Greetings! I hope life is great with you. Here at
home we're enjoying the height of summer with the lilies just starting
to pop and fantastic, sunny warm days. Our long legged dog
Lily (pictured left) is still having fun.
Here's the latest news:
CATFISH IS INDUCTED IN
THE IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME!
I was very surprised and honored to find out that I've been chosen to
be an inductee for the 2008
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
. The good folks of the Central Iowa Blues Society
with cooperation from all the Iowa blues societies, honor veteran blues
musicians once a year.
To be considered for this, you have to have what I call "grizzled veteran"
status; that is, to have been based in Iowa and gigging for 30 years or
more. I still feel like a kid at 46 years old, but blues
music has been my passion and living since I was a teenager.
Man, that went quick. Here's to the next 30 years...
The ceremony and celebration for the 2008 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
will be on a Sunday in September to be announced at
Blues on Grand
in Des Moines, Iowa. Some other inductees include the
super-talented hipster guitar wizard Dennis "Daddy-O" McMurrin
KCCK-FM blues DJ Bob
and more. A big thanks goes to T-Bone
and the gang at the Central Iowa Blues Society. I am tickled!
HIGH WATER EVERYWHERE -
THE 500 YEAR FLOODS OF 2008
Over the last month or so, Iowa and the Midwest have been affected by
devastating floods. Tens of thousands of people have lost
their homes to flooding. There has been billions of dollars
worth of damage; cities have been wrecked, live ruined. Roads
and bridges have been closed, levees breaking, crops wrecked, all on a
massive scale. Most of the state has been declared a Federal
Very luckily for us, our home town of Washington, Iowa has had no direct damage
In fact, the weather lately has been beautiful; sunny,
perfect summer days. But if you go east 15 miles to Columbus
Junction, or up to Iowa City or Cedar Rapids, or try to cross the
Mississippi River, the damage is apparent. Penny and I have
been fine here, but it was challenging if you wanted to drive anywhere.
We had gigs last weekend in Illinois and had to drive a
couple of hours out of our way just to find a bridge open to get into
Illinois. When we crossed back into Iowa at Burlington, the
levees broke and that bridge is now closed.
We have been very lucky here at home, but our state will never
be the same. We appreciate friends and fans around the world
writing and calling, too. We're OK, so far!
NEW ARTICLE &
INTERVIEW ONLINE IN PREMIER GUITAR MAGAZINE
Take a look at the new article and interview in Premier Guitar Magazine
Acclaimed guitarist and writer (and good friend!) Gayla
wrote this article which reviews my latest CD, If I Could
and has a full interview from a guitarist's
perspective, called: Stomp,
Growl and Twang: Catfish Keith Interview
Also, in the last few months there have been CD reviews of If I Could
in Living Blues,
Blues Revue, Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar
and many other
NEW GUITAR FROM DAVID
My favorite luthier and Iowa homey David
has made me a new fabulous guitar. This
one is a Parlor guitar, and is beautiful! It's got mahogany
back and sides, a spruce top and a stunning sunburst finish
with a fine rope binding and slotted headstock. It's small
size belies it's big, barking and deep, rich sound. Look for
it on tour. Thanks again to David for another true handbuilt
THE WORLD TOUR; IT TRULY
Summer of 2008 takes us to concerts and festivals around the midwest,
this fall we'll return again to
the United Kingdom
for another giant tour in October and November. We're excited to return
for the Foyu Blue
in Lyon. In January it's off to California
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 all of February and early March. Check out my Tour Dates
page for full details.
Music from all of my albums is available to purchase for
downloading on all of the major download sites, including ITunes, Napster,
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
Amazon. You can now also download
MP3's of entire albums
through CD Baby.
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
for everything over these many years. 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. 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.
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.