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Some exciting news about the new CD project, including the announcement of drum phenom and overall great guy Gregg Bissonette being featured on 4 tunes!

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A belated Merry Christmas & Happy '09, my friends...

And huge apologies for my lag in posting here.

The good news is that it's been largely due to trying to spend every spare moment working on my next solo CD (yeah...sorry...it's still the "Pondering Follow-Up"...will try to have a proper name for it soon!). I'm elated to say that much progress has been made! More about that in a sec.

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My profuse apologies for the delayed post...I've been absolutely swamped! I had intended to post occasionally from the recent tour in support of Lincoln Brewster's newly released "Today Is The Day" project, but by the time I was able to come up for air, it was over! :^) HUGE thanks to all of you who made it out to the concerts and clinics. It was exceedingly cool meeting so many of you during the tour.

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We were honored to play at the Southern California Harvest Crusade on August 16…what an incredible experience.

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Rushing to get ready for our recent gig at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (which was actually an amazing evening...more to come in a separate post), I jammed my thumb across the teeth of a packing tape dispenser, and watched the blood start to flow...much to my chagrin. The saving grace was that the gig that night wasn't going to involve any slapping.

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In this latest video blog, I got a chance to share a few thoughts about my favorite bass amplification gear. I've been an enthusiastic Gallien-Krueger user for the past 4 years, and continue to LOVE it.

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WOW!

My family and I have been on a long-overdue vacation in Hawaii for the past week, and it's been absolutely incredible. As some of you know, I spent five years of my childhood living in Hawaii Kai on southeastern Oahu...so it's always a particular treat for me to be able to make it back here.

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I visited with Michael Tobias a few months ago at his shop in Kingston, New York (yes, it's the same "Kingston" for which "Autumn in Kingston" on my Pondering the Sushi project was named). Michael was kind enough to give us a rare glimpse into the operation where he builds what I (and countless others) consider the finest basses in the world.

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I've been receiving mp3's every day or two from Lincoln as he proceeds with mixing the new project, and have been sending my feedback & comments up his way. The upcoming Lincoln Brewster project ("Today Is The Day") will hit the stores on September 23, but there's a pre-release special being offered now at www.lincolnbrewster.com!

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On June 6, I returned from a 4-day writing retreat in San Diego, working on material for the follow-up to my "Pondering the Sushi" CD. It was a really productive time, and I emerged with the basic framework for 9 songs written. There's still quite a bit of preproduction work left to do in terms of actually tracking the tunes, but the time spent was invaluable nonetheless.

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Here's the second of three video blogs compiled from my recent hang with bass builder extraordinaire Michael Tobias!

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I'm on my flight home from Sacramento after the final trip up here to Linc's studio to work on the new album ("Today Is The Day"). As of completion of our work last night (well...2:30 this morning, technically), it has been just over a total of 36 days spent up here in Northern California since work on this project began back in the fall (only about 3 of those days were spent tracking bass, with the vast majority being serving as a sounding board/creative consultant/punch-in'er-and-out'er/extra set of ears).

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In the green room before our concert in Albany, NY, on April 13, 2008, I had a chance to sit down and talk shop with renowned luthier and overall good guy Michael Tobias.

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Did a clinic last night in Castle Rock, CO (approximately 1 hour drive from Denver), and had a blast with the approximately 20 people who came (including Dennis, all the way from Nebraska, 4-5 hours away!). The smaller group allowed for a cozier vibe, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves. Big thanks to Jeff Holcomb and The Rock in Castle Rock for hosting the clinic!

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Fun story surrounding a Lincoln Brewster concert in Springfield, Missouri, back in early February (way back in the days before this blog!).

Bad weather in the midwest diverted the band’s flights to St. Louis. After spending the evening in St. Louis, we drove 3.5 hours to Springfield…only to discover that none of the gear (which was scheduled to arrive directly from Dallas ahead of the band) had shown. A run to the local Guitar Center salvaged the gig, as both Lincoln and I played the concert on instruments literally right off the shelf.

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The timing of starting my blog coincided with a week of getting slammed with rehearsals and lots of playing for Good Friday and Easter services at my home church here in Orange County...thanks for your grace! I'll try to blog more regularly once I get going.

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