire to write, and moreso, I lost my purpose of why I write.  I've been very busy . . . and my focus was honestly on other things.

Last week, I receieve the "all clear" from my oncologist following my 5th annual thyroid cancer scan.  I'm done.  It's over.   I will miss the staff at my oncologist's office very much.  There last words to me were . . . "go live again!"

During these past 5 years, I've been more mentally and emotionally focused on having cancer than I was aware of.  It had an effect on me.  I wasn't singing as much, and I haven't written much about what I love most . . . sharing about people and their relationships with their musical instruments.

Well, I'm back . . . and so is Rick's Song Bag.  One of my daughters is helping me set things back up, which will include another possible name change and for sure a move from Blogger to WordPress.

I will keep everyone informed.

For now . . . if you have a suggestion about a blog article featuring some individual, known or unknown, who enjoys playing their favorite musical instruments, then please forward that info to me at revrickmang@gmail.com.

Oh, the email address will probably change as well.

Back to the music!   This feels so good and so right.

Back to the music!