Howdy Folks! It's
swinging into full
summertime now, and it's certifiably hot, roses blooming, tomatoes
growing, and we've been having fun doing some road trips, swimming and
riding the bikes around town.
Lots of good action has been happening with my Sweet Pea
album. Penny sent them out, getting airplay on well over 500
radio stations in February and March, and we just found out that it
the Living Blues Radio
March. Also there have been loads of real nice reviews
Revue, Dirty Linen
and other well-known music
CDBaby made it a feature CD as well with a great review too.
My music has been featured on lots of TV shows over the last year or so
too, including ABC's "Wife Swap," Nascar shows on FOX Sports TV, a
fishing show in Australia, and other unexpected places.
I've been having a blast with a new guitar built by Iowa luthier David
. David is a world-class, fantastic talent,
Greene, Iowa, and I've really enjoyed a new sonic journey with this
guitar. I first played one that he made when I was at Greg Brown's
house three or four years ago; Pieta Brown, Iris DeMent, and Brooks
Williams are all proud owners of these wonderful instruments.
Mine is called an EL 12 fret guitar and is sublimely
It has the body shape that's very similar to my 1926 Gibson Nick Lucas
Special, with that cute curvy body shape, mahogany back and sides,
spruce top in an alluring dark red sunburst. The sound is
chocolate-deep and bright and very focused, I really love it.
Penny got it for me at Christmas, I was agog and very surprised!
plans include gigs and festivals
around the midwest, a trip to North Carolina and Virginia in September,
our annual giant
in October and November and a return tour of
the West Coast next January. I'll be back at the NAMM show
with National Resophonic
next February we'll venture down south for a Florida Tour.
I've also continued doing individual lessons and guitar workshops, both
at home and on the road. I'm always amazed how many folks are
getting into solo acoustic slide and fingerstyle guitar, and I'm ticked
to help pass it on. Give me a holler if you'd like to do some
I am always happy to help if you want to buy
, just email
call 319-338-3614 anytime. Please do ask me about custom
too. The latest new models include the El Trovador, Cutaway
Tricones, Lefty Tricones and the 14 fret Style O, replete with chicken
Thanks. Have a teriffic summer!
truly, Catfish Keith
This is Catfish Keith's
newsletter first published in February 2005.