New Album by DGQ multi-instrumentalist and mouth percussion extraordinaire Joe Craven Trio free tracks

The Mandolin Cafe is streaming some tracks from the new Joe Craven Trio album. It’s worth a listen. If I’m not careful, I may get cited by the Bluegrass Police for this one, it’s a little outside the genre. OK so maybe a little is an understatement, but Joe Craven can play some Mandolin, in addition to mouth percussion and all that crazy other stuff he plays like the Jawbone (see video below).

This new album is a nice jazzy mandolin centric effort.It’s hard to categorize for obvious reasons, it’s Joe Craven, the Bluegrass equivalent of a spider monkey. It stretches out in places and remains compact and tight in others. It’s a nice mix of styles that holds together as a single album nicely, like a crazy pair of patchwork pants hanging on a dancing hippy’s hips, you’re not quite sure how they are staying up and sewn together but by golly they do! It’s a nice surprise.

My favorite track so far seems to be Monkey Biz which sounds like Jethro Burns jamming with Chick Corea, which are two sounds I never thought would go together, but hey,why not!

In the tune Sloppy D he does his whole “bend the neck of the mando to get a whammy bar effect.” When I saw him do that to what looked like a Loar, I almost crapped my pants right there in the front row, that takes some cajones. It literally made me sick to my stomach, but it didn’t break.

Go take a listen, in the meantime here’s a video of the jawbone… house concerts are priceless, if  a bit awkward. Been there done that, gave the t-shirt to goodwill.

The Del McCoury Band gets it done in front a logo designed by yours truly.

This weekend marked the March edition of the semi-annual Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival. I unfortunately did not have the pleasure of attending the weekend’s festivities but a good friend and musical cohort of mine did. He passed along a cool image of the Del McCoury Band gettgin it done on stage in front of a beautiful logo designed by yours truly.

Back when this festival first started, not too long ago, I had the honor of designing the identity and logo for acquaintance and festival founder Joe Mullins. The festival has really grown and now in aditiion to brochures t-shirts, hats tickets, etc the logo gets used as a gobo behind the musicians as they play! How cool is that?

A big thanks to John Banjovi for the pic! Wish I could have been there.

Freaky Fiddle Friday: Luke Abbott

Well I haven’t done a Freaky Fiddle Friday in a while. But I miss it, so here goes. Today I bring you the fantastic straight ahead and old timey pair of fiddle tunes by Luke Abbott. He plays two classics, Angeline the Baker and Apple Blossom. Do yourself a favor and also check out his album called, Take Me Home. It sounds like this young man has a very promising career as a solo musician. It’s difficult thing to make this material interesting as a solo artist, but he sure pulls it off convincingly. His guitar and banjo work is also quite solid and voice perfectly workable in a traditional sense. Good stuff.