October is here and the weather in Nashville has been perfect with cool evenings, crisp mornings and very comfortable afternoon temps in the mid-70s...autumn's in the air. We've been doing loads of gardening on the weekends, taking advantage of the good weather and low humidity, the yard ablaze with colourful flowers.
The live show a couple of weeks ago at The Station Inn with Eric Brace and Peter Cooper was great...a packed house. Sadly, Lloyd Green had to miss the gig due to his knee. He'd been holding off replacement surgery until after this show, but a few days prior to the gig it simply gave out. The fellow who saved the day was an old friend of ours, Steve Fishell, a great steel player and record producer. Steve played in Emmylou Harris' Hot Band for 10 years and is one of the most highly regarded players of the instrument. But filling Lloyd Green's shoes takes more than just talent, it requires gumption and Steve stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.
You may recall from my last up-date that I was getting ready to sell some great guitars that I simply no longer play. I've had quite a few responses and inquiries since that posting, old friends and fans from the Neil Diamond days as well as folks who have followed me with Mark Knopfler. At last the first two are listed on the Gruhn Guitar website and they are priced to sell. The link to the listing is: www.gruhn.com/catalog/ez.htm and the item numbers are:EZ5085 and EZ5086. One guitar is an Ovation solid body electric in mint condition that I purchased while playing with Neil Diamond. The other is very rare from the early 1950s made by Kay under the brand name Kamico, an early solid body guitar with a hard-wired cord, the original case and the operating instructions that came with it. Check them out if you're interested at the link above...complete with photos.
I've been listening to a brilliant new album by The Wrights called Red and Yellow, Blue and Green. It gets a daily spinning around here, great songs, singing, playing and grooves. Their website is: www.thewrightsmusic.com If you have a minute, get over to their site and give them a listen, they're worthy of your time.