Dear Friends -
I'd like to begin by wishing you all the very best during these extremely troubling times.
At the outset of the pandemic I was guessing we'd be locked down for three months or so at worst. Boy was that wishful thinking! So here we are in the new normal, which includes an uncertain future and probably financial devastation and/or sickness and/or death for so many. And at a time when we need to pull together, not just as a country but worldwide (and not only because of the pandemic, but to deal with climate change), we see the opposite.
Having said that, we all still need to find joy in the life we have. Penny & I have been having fun practicing and playing music with each other. In addition to our nightly duo rehearsals, we've also been working on our jazz chops (on various instruments). Ever since I retired from my day gig I've been trying to fill in the holes in my musical knowledge as well as in my technique and what I've discovered is that some of those holes are pretty deep -- lots of work to do!
And we're of course still recording. We've just put this new Western Swing (ish) tune on our website called "Slidin' 'Round". It's my first attempt at a pedal steel guitar instrumental and it's dedicated to the pedal steel players we were fortunate enough to work with back in the 70's including Whitney Eisenwinter, Mark Erlewine, Billy Marshall, John Ely, and (much more recently) the incredible Bobby Black. You guys put these sounds into my head and I'm forever grateful!
Stay safe and vote early!!!