Thursday, July 26, 2012

Steel Guitar News July 26. 2012

Hello fellow players, Bob Hempker standing in for Bobbe Seymour again. First let me answer a question from Paul Vendemmia. Paul wanted me to explain tick-tack. Harold Bradley was the man that played on thousands of recording sessions in Nashville for years and he was the go to guy for tick tack. Also Leon Rhodes played a lot of tick tack on recordings and played tick tack on the Opry for 30 plus years. Jerry Byrd also played tick tack on many recordings. That’s how Jerry kept working when pedals came along. They quit using him in studios for steel guitar so he made his living playing acoustic rhythm or tick tack after the pedal sound become popular. Tick tack is a term used for playing a Danelectro baritone guitar through usually a Fender Princeton amp with the treble turned up. It’s played with a straight pick with a popping sound to it and is played duplicating the line of the bass. It is more effective with an acoustic upright bass than it is with an electric bass. This is somewhat the foundation of the old Nashville sound. If you want to play tick tack onstage, use the lower strings on your C6 neck. They’re more in the same register as the baritone guitar. Play in unison with the bass player. It makes the bass sound punchier, especially an upright bass, because an upright has a softer tone and doesn’t sustain as long as an electric bass. If I’m in a bigger band, I’ll play tick tack with the bass rather than just sit there and look around. You do have to use discretion because some songs sound better than other songs do with this. If you want to play tick tack in the studio, hire someone to play tick tack or if you have a Danelectro baritone guitar or can borrow one, overdub it yourself. Better yet, play it on the basic track with the rhythm section and overdub your steel. We got an interesting reply to the newsletter about C6th playing that we’d like to share with you. Here it is. Bob and Bobbe, As I watched the top tier players work their magic I noticed they play more on top of the guitar than with the pedals. Most of them started or studied deeply the C6 tuning. To me, the biggest difference between C6 and E9 is bar movement. Many E9 players quickly discover you can play all of the scales at one fret by using pedals. On C6 to play "Do, Re, Mi" minor, pentatonic, blues, dim, or any pretty much have to move the bar. In my own experience looking up all that stuff and jamming along with tracks and other players with interest in jazz or swing music only added to my E9 playing. That same bar movement that must be used on C6 adds wonderful, interesting, and mood grabbing tonal changes to E9. You can't get much of that punching pedals. Another point I notice in new players. Because the instrument is tuned in a chord (I guess) they often try to play chorded melodies, big triad slides, and other things that aren't related to the melody, but seem to be natural or easy on steel guitar. Chet Atkins once said "If my mother walked in, in the middle of an instrumental, I'd like for her to know what song I was playing." IMHO melody or the melodic echo of the vocal are the most essential thing any player can bring to the song. During a solo it reminds the audience of the song, during the vocal it drives in or hooks the lyric. Tom Brumley didn't play a line from Roley Poley after Buck sang "Together Again..." If a player can play melody, he can work any market. Another way to look at it is this: there are 88 keys on a piano, all the notes are there to play any chord or melody, old or new. If a pianist walks up to the piano and with two fists plays all the notes he can, most would agree thats not musical. Same for the steel. I try to find the notes I want to play and leave the rest out. I hope Bobbe gets to feeling well again. I had my spine fused in late April and while the afflicted area is fixed nothing else seems to be as it once was. I guess getting old isn't for sissies. Ron Carpenter I agree with everything that Ron has to say. We appreciate all the questions and feedback we get from everyone so keep them coming. It's your questions that determine the subjects we cover in this newsletter. Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money. Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

AARON LEWIS part of the FOX & Friends


New York, NY (July 26, 2012) – Aaron Lewis will be performing live from New York City as part of the FOX & Friends “All American Concert Series” on Friday, July 27th during the 8am (EDT) hour debuting music from his highly anticipated solo album, The Road.  The concert is open to the public (corner of 48th St and 6th Avenue) with free food offered all morning from Famous Dave’s BBQ.

This free live performance by Lewis is the 10th of the 14-week outdoor concert series held in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, directly outside the FOX News studios (48th & 6th).  Fans will be able to see the award-winning songwriter backed by his new country band performing his Blaster Records / Warner Music Nashville album, The Road.

