“Hooked,” our new tribute to ….

“Hooked,” our new tribute to Sting, Stevie Nicks, and Pat Benatar, is about to book some more dates; I’ll try to post when we’re playing.

Here’s a snippet of our first show we did a couple month’s ago:
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Converting An Old Supraphonic Snare with Powder Coating


I know I’m going to get some “interesting” input over this “vintage” snare… B/O Badge, probably early 70’s, picked up for a song badly corroded, so I decided to experiment… Can you tell which football teams I’m a fan of?

Had this done at a local (but large) shop in West Palm Beach (Tolliver’s). In one pic you can see the board I mounted the lugs on… $80 and a couple weeks to a month turnaround. It was an experiment, and I would give them more guidance next time. They bead blast the shell and parts, then bake on a coating. There’s a couple small bubbles on the bearing edge but I didn’t bother to sand it.

I picked up a power coated supra (shell only) for parts a few years back… which gave me the idea. I’ve seen a couple but none with the lugs and rims, though. Time will tell how long the coating with withstand rim shots….







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Moving Farther Into the Audio Visual Field

I don’t talk about it much here, but while playing music is love, my main bread and butter is corporate audio/visual, and I’ve wound up doing more and more installations of sound systems. It’s a great fit with my computer/networking background, since the line is rapidly blurring between the two fields (at least, as far as connectivity goes).

I can set up a medium size venue running 32 channels or more of sound, multiple speaker arrays, monitors (both floor and in-ear), with main deck at the front-of-house (out in the audience) with as little as ONE (1) piece of Cat5 cable, instead of a thick, bulky snake. And I can transmit full HD video from the same location using a single thin piece of coax, or fiber.

New affordable digital mixing boards and powered arrays can reproduce arena-quality sound at a fraction of the cost previously required. (And a fraction of the weight!).

I’ll have more information to follow but I wanted to update my blog since I’ll be addressing some of the nuts and bolts of incorporating this technology here…

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Got some more Sabian APX cymbals but haven’t had a chance to record them yet… here’s the 24″ I’ve had for a while.

I started out playing Paiste cymbals, but back then (and even now) they have a reputation for breaking.  I couldn’t afford ’em.  I probably don’t hit as hard now but now I only play Sabian so I decided to try out the APX line which is a Pro B8 alloy; I like them but judge for yourself!

Click here to check out these APX Cymbals available on eBay!

Here’s a link to the solid hats on Amazon.

These are great bargains on eBay and other places (if you like them).

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Final Cut of Sound Chaser demo is up on this site… Our Tribute to Yes!

I blew it and didn’t put it up here as I did on our TributeToYes.com site (and facebook page).  Here’s the link to the full video!



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We’re back to the studio for video! And check out our audio!

Full promo should be up in a day or so!

Sound Chaser: A Tribute to Yes Music

We were in the studio Sunday finishing up our promo; we should have the promo video up here in a few days!

Here’s a snippet (from a cellphone camera) of our video shoot for our promo!

And here’s the full audio track from our promo!

Keep checking in!

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Wishbone Ash: A Fantastic Show by a Classic Prog Rock Influence

I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Wishbone Ash for the first time last week!  It’s been decades since I listened to them on vinyl, and they treated me to one of the best concerts I’ve heard in a long time.  If you live in or near one of the privileged few areas they’re visiting on tour, you’ve got to see them!  Check out their tour dates at http://WishboneAsh.com

I was still a teenager when first exposed to their music, and it had a distinct influence on the bands and genres I’ve listened to (and played) over four decades.  When I saw that the band was playing one of my favorite local venues, I looked up the current band lineup. I had to go and take a listen when I saw that Joe Crabtree, the “baby” of the current lineup, had played with Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.   I play drums in a progressive rock tribute band (http://TributeToYes.com), and I knew that Wishbone Ash was a significant contributor to the genre.  The videos I found of Joe on YouTube showed that he was, despite his superb technical skills and pleasant melodic style of play, very humble.  (You can find out more about Joe at http://www.joecrabtree.com.)

I have to admit that I remembered little of Wishbone Ash outside of the Argus album (it was the 70’s, after all), but from the first few notes of the show at the Bamboo Room I could discern the pervasive influence of their music on many other bands. The textured, melodic twin leads of founding member Andy Powell and  Finland’s Muddy Manninen were reminiscent of the Allman Brothers (who were formed the same year as Wishbone Ash).  The incredible tightness and fluidity of the two guitarists were mirrored by Crabtree and bassist Bob Skeat, who’s been playing with Powell for 17 years.  The music brought back memories of Uriah Heep, Genesis, Procol Harum, and with melodies reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and CS&N.

While the ticket was more than I’d paid for a concert at the Bamboo Room in the past (the “cozy” venue seats a bit over a 100), it was the best concert value in recent memory. The band played new material off their excellent brand new album Blue Horizon (see link at the bottom of this blog), their “Live Dates” album in its entirety, and songs from “Argus” including their hit “Blowin’ Free.”

I’ve edited some snippets of the concert together via YouTube below (no full songs, just teasers, because you need to hear this band live) so you can experience a taste of these fine musicians.

Check out the 7/4 groove at 11:45 and the classic “Blowin’ Free” at 16:40.  And find a venue where you can hear this band!

Here’s a link to their new album!


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