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Hello & sorry for my protracted silence on The Groovespot! It seems that my lifestyle is more conducive of tweeting and Instagraming vs. actual blogging...but I'm going to try to be more regular. Keep me to it! :^)

Life has been incredibly cool and a bit hairy at the same time, if I'm completely candid. It's an interesting and amazing season.

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In this "update to the Big Update", I just wanted to follow up on what some of you have already caught wind of through Facebook & Twitter.

The short version: my present season of being the main bassist for Lincoln Brewster will be coming to a close on June 23 as I play my final date with the band...

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Here I am on the last day of 2011, typing away and having difficulty grasping how the past year flew by so quickly (I acknowledge that it's somewhat cliché to say that, but I'm discovering that the cliché exists because it's TRUE!). Yikes.

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It’s been a great past few days for me, with two clinics in Southern California and lots of hangtime with my amazing family.

It’s also been slightly strange, because this weekend also marked the beginning of a new season for me.

Let me explain.

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I'm absolutely elated to announce the official launch of the NEW website today!

In celebration, we're offering 25% OFF all purchases in the store through Friday, April 29!

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Extreme apologies for my lag...it's been a hectic season! I'll be doing some retrospective...

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Ok...so you probably wouldn't be able to tell by looking at me, but I had been exercising regularly since February. Nothing crazy, just taking along some "Perfect Push-ups" and a resistance band with me when I go on the road...trying to be consistent and hitting it every other day.

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As promised, here is the 4th and final installment of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger. In this episode, Bob Gallien takes us through their shipping operation (with a quick stop in his own personal office) - this is where your favorite piece of GK gear came from!

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Here is the 3rd installment (final one coming soon!) of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger...

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"Low Notes for Nashville" is a bunch of bassists helping out flood-stricken bassists in Nashville. I hope you'll drop by their site (www.lownotesfornashville.org) and do what you can to help.

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As promised, here's the next installment (part 2 of 4) of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger. In this episode, Bob Gallien discusses his design approach for his amps & speaker cabinets and more!

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Last week while in Sacramento working with Lincoln and the guys on the next CD, I was crushed to receive a call that a truly amazing friend of mine in Florida was killed in a car accident earlier that day.

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Happy 2010! I hope this finds each of you well.

Here's the first installment (part 1 of 4) of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger. I've been a GK artist since 2004 and continue to absolutely love their gear. In upcoming installments, Bob Gallien discusses his design approach for his amps and speaker cabinets, takes us down the assembly line for his renowned RB series bass amps, walks us through his shipping operation and more. Enjoy!

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One of the most hilarious videos ever...particularly for any of you who've done any session work.

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On a recent road trip with Linc, I flew a completely separate itinerary from the rest of the band (they all live in Northern Cal, I'm about an hour flight south). When I landed, I took a hotel shuttle to the St. Louis Airport Hilton. Turns out we were actually staying at the St. Louis Airport Hilton Garden Inn.

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There are a few challenges dealing with a life that involves lots of travel ("missing my family" being at the top of the list), but there are a few perks...and near the top of the list is eating great food from different parts of the U.S. and abroad.

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One of my favorite aspects of my musical life is getting the opportunity to interact and occasionally collaborate with some of the people who've been my musical heroes over the years. Even cooler is that many of these people have also become friends.

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Upon returning from the NY session back in May, I was slammed between a road trip with Lincoln and trying to recuperate from the nasty cold I caught. It just occurred to me that I consequently spaced out on blogging about the Patitucci session! :^)

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About a week ago, I got pulled (almost kicking and screaming) into Facebook and Twitter. And am embarrassed to say that I can kinda see what people like about them so much. :^)

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Just coming up for air to let you know that I'm in NY for an extremely exciting session tomorrow for the upcoming project. More on that once we're done & the tracks are in the bag!

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