In 1988, I recorded an album as the featured solo-artist with the award winning musicians known as the Nashville Superpickers. They released a number of albums under that name and often recorded with Chet Atkins. According to their bass player and the projects co-producer, Henry Stryzlecki, this was the first time in 15 years the Superpickers name was authorized for use to someone other than Chet Atkins. Other Superpickers members appearing on this album are: Pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins, steel guitar player Lloyd Green, guitar player Jack Solomon, drummer Roy Yeager, engineer Pat Holt, and co-producer and second fiddler Dale Morris. I returned to Nashville in 1993 to record some vocal tracks at Pat Holt’s request. Upon arriving at the studio, I was very surprised to discover he had arranged for the musicians who usually recorded as Garth Brooks’ studio band waiting to accompany me. I have added these tracks and three additional vocal tracks I recorded at different times in Colorado to those from the original Superpickers album. The CD can be purchased for $10.00 at iTunes, or by clicking the PayPal button below.
Sample Tracks from the CD!
Queen of the West
50 Years Ago Waltz
Hottest Ex in Texas
All of the Tracks
1. Hottest Ex in Texas, 2. Brilliancy, 3. Queen of the West, 4. Miller’s Reel, 5. Bandera 6. 50 Years Ago. 7. Warm Fire Burning, 8. Dardanella, 9. La Golondrina, 10. Hummingbird Reel, 11. Play Fiddle Play, 12. Canebrake, 13. Jump Right In, 14. Devil’s Gonna Get You, 15. Milk Cow Blues, 16. Summertime
In 1997, I recorded a second album (now a CD), with my family providing the additional instrumentation. We tried to create more of a live feel with the mix of this CD, so the rhythm section is a little louder than you will find on most others. Besides, they are my family and I wanted them heard. I played fiddle on all songs except Apple Blossoms which featured our son Noel, who also played tenor guitar on the other tracks. Our daughter Sarah plays guitar on all the tracks, and our son Erick plays Bass. Andy plays guitar. The CD can be purchased for $10.00 at iTunes, or by clicking the PayPal button below.
This is the book I wanted to buy almost thirty years ago when I first became introduced to Texas Style Rhythm Guitar. Unfortunately, back then it didn’t exist. So, I wrote it.
I have structured the book to actually show ways to easily use (what appears to be, but really is not) a wide variety of chords when playing rhythm guitar, and to have done me the most good when I was just learning to play guitar in this style. I believe it will help you in the same ways, and as much as it would have helped me. Perhaps more.
In addition to giving you enough introductory and advanced information to keep you busy for years, it is designed for those guitar players who do not have consistent, if any, access to players of this style. As such, if you happen to occasionally be present when the style is played, this book will help you decipher what they are doing and then to do it yourself.
The book is suitable for any level of player, from someone just starting out to those who have played for years. Although the style developed for use backing up fiddlers, it can be, and is used with Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Swing, Folk, and many others.
I need to express my gratitude to a number of folks who have contributed to my guitar playing over the years. They are: Bob Christman, Dale Morris, Terry Morris (who insisted I concentrate on my right hand rather than my left), Tom Weissgerber, Dan Emert, Dick Barrett, Lisa Barrett, Jack Whatley, Ricky Turpin (who said – If you want to be a good guitar player, you must play with good fiddle players; and if you want to be a good fiddle player, you must play with good guitar players – he then spent several hours playing fiddle with eight of my guitar students), Bartow Riley, and a good many more.