12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Ocho-X
Some of you may remember Ocho-X when we were an electric rocking teenage combo. Now, as you can see, there are new faces, and we are an acoustic teenage combo, except, of course, for the bass player, who will retain his magnetic pick-ups. You will meet him, and the rest of the rocking teenage combo a little later in the show.
In the time between these two manifestations of Ocho-X, I’ve had the privilege of exposing these fine fellows to the rudiments of the original music you are about to hear, as well as having the time to think about the essence of these forms. I’ve found that each of these more or less minimalist movements, or songs, or studies, or whatever you might call them, are connected to each other, roughly related by the key signatures, which are predominately Em and A, the “guitar” keys, as I call them, and by my approach to rhythm, and by recurrent phrases or figures developed during the course of each piece. As such, you may think of this collection of instrumentals as a diatonic suite in the key of E, although we will visit the tonal centers of A, B, C#, Db, D, G, and F, from time to time.
The bulk of this material was composed during an intensely emotional period when, for a short time, I ensconced myself in the local mountains, at a place called First Water. There, away from the distractions of the world, this suite, for the most part, was created for your listening pleasure.
Having said this, I would like to say that this music is not intended to be aurally scrutinized, but rather, to be experienced by you in the most informal manner possible. In other words, we invite you to socialize while we play. I hope you will find that the decibel level will not preclude conversation.
Award-winning Delta slide blues guitarist.
An Americana group influenced by Buck Owens, Bruce Springsteen, The Blasters, The Clash, Motown, Stax, and Otis Redding.