Saturday, October 29, 2011

Duane Allman

40 years ago today Duane passed on.  Thanks for the music, Duane.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Visit Hubpages for More of My Articles

I have been doing a fair amount of writing on in the last few weeks. If you would like to read a few of them, here our the links:

Iconic Guitars in Rock History Part 2 - Rory Gallagher's 1961 Fender Stratocaster 
Freddie Gruber - Drummer and Teaching Master  
Cliff Gallup - Legendary Guitarist with Gene Vincent  
Mountain - Heavy Metal Pioneers 
Duane Eddy - King of the Twang Guitar 
Jim Weider - Guitarist with The Band and Levon Helm
Iconic Guitars in History Part 1 - Duane Allman and Peter Green 
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Early Blues and Rock Music Pioneer 

Hubpages does not get picked up in Google as quickly as this blog, but I prefer the ease of Hubpages. Please let me know if like any of them or found them interesting.  Any visits are appreciated!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cindy Cashdollar - Virtuoso Pedal Steel, Dobro Player

I love the sound a pedal-steel guitar and dobro. I have never attempted to play either, despite being able to get at least some sound from any instrument with strings.  One of the best today is Cindy Cashdollar, now based in Austin, Texas.  Cindy's pedal steel and dobro skills have her in much demand in the music business, as evident with her work with many of the leading artists in  music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrison Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, and Dave Alvin.

Cindy was born and raised in Woodstock, New York where she perfected her skills by performing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Rick Danko of The Band, others. What a great way to start your career and pay your dues. Imagine sitting in with Levon and Rick, two legends of rock music. Cindy went on the road for eight years with the band Asleep At The Wheel, which netted her five Grammy awards. She has continued to work with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and The Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, Redd Volkaert, Ryan Adams, among many others.

In 2004 she toured as a member of Ryan Adam’s band The Cardinals. She also recorded the CD Cold Roses with Adams.In 2006, she toured with Van Morrison, who was touring to promote his Pay the Devil release and is also a  member of Dave Alvin's 2009 project, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women.

Cindy appears frequently on Garrison Keillor's live radio program,  A Prairie Home Companion and also works as a teacher. Cindy gives workshops and has produced four instructional DVDs distributed by Homespun Tapes. Her debut CD, Slide Show, featured guest artists such as Marcia Ball, Steve James, Mike Auldridge, and Sonny Landreth. Any song recorded with Sonny has to be good, as he is the master of the slide guitar.

Cindy was inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame on March 12, 2011during the Texas Steel Guitar Association's weekend of concerts, seminars, and awards. Cindy is the first female to be inducted, and dedicated the honor to Marian Hall, whom she cited as "truly one of the greats and one of the first female pioneers of the instrument".

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Visit my Hubpage Page!

This past weekend I discovered Hubpages, a web site that makes writing and posting much easier. The content on these pages are different than here, for the most part, as Hubpages does not allow duplicate postings. I found that out fairly quickly! This forces me to come up with new content. I am not a prolific blogger, as anyone who visits this site on a regular basis has probably noticed. However, with winter on its way, I usually find more time to write. Lately,I have been finding more inspiration, as well. Not sure why - it just kicks in.

A few of the topics I have put up on Hubpages are an article on Freddie King, Cliff Gallup, Freddie Gruber, who passed away yesterday, and a sort of repeat about my discovery of surf music while just a young kid. Here is my site. Please stop by from time to time, as the content there will be different from this blog. I have now put more pressure on myself to write on a more regular basis!