Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mike Snowden "Cigar Box Guitar STOMP" Album

So I was on band camp today, found some cool gritty blues from a man named Mike Snowden. This album freakin rocks! If you love heavy slide blues and cigar box guitars this is the album for you. Mike gets it done on this album. Produced, engineered and mixed by Tom Tapley at The Projector Room in Decatur GA. Mike also builds and sells handmade cigar box guitar. 3 and 4 strings. So check his site out and his music here or take a listen below.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Open Mic in MD, VA, DC!

So if your thinking about playing open mic in Maryland or around the area, here is a schedule I got together for any locals who want to start playing out.

Monday!  Teavolve Cafe & Lounge 1401 Aliceanna St Baltimore, Maryland,
signup from 6-7, performances from 7-10pm
or Stan and Joes 37 West St. Annapolis MD 9pm.

Tuesday! Vinyl Lounge Open Mic at Gypsy Sally's 3401 K Street NW Washington DC 20007, 8-12pm

Wednesday! Either Iota Cafe 2832 Wilson Blvd. Arlington VA Two sign ups at 7:30pm and 10:00pm! Free
or Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge Ajar Open Mic night, FREE 9:30 pm

OK everyone I will have to do some more research to get more on here! Hope this helps!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Howie Newman's "When You're Happy" Album Review

This album is funny! Howie has a great voice and great music. All the musicians on this album are great. Howie's voice and music reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel a little bit. Very folky. These songs will literally make you laugh out loud. My favorite one is "Where is Everybody?" A song about promoters at coffee shops excuse's of why people aren't at the shows. Thats a freakin classic! I def know how that goes for sure! I love music that is upbeat and make the listener smile. Howie you def do that and thanks for brightening up my day:) Check out Howie's site here

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Zachary Lucky's "Everywhere A Man Can Be" Review

Everywhere A Man Can Be is a very good folk album by Zachary Lucky. This album is a chill folky album. The recording quality is excellent. I really love the banjo and drum in this record. They compliment Zachary's music well. Zachary's guitar picking sounds like a babbling brook running down a mountain. This is a traveling man's album! I really like it! Take a listen here on Soundcloud and please check out Zachary's site here

Monday, January 23, 2017

Georgia The Girl EP Review

Wow I like this! If you like Amy Winehouse you will really love Georgia & The Vintage Youth. The first track "The Girl" has a motown vibe to it, the second track "Ireland" is ska, the third and fourth tracks "My Guy and I" and "Remember Brick Lane" slow down to a R&B groove. Great new talent! Great voice! Please visit Georgia & The Vintage Youth's website to hear for yourself. I def recommend it.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Justin Johnson Plays Shovel Guitar!

My friend Mary Ellen introduced Justin Johnson's music to me when I posted about making a Cigar Box guitar. She was like "forget the cigar box guitar, make one out of a shovel like this guy." Then she posted the video and I was in Awe. This guys shreds some blues, thats no lie. So that is why I am posting this so you may see too. Thanks Mary Ellen!

He even has free online lessons here!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

So I found some kick ass blues yesterday!

I recently joined Cigar Box Nation and discovered a artist called Dogfinger. I will tell you Dogfinger is some straight up heavy blues. He plays on a cigar box guitar (electrified) Wooooo! You got to check his music out!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Michael Gurge's "Faceless Names"

I met Michael at Hempfest 2016 last year. He later sent me this song he and a past group recorded. This song is a modern day protest song. These guys are analog tape die-hards, which you can totally hear in this recording. This song reminds me of rock from the 60s and 70s, speaking of the political troubles of our times with a psychedelic spin. Great song!

- Movement One "Satan And The Politician"
- Movement Two "Confusion Of The Individual"
- Movement Three "The Solution"

Written And Arranged By Michael J. Gurge
Master Recording and mix down recording completed on Analog Tape

Performed By:
Michael J. Gurge - All Keyboards / Vocals "M2"
Michael R. Connely - Bass / Vocals "M1"
Chris Morrison - Guitar / Vocals "M3"
Robert Henderson - Drums
+All Harmony Vocals by "Gurge, Connely, Morrison"

* Thunderstorm during recording process provided by God.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


So I was surfing the net looking for a small kick drum when I stumbled across the Farmer Foot Drums page. Talk about some good quality kick drums! They got it going on when it comes to portable light weight percussion. So I go to bass drums videos on their website and come across Adam Gussow's music video. I loved it. As you all know I love the harp, fell in love with this video:) Check out Adam's site here .

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mark McKinney's new album "World in Between"

Mark McKinney's new album "World in Between" is scheduled to be released January 20, 2017 and is awwwwwwwwwwesome! You got to check this one out country fans! This album is very upbeat and positive! This album will have you singing along in no time. I love all the songs on the the album. Some of my favorites are 90 Miles, Bacon & Eggs, Rainy Day Money, Sunshine, Alright and Yours. To all the country music fans out there if you want some for real awesome music check out Mark McKinney's "World in Between."

The cigar box guitar is done!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Review of Leo Harmonay's album "The Blink of an Eye"

Great album! Love the hand written note. This album is a folk jammy album. Lots of Jammin. I really like the roots sound of this album. Sounds like it was recorded in the 60s which is a good thing! The back up vocals and the hand drums give it that roots feel. Please check this album out at Leo's website here!

Cigar box guitar

So I saw this you tube video and always wanted to make a cigar box guitar so here's what I got so far.

I ordered the strings and tuners from CB Gitty, they have not arrived yet but I will keep you posted on the progress of this project. They have everything you need to make or buy a cigar box guitar.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Review for Joe Goodkin's "Record of Loss" EP Release date February 10, 2017

I did not know what to think when I first received this EP. The press release had a quote by Anhedonic Headphones saying "Every time I've listened to Record of Life, I've started to cry." And I was like great another depressing album. But with Joe's "Record of Loss" that is not the case.

In this EP Joe sings about depressing situations but puts a positive spin on them. Good job Joe! Joe sounds like a good friend to have. Joe has very likable vocals that make the listener pay attention to the lyrics. The lyrics are great because they talk about real life situations, things people can relate to. In the press release there is talk about a possibility of this album being released on vinyl. I love vinyl records so my approach on that is GO FOR IT!!!! The production and sound quality of this EP is superb, so pressing it to vinyl would just make the song and EP quality as great as it could possibly get. Speaking of sound quality, besides Joe's voice the only instrument he uses in this EP is a 1963 Gibson ES-125T guitar. In some songs he uses up to 8 guitar tracks. Joe also plays with a unusual tuning of DADGAD. That's AWESOME! This album has a very mellow chill vibe with a very uplifting style. "Record of Loss" gives the listener hope. Great album Joe! This album will be released 2/10/17

For more details about the EP release party and purchasing the album please visit