Getting Ready for the Road!!!

Summer is settling in here in Yuma, the temps are rising. Even though we have yet to see our first 100-degree day, it is quite toasty but comfortable. Tomatoes are almost done for the season (they really stress when it gets to be over 90) but we have been getting some lovely ones for about a month now. Ahhhhh, go figure, tomatoes in May! The rest of the garden experiment is also doing well. We have some very tall sunflowers, swiss chard, beats, carrots and beans. The beans are probably the weakest producer, so I’ll have to do some work there for next year. But, I was quite pleased to find I could have a nice garden here even if it is very different than gardening back east.

I have been busy here getting ready to head east and gotten quite a few things buttoned up so to speak. I will very shortly start making piles of “this goes” things and on the road again before I know it.

Among the projects just completed, TADA – The new book, Kyle Creed Clawhammer Master, has been sent to Mel Bay. We are just waiting for it to be scheduled and a release date before starting to take advanced orders, but it should not be long now! Tentative price for the book with cd is about $23 US. The book has 27 tunes with 2 tabs each (one from me and another from co-author Bob Carlin as Kyle would have played it) and a cd with each tab played for you to hear. Yes, Bob plays his Kyle tabs and I play mine. Keep an eye here and I’ll let you know as SOON as it is available. It would be nice if we could have it by Clawcamp but I am not holding my breath.

Which brings me to Clawcamp East! Clawcamp is more than half full which is wonderful with still 2 months to go. There are still a few spots left and if you register directly from this site, you get a special rate this year! Bob Carlin will join me again and The Lovely Miss Jennifer will be on hand for coaching as well. New this year, we will be playing a Saturday night concert AT the camp as part of the Fur Peace Ranch’s concert series. Your ticket is included with camp registration as is all meals and lodging for the weekend. Never know when or where the next Clawcamp will be so don’t miss this one!

I continue to write and edit for The Old Time Way – Banjo Newsletter’s quarterly section dedicated to old time banjo playing. The next issue will be in the July issue of BNL. Look for articles on that Jason Burns banjo he was building for me as well as an in depth interview with Jason. An interview of Whitt Mead and reviews of a new wire armrest, the Audio Technica 2020 USB mic and Stephen Parker’s new book Clawhammer Banjo String Band Favorites.

A busy trip is in the making. I’ll leave here in just a few weeks and head to Lawrence, Kansas where I will be doing a concert and both clawhammer banjo and fiddle workshops as well as a guest set that Sunday at the Killkenny Concert, which is a fund raiser Americana Music Academy. Next, on to Mountain View, Arkansas for a concert set and then a 4 day Old Time Back Up Guitar workshop during Stringband week. Matt Brown will be teaching fiddle and Lucas Pool will be teaching clawhammer banjo. There gonna be a whole lot of music that week!

Then it will be home to Ohio for a few weeks r&r before Clawcamp. I have a few private lessons scheduled there and you are welcome to email me about a visit during July. It will be good to be “home” for a bit in the hills and green before heading down to Arlington, TX (near Dallas) the first week of August as we head back west. First stop, Gerald Jones’ Acoustic Music Camp. This is my third year there and I can tell you it is a WONDRFUL weekend (Thurs – Sat) of music. All instruments, all levels, great instructors and facility! That will be August 5-8 and those eagle eyed among you may realize that it is Clifftop week! Well, you are right. That means for only the third time ever, I’ll be missing Clifftop. I’ll be sorry to miss it and seeing so many of you there, but this is a great camp and I’m very glad to be asked back. I know several of you have already registered for it and we are going to have a great time in Texas together.

So, time to close up here for today. I’ll be heading over to San Diego for one more weekend teaching over there. It’s time for those students’ summer vacation too so they get a couple months off. I’ll start back there in either mid August or early September. It has been fun! As always, event details are on the schedule page, so click on the “Schedule” link and keep up with what is happening.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in my travels. Always remember:
Play nice!