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Catfish Journal
Issue #10, October 5, 2007


Hey, Hey! Catfish Keith On Tour
Alright! I hope life is good. We've had a great summer here.  I've had some great gigs, made a new record, and had time too to enjoy the sunshine and fertile energy of home.  Plenty of swimming, bike riding, playing with the dog, and fixing up the house. We're still enjoying the fruits and flowers of the garden; and the tomatoes just won't quit...

Here's the latest news:

NEW CD IS COMPLETED, NOW AVAILABLE HERE!

My brand new CD, titled "If I Could Holler" is all recorded and now is off to the manufacturers.  It was recorded within a week in late August in Iowa City by the very talented Justin Kennedy, who I was delighted to work with on my last CD, "Sweet Pea".  We had a blast with Justin. He captured fourteen cuts, and I'm over the moon with our collective excitement, all laid down live on this record!

This one was an almost all-solo project, recorded on six different guitars including the incredible barking Flammang EL acoustic, my Collings, and four different National Reso-Phonic Guitars, including the 12-string Tricone, two Baritones and the Radiotone.  There is a mystery guest harmonizing with me on one cut as well.

The album has several original pieces and cuts deep from the blues and roots treasure trove, with songs heavily influenced by my heroes, legendary masters Joseph Spence, Leadbelly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, John Hurt, Bukka White, Skip James and others.  So, lots of singing with loads of ringing, bending, twanging and sliding strings, and stomping feet.

"If I Could Holler" is now available.  Order it directly from us here from this website, and you'll also be able to get it from CD Baby, Amazon, some stores, and at all of my concerts around the globe. This will be my 11th album, and will celebrate over 30 years of playing music.

THE WORLD TOUR NEVER ENDS

September takes us to concerts and festivals around the midwest, then this fall we'll return again to the United Kingdom for another giant tour in October and November. We're excited to return to France in late November/early December. In January it's off to California for the NAMM Show with National and a whirlwind tour starting in San Diego and working our way up all the way up north to Humboldt County. Then it's off to Mexico for most of February and early March.  Check out my Tour Dates page for full details.

CATFISH IN "LETTERS TO A YOUNG IOWAN" BOOK

I got a chance to be part of a unique project this summer. I got to contribute to a book published by Ice Cube Press called "Letters To A Young Iowan." Editor Zachary Michael Jack put together this book that includes over a hundred contributors, including former governor Robert Ray, first lady Christie Vilsack, wrestling legend Dan Gable, representative Jim Leach and many others. I was actually quite surprised to be in the company of so many upstanding citizens. And, unabashedly embracing my roots here in my home state.  I think Iowa is one of those "well-kept secret" states, and though we go away a lot, it's always a great place to come back to. It's home, and I love it. My letter was about pursuing your dreams. Thanks to Zach for having me be a part of this book.


New CATFISH DOWNLOADS

Music from all of my albums is available to purchase for downloading on all of the major download sites, including ITunes, Napster, and over 40 other companies.  Of course, we encourage you to buy CDs the "old fashioned" way direct from me and Penny right here at this website, or from CD Baby or Amazon.




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 for years to purchase these puppies, but now I've been extra-honored with Official Dealer status. Thanks to National founders Don Young and McGregor Gaines for everything over these many years.  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 available. I'm still doing  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.


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


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This is Catfish Keith's personal newsletter first published in February 2005.
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