Viewers will also be able to visit the FOX & Friends website at, which will feature post-performance coverage of Lewis’s appearance.

About Aaron Lewis:
Aaron Lewis’s 2011 debut solo release, Town Line, shot to #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart. His first solo single, “Country Boy” was certified Gold, earning him multiple CMA, ACM and CMT Music Award nominations; the video has been streamed over 15 million times to date. Lewis has recently been on the road – for the first time as a solo artist with a backing band – premiering songs from his forthcoming album, The Road, scheduled for release this Fall on Blaster Records via Warner Music Nashville. As the frontman for the multi-Platinum selling band Staind, Lewis is the songwriting and voice behind the most-played rock song of the past decade, “It’s Been Awhile,” in addition to three #1 hits and eight Top Ten singles. Lewis’s new single, “Endless Summer,” is currently climbing the country music charts.

For up-to-date information on Aaron Lewis, visit

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Interview with Shy Blakeman

Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. 

How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Shy Blakeman: I personally call it Blue Eyed Soul but most people my age don’t quite understand that concept. So to put it in terms they can, I say Country Soul. It has a strong Country foundation, with a heavy Blues, Soul, Gospel and Motown/Stax R&B influence. Basically I take all the different parts that made me fall in love with music and I put them together in the same puzzle.

Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Shy Blakeman: The last year has been a pretty intense one. I had to take an honest look at what I was doing and how I could do it better. With the help of my artist development team, Fame Wizard, I’ve re-vamped my entire philosophy on business, marketing and music. It’s been a long journey, but a welcome one. In the last year I have completely turned my career around for the better. Some of the highlights include watching my fan base grow by over 2000%, achieving airplay on Pandora Radio as a completely independent artist, opening for Bob Seger in front of 15,000 people and recording my very own Live at Billy Bob’s Texas album. Some other who have recorded their own Billy Bob’s albums were Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe, Gary Stewart and Michael Martin Murphey.

Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Shy Blakeman: My latest project before my Billy Bob’s album was „Long Distance Man“. What I feel is my truly definitive album. It was produced by my mentor Ted Russell Kamp. It was the album I’ve wanted to make all my life. The first time I stopped worrying about what people wanted and started worrying about what I wanted to communicate musically. While making this album I also had the pleasure of working with the most extraordinary musicians. Marc Ford, Audley Freed, Doug Pettibone, Kenny Vaughn, Jason Sutter, Gia Ciambotti, Michael Webb and Nick Nguyen all lent their talents to the project. We also made sure to make them all apart of the creative process. We ended up with what I feel is a very organic sound and something Ted and I could be proud of.
To be honest when I first released the Long Distance Man, it received very little radio play and got even less exposure. A whole year went buy and I had sold less than 100 copies. But I believed in the album so much that I was not willing to let it die. So I started giving it away for free. And as of to date over 15,000 people have heard the project. And that’s just the number that I know of. No telling who’s heard it on Pandora and who has passed the music to their friends.

Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?

Shy Blakeman: The title obviously came from the track Long Distance Man, but for me it meant much more. Many people in the music industry had counted me out as I took a 5 year break from performing and recording. It was my statement to them, that they couldn’t get rid of me that easy and that I was hear to stay whether they liked it or not.

Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Shy Blakeman: I’ve recorded 3 albums and 2 out of 3 I wrote myself. But after a long period of self reflection I realized that maybe my writing style did not match my performance style. When I perform I love to be energetic, I love to groove and have fun. My writing style is a bit more introspective and really more of an emotional outlet. I made the conscious decision to start looking for songs by other songwriters that matched the type of performer I wanted to be. I always look for songs that I can relate to and that may articulate my thoughts and feelings more eloquently than I could myself. I also search out unknown or forgotten songs from the past. Our music is an oral history of who we are as people and a culture. Part of our responsibility as musicians is to keep that history alive. To re-introduce songs and songwriters who have been lost to time and modern fads. A great song lasts forever, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is heard forever. Some people may consider covering songs like these a „Lower art form“. But I consider myself as sort of a musical historian.

Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Shy Blakeman: Long Distance Man is a very conceptual album. As I said before I wanted to create something that included all the reasons I fell in love with music. It’s a journey through American music itself. We included every influence that had a hand in forming what we today consider the Western musical legacy. From the Celtic folk that traveled across the sea which transformed itself into the indigenous sound of the Appalachians, later traveling to the low lands of Kentucky evolving into Bluegrass and Gospel, which inevitably gave rise to the Country & Western styles of Nashville and the Blues of Memphis. All culminating into Rock & Roll, Soul, R&B and Funk. Each song has a specific undertone and overtone that melds all these styles seamlessly together in the project. Not only do the words of each song tell a story, so does the music.

Lamitschka: What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Shy Blakeman: Maturity and confidence. I’ve spent too long trying to make music for the people and what I thought they wanted to hear, rather than making it for myself.

Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Shy Blakeman: Dragonfly (written by Matt Powell) is actually not being played on radio. It has been completely ignored. But my fans and listeners on social media absolutely LOVE the song. I feel everyone connects to this songs for the same reasons I do. The subject character of the song, the dragonfly, has found love with someone who has seen the beauty inside him. The dragonfly is a metaphor for us all. To be honest, the dragonfly is a very physically ugly looking creature. There is absolutely no reason why we should consider them beautiful. But we do, infact there is something intrinsically beautiful about the dragonfly. We as human beings are all the same way. We are very insecure about ourselves, both physically and emotionally. But we all know there is something deeply beautiful inside ourselves just waiting to be discovered. And we live our entire lives hoping that someday, someone will see that beauty.

Lamitschka: What will your next single be?

Shy Blakeman: As we are getting ready to release our new live album I won’t be releasing another song off of Long Distance Man. We also haven’t gotten far enough point in the process of the new album to decide on what will be the next single. So who is to say what the next single will be. I just hope people connect to it.

Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Shy Blakeman: Ones that make you tap your toe and deliver something a bit unexpected to the listener. Music is, was and always will be an experiment in sound, thought and emotion. I will never stop experimenting.

Lamitschka: You did a duet with Miranda Lambert on your first album „Downtown Women“. How did that happen to come about?

Shy Blakeman: We grew up close to each other and her family showed me the ropes of the independent music scene in Texas. I came along the words to this old Hank Williams tune „Last Night I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep“. At the time, there was no such thing as youtube and I searched for the music and the chords, but to no avail. So I wrote my own music to the lyrics and showed it to the Lamberts and they absolutely loved my rendition. So I asked Miranda if she would care to make it a duet. She agreed and the rest is history.

Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Shy Blakeman: Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance? By Rusty Wier. I have never heard anything in my entire life that has so completely encapsulated my hopes and dreams like his song did. If you listen to that song you’ll understand why I am in love with music.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Shy Blakeman: As of right now and hopefully forever, I retain 100% creative control. But that doesn’t mean I am not open to suggestions from much wiser musicians and artist than I.

Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Shy Blakeman: My father, Rusty Wier, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Preston, Johnny Cash, George Clinton and The Parlimental Funkadelics, Curtis Mayfield, Tony Joe White, The Rolling Stones, Hoyt Axton, Mac Davis, anything Motown & Stax.
My musical roots run fairly deep. At least 3 generations as far as I know. My grandmother played the dobro and my father and his brother are both vocalists.

Lamitschka: What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Shy Blakeman: I look at today’s music scene as I look at the Renaissance. It a brave new world of enlightenment, experimentation and re-discovery. And just like the Catholic church of the dark ages, the modern powers that be don’t know what to do with it as they cannot not control it. It’s a very good time to be a musician and artist.

Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Shy Blakeman: The pretentiousness of the music contisure. It’s music. Get over it.

Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Shy Blakeman: The business of it all. The deals, the relationships, the networking. Watching a concept sprout out of your mind and into reality. The performing, but most of all... The dreaming.

Lamitschka: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Shy Blakeman: I wish. Not at this point. We travel long and far between gigs. We barely have the time to eat and catch a quick shower.

Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Shy Blakeman: Free music

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