After ending 2010 on a high (Frank Marino DVD shoot over two days in December in Cleveland), 2011 got off to a poor start as I missed out on NAMM mayhem yet again.
Things started very slowly with a few online interviews, Daniele Gottardo, Muris Varajec, Corrado Sgandura and Rob Balducci as well as a video interview with Canadian Bluesmen Paul Deslauriers and Steve Strongman, before the action kicked into gear in May.
May saw an in-person interview with the incredible Joe Bonamassa prior to his SRO concert at the St. Denis Theater in Montreal!!!! A fantastic show, enjoyed in the company of Paul Deslauriers, Brian Slack and Guy Primeau.
June saw a concert performance by Sherbrooke blues rock group Greenwood in Toronto.
July was highlighted by the 10 days of my third Tremblant Blues experience. Highlights for me were Oli Brown, Ten Years After, Todd Wolfe and Paul and Steve jamming along with David Gogo and Jack DeKeyzer. As always, a blues experience second to none.
September was spectacular with a long interview with Guthrie Govan followed by his master class and then an Aristocrat’s gig at the marvelous Cosmo Music complex in Markham.August saw a meet and short interview with the wonderful Carl Verheyen at Steve’s Music in Toronto.
November saw us traveling to Amsterdam to cover the Jason Becker Not Dead Yet Festival, the single most important musical event I have attended thus far. Stellar performances by ALL but personal standouts for me were Guthrie Govan, Andy James and Kiko Loureiro. I think I enjoyed hanging with the guys over the two days of rehearsal more than the gig itself!
Stephan Forte, Paul Wardingham, Andy James and Brett Garsed all put out wonderful CD’s in 2011.
My guitars of choice in 2011 were my Byrd Super Avianti, my 80’s Gibson Nighthawk, my Ernie Ball Silhouette a knockoff Daniele Gottardo Candy Red Scalloped Strat I constructed and my Parker Fly.
Amp of choice for the year was my Traynor YCV15 Blue a KICKASS 15 watts of class “A” classic tone.
Cheers , here’s looking to NAMM 2012 and beyond…