I've recently returned from a month long tour of Russia, where we were commissioned by the US Embassy to deliver "American Music" to the peoples of Russia. I must say it was an eye opener. Moscow and St. Petersburg are similar to many other cities in the world, but Russia has many sprawling cities of lesser importance. Those cities are plagued by abject poverty, some have no internet, some are very far out, and most look like the gloomy set to a Tim Burton film. The people of these cities were starved for culture and welcomed the banjo, saxophone, electric guitar, soul singing, with giant smiles. It was an eye opener for me. I figure that most of these people hadn't seen a banjo in person and maybe only on old re-runs of Beverly Hillbillies if even that. To them it didn't matter. All that mattered was that this guy on the banjo was playing for them, and they were happy to receive the acknowledgement from the outside world.
With all of the criticism and scrutinizing that goes on about music in our own country; with all of the complaints about not making enough money as musicians; and all of the competition going on in the rungs of the music world to try to get ahead; none of that matters to the rest of the world, especially in countries not so priveliged as our own. Good music and honest playing is all anyone wants. To them we are priveliged just because we inherit the "American sound." That's pretty special if you ask me.
With that said, I've been living in New York now for over a year and a half. It's been interesting because I've been inspired by so much music, in fact, that I have not devoted my attention to making one focused record of work per se'. I've been so excited to get new ideas down, that I've focused on separate tracks themselves other than making complete bodies or getting bands together. I guess you just have to record the moments when you can and make something of them. With that notion, and having no record label to begin with, I've decided to reserve the printing of CDs for very special reservation. I will be releasing a string of single tracks on Itunes under band name Cult Classic as well as my own. Please look for them!
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'Rainier 5 String Banjo' 8 min
'Gibson RB 250' 1 hr