Hello and welcome! Hope life is good.
As winter plugs on we've been both home and away. Lily (left)
is longer than ever...
The California Tour
was a blast; we worked our way from the bottom to the top.
The tour started in San Diego, and ended up in the wilds of
Humboldt County. What a beautiful state. Beaches, palm trees,
mountains, amazing redwoods...loads of sun and fun. The
locals said it was cold, they had to wear long sleeves!
We returned to the NAMM show in Anaheim this year, and played all
weekend for the great folks at National
. The weekend was jam packed
with music. It was great to see the gang there.
Got to jam and hang out with fellow National endorsers Mike Dowling, Doug MacLeod, Bob
Brozman, Dakota Dave Hull
and saw a cavalcade of
celebrities and old friends. Peter Madcat Ruth, John Cephas,
Happy & Jane & Adam Traum, Fred Sokolow, Harvey Reid,
Rich DelGrosso, Ed & Kelly Gerhard, Laurence Juber, Tom Ball
and Kenny Sultan
and many others were there. As usual, it was a "sensory
overload" event, with over 80,000 people there over the weekend.
Don & Hillary
Young, Marie & McGregor Gaines
and the staff from
National were there, in fine fettle, and this year introduced quite a
few innovations, including the El
, the 14-Fret
, and guitars with frosted duco and antique brass
finishes. I got to be part of a new documentary about Nationals, which
may be aired on PBS
and the BBC
On January 23rd, I heard from several fans that my music was played on "American Idol"
which, I've been told, is the Number One rated TV show in the USA.
It was an instrumental segue about the music of Memphis.
Instrumental bits have also been heard on "Wife Swap," and
NASCAR racing shows, as well as other unexpected places, such as shows
on golf and other surprises. One never knows...
There are quite a few interesting tours coming up this year.
At the end of February, I'm performing a blues festival in Puerto Escondido, Mexico
This spring were going to Europe to perform in Budapest, Hungary, Antwerp,
and other exotic locales. This summer
I'll return to the Mississippi
Valley Blues Festival
in my old Hometown of Davenport,
Iowa, and I'll do a month-long blues in the schools residency sponsored
by the MVBS in Rock Island, Illinois. This fall we'll return again to
the United Kingdom
for another big tour in October and November. Looks like
we'll return to France
as well! Check out my Tour Dates
page for full details.
All of my music from my albums is now available to purchase for
downloading on all of the major download sites, including ITunes, Napster,
over 40 other companies. Of course, you can buy CDs
the "old fashioned" way direct from this website, or from CD Baby or
As always, I'm happy to help if you want to buy
a new National
, just email
319-338-3614 anytime. We
have their amazing 2-CD-and-trading-cards Catalogues
available. I'm still doing lessons
too, please do get in touch for more info.
Hope to see you at the shows. Please come say Howdy. Feel
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.