Howdy. Thanks for tuning in. Summer is winding down, but so much is on the horizon. The shadows are stretching longer, and it's the heart of harvest time here. Last week, they drained the water from the local swimming pool, one of my favorite summer hangouts.
On the very last day the pool was open, Penny and I took our dog, Lily (pictured here) to the annual Dog Paddle. She's not really a "water dog," but she went in with me and Penny, while fifty or sixty other dogs ran around, splashing and barking and sniffing each other... She stuck pretty close, not entirely sure about this swimming business...
NEW LIVE CD, LIVE AT THE HALF MOON, RELEASED OCT. 9th!
My 12th album is due for release in early October. It's called “Live at the Half Moon,” recorded at the Half Moon in Putney, on the south side of London during our UK tour last November. The album contains nearly the whole concert, as much as could fit onto one CD, anyway. Our old buddy Danny Edwardson showed up that night with his DAT recorder and captured a magic night. The Half Moon has always been a great venue and all the ingredients for a fantastic live album were there that evening: a packed house of true blue fans and friends, and wonderful sound run by Doon Graham. Doon ran sound there the first time I played there in the early 1990's and continues at the soundboard, and he made everything sound sweet. He is well known for his work both at the Half Moon and his work with the great Ralph McTell.
We had lots of great people
helping to make this CD happen. Our buddy Patrick Hazell in
Washington, Iowa kindly did a CD dub from DAT format for us, which let
us know we were onto something... Then, Luke Tweedy at Flat
Black Studios in Iowa City edited it into a seamless whole. Carl Saff at Saff
Mastering in Chicago made it sound golden. Jason Hieronymous at
Hospers and Brother in Iowa City did an ultra-cool job with the vintage
outer space themed graphic design of the CD (replete with flying
saucers, aliens, "Lost in Space" style robots and a snarky Mr. Moon),
then Oasis on the East Coast is manufacturing
them..thanks there go to Ben
Plappert, Shanna Zell, Eilleen Joiner and Oasis Pres. Micah Solomon.
Featured on the CD will be me singing with plenty of slide on my National Baritone Tricone, fingerpicking on my David Flammang Parlor Guitar, along with stomping foot. Thirteen songs from the treasure trove and some of the stories about the strange and weird musicians where the music came from, I hope you enjoy!
My “Live at the Half Moon” CD will be available at all concerts and directly from Penny and I here at Fish Tail Records. Order Now!
GIANT UK & HOLLAND TOUR STARTS OCT. 15 - ALL of NOV. 2009!
Penny and I are winding up to fly overseas yet again for our 36th tour of the UK and Europe! The tour will start October 15 and go through all of November and will include gigs through most all of England, parts of Wales, Scotland, a jaunt to the Netherlands in the middle of it and a trip to the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. Take a look at my Tour Dates page for full details.
In December, we'll return home to Iowa for the Holidays, then in January through April we will go south to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico (Penny and myself pictured right, on the beach) to “rough out” the winter, playing some cool gigs, but also swimming, surfing, laying around, drinking Coronas, etc...check out my Tour Dates page.
NEW NATIONAL 12-STRING!
Don Young, Eric Smith and the gang at National Reso-Phonic Guitars have outdone themselves yet again. I am the very proud owner of a brand new guitar model from National. It's an El Trovador 12 String. I was honored to be the first musician to have one of these amazing guitars. It's the standard El Trovador guitar, but with a great 12 string neck. I think it may well be the best resophonic ever made for 12 string guitar. It has the sleek-shaped all-mahogany body, single cone and tasty binding, and the Highlander pickup really amplifies the guitar beautifully onstage. It's got easy action and has a giant, orchestra-in-a-guitar sound that really knocks me out. I tune it real low like guitars (especially 12 strings) should be, and it's bendy and twangy and deep and dark and bright and sparkly too. Man, I love this thing!
CATFISH IS AN
OFFICIAL NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC GUITAR DEALER
I've always championed the mighty National guitar. Loved the sound since Day One. I've been helping players all over the world to purchase these great guitars, and now I've been honored for the last few years to be an Official National Dealer.
Thanks to National founders
Young and McGregor
Gaines for everything over these many years. Also, big
thanks to National Vice President Eric
Smith, shop foreman Jason
Workman, and the office staff of Robynne
Smith, and the whole gang at National. Thank
As always, I'm happy to help if you want to buy a new National, just email or call 319-338-3614 anytime. We have their amazing 2-CD-and-trading-cards Catalogues still available. I occasionally do lessons and workshops too, please do get in touch for more info. Look at my Why I Love National Guitars page to see what I have in stock and you can order any model and make custom orders too.
BE MY FRIEND ON
catfishkeith.com- String-Twanging Home of Catfish Keith