Howdy. Thanks for tuning
Today is Christmas Eve, and I'm just reflecting a little on
life...Penny and I are at our home here in Iowa with our dog, Lily. I
just played a nice gig last night at our "home joint," The Mill
City. Fantastic to see so many friends and fans come out. We had a
ball. It's great to be home for a little while.
The weather has been warm for December in Iowa. So warm, in fact, I am
still out planting flower bulbs. I've planted thousands more
bulbs this fall and winter, putting in rivers of muscari, hundreds of
daffodils, tulips, anemones, geraniums and lilies. I already had a full
garden, but what was boring lawn is giving way to a surprising Spring
and Summer with masses of flowers. It will be like a mini Keukenhoff
here in April and May. I love it, and I just can't help myself. Maybe
I'm just a little obsessed?
This year has been a busy one with lots to look forward to in 2012.
We just put out two CDs on our Fish Tail label this year, the
on a Buzz
, and our first gospel
compilation: A True Friend
Is Hard To Find - A Gospel Retrospective
We did our best tour ever of the UK, playing through most all of
October and November. It was an exhilarating run of 35 concerts and
some guitar workshops too. It was our 38th Overseas Tour, and our 19th
year of coming to the UK and Europe to tour. It's been the most well
documented tour we've ever done. Penny has done a fantastic job
videotaping every show and putting daily pictures and videos up on Facebook
. So far,
she's done over 70 live concert videos, and she's only just gotten
started. I am so proud of her, I could burst. If you've already joined
us on Facebook, you may notice I don't say too much, I let the
music and pictures and Penny's passion and joie de vivre
the flame burning bright. Thank you Penny!
The Put on a Buzz
will continue in 2012. We will
return to Puerto
Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico,
again very soon in January and
play some gigs down there until we return home in April. Lots of plans
are in the works for gigs in the USA, UK and hopefully Europe. There
could be other surprises in new countries, too.
will always be as current as possible, you can
always buy CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, tote bags, books, slides, every Catfish
product, through this website.
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Penny keeps a vibrant travelogue going that I hope you will enjoy.
2 NEW CD's AVAILABLE
HERE AND AT CONCERTS
The latest two CDs are now available here
and through CD Baby, and are available at all concerts.
Put on a Buzz
was recorded this summer in Iowa City at Flat Black Studios
with the multi-talented Luke
. He was so much fun to work with. We tore through
the sessions and came up with 14 tracks, including five originals and
songs from deep down in the treasure trove from Leadbelly, Frank Stokes, Bukka
. On this album I played two National Baritones,
two Flammang Acoustics, and the National El Trovador 12 String, and
even sing harmony to myself on three cuts. What a blast!
A True Friend
Is Hard To Find - A Gospel Retrospective is a compilation
of Gospel works from ten of my albums. There is lots
of singing and sanctified slide and string twanging here from
cuts inspired from such greats as Blind Willie Johnson, Sister Rosetta
Tharpe, Joseph Spence, Blind Lemon Jefferson, King Solomon Hill, Bo
Carter and more.
TWO NEW GUITARS & A
This year I've been very lucky to get a couple of
fantastic new guitars. One is the wonderful National M1 Baritone Tricone,
is pictured above on the cover of
Put on a Buzz.
This guitar is very special; it's an all mahogany bodied
tricone, with a baritone scale. I string and tune it just like
my steel bodied Polychrome
So, it's in Open Bb or Eb, and
I use it for slide and open tuned fingerpicking. It's warm and rich and
sweet and low and big sounding. Listen to "On a Monday"
on Put on a Buzz
hear it in action.
The most recent guitar I got was in October on my UK Tour.
It's a Stella-style 12
built by master luthier Ralph S. Bown.
over the moon with this guitar. It makes a giant, giant sound, and has
been compared with an organ or harpsichord. It's also a baritone scaled
instrument, and tuned low with big strings. This guitar came to me by a
stroke of fate. I had first met Ralph almost 20 years ago, always loved
his guitars. Last year when we came over on tour, at the last minute we
decided to bring my
National El Trovador 12 String.
Unfortunately, it had to
be checked through as checked luggage, and then, somehow was damaged
when we arrived at Manchester. A few phone calls later, after talking
to Michael Messer,
I got Dave King
send a new cone, and arranged, when we got to York for Ralph to fix the
guitar. He did. But then, he offered to make me a 12 string that I
could keep in the UK. So, I took him up on it. Well, I loved the guitar
so much, I decided to buy it and take it home. What a beauty! (Pictured
As if that wasn't enough, our old buddy Pete Howlett
contacted us, and we met him and his wife Helen before the very first
gig of the UK Tour up in Menai Bridge, in Anglesea, N. Wales. He
presented me with his beautiful prototype of his Resolele
. This is a
concert neck uke made of Birdseye Maple, with a star soundhole, with a
little resonator. What a gorgeous instrument, with a clear, sweet,
fantastic uke sound. Penny and I have known Pete since 1993 when he and
were partners and gave me the first Tony
Revell Ragtime Model Parlour Guitar
, which became my
primary acoustic guitar for about 15 years or so. (Uke pictured with
BUY A NATIONAL OR FLAMMANG GUITAR FROM CATFISH!
Super luthier David
fantastic acoustic guitars are now
available for sale through this website. Take a look at the new page: Why
I Love Flammang Guitars
to see great new Flammang
one-of-a-kind instruments for sale right now. This is a rare
opportunity to buy these guitars. David usually builds only custom
guitars that are commissioned to be built. These are absolute dream
been playing David's guitars for many years now, and love them. You can
hear them on several of my latest albums, and I always have at least
one I play on tour. David, you are the
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
great guitars, and now I've been honored for the last few
years to be an Official
Thanks to National founders
Young and McGregor
Gaines for everything over these many years. Also, big
thanks to National Vice President and CFO Eric
Smith, shop foreman Jason
Workman, and the office staff of Robynne
Smith, and the whole gang at National. Thank
always, I'm happy to help if you want to buy
a new National, just email or call
319-338-3614 anytime. I occasionally do lessons
workshops too, please do get in touch for more info. Look at
I Love National Guitars page to see what I have in
stock and you can order any model and make custom orders too.
BUY CATFISH DOWNLOADS
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over 40 other companies. Of course, we encourage you to buy
the "old fashioned" way direct from me and Penny right here at
this website, or from CD Baby or
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through CD Baby
and download MP3s of
of this right here on our Fish Tail
Records Catalog Page
Hope to see you at the shows. Please come say hello. 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.