Howdy Folks! Thanks for tuning in. Here at home itís
full-blown Indian Summer. Leaves turning bright colors, toasty,
Lily (left), doesn't want us to go...
Summertime has been fantastic this year, with lots of fun trips and
great gigs. Right now, weíre gearing up for the big annual tour of the UK
30 dates this year, at arts centres, concert halls, clubs, schools and
Iím doing several guitar workshops as well. The tour kicks
off Oct. 13th on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, then goes
all throughout England,
out the Tour Dates
for full details.
Look for feature articles in two of the best UK blues magazines; Blues in Britain
October issue and
an interview is also in Blues
Oct/Nov Issue 34. Thanks to all for your kind support and we look
forward to having a blast on this tour!
Iíll be performing with a couple of guitars on the tour. Iíll have the
ever sturdy and big bottom sound of my National
, and will introduce my new small body
guitar built by the world-class Iowa luthier, David
. This guitar is called an EL 12-fret, and is very
similar in body shape to my1926 Nick Lucas Special, with the cute curvy
lines and really fantastic sound. It's been a real joy to twang
the strings on this puppy and I canít wait to play it on tour!
This year has been a tough one, as weíve lost quite a few of my major
blues heroes. Jessie
passed away late
in July, and Henry
both died very
recently. We knew Jessie Mae and Henry Townsend personally, doing
gigs together sometimes, and I feel like they were like my musical
CATFISH IN THE GALLERY IN
in London, David
painting, "Guitar Man
yours truly, is now on display, also with an etching of Oxtoby's of John Lennon
version of the painting was used on the cover of my Pony Run
(left). Check it out.
After the UK tour, which goes from Oct 13th through Nov 25th, this
winter weíll follow the sun to California
in January for a tour, also appearing at the NAMM Show in L.A. with National Guitars
and in February
weíll do a Florida
tour. The end of February and early March takes us to Puerto Escondido,
the Puerto Blues
Festival, and in May we may go to Italy
Plus shows around the Midwest and much more to come in 2007.
album has continued to get lots of notice and healthy sales. Itís
charted on hundreds of radio station playlists and made the Living Blues Radio Charts
Look for a brand new CD in 2007. Iíve been working on a new batch
of songs and canít wait to get in the studio again.
I am always happy to help if you want to buy
a new National
, just email
319-338-3614 anytime. We
have their amazing new 2-CD-and-trading-cards 2006 Catalogues
available. The newest National models include the El Trovador, Cutaway
Tricones, Lefty Tricones and the 14 fret Style O, replete with chicken
Extra, extra special thanks goes to my beautiful wife Penny Cahill
humming here at Fish Tail. She does so much and I feel really
very blessed to have her by my side. Sheís Fish Tail Records Pres., and
my tour manager and ace sound engineer. It means the world to me to
have her strength and faith in our longtime mission of spreading a
little joy around the world. Thanks again, Penny!
Hope to see you at the shows. Please come say Howdy. Feel free to
email or call, itís always great to hear from you.
yours truly, Catfish Keith
This is Catfish Keith's
newsletter first published in February 2005.
Journal #1, February 2005
#2, March 2005
#3, May 2005
#4, September 2005
Journal #5, December 2005
Journal #6, May 2006
Journal #7, October 2006
Journal #8, February 2007
Journal #9, April 2007
Journal #10, October 2007
Journal #11, June 2008
Journal #12, December 2008
Journal #13, April 2009
Journal #14, May 2009
Journal #15, September 2009
Journal #16, September 2010
This is a magazine-style newsletter
started when this
website was first lauched in 1998.