Howdy. I hope life
is great. We're back home again after another whirlwind tour
of the UK and France. This tour was our 34th (!?!) and we
went to some amazing places, some that we'd been to many times and
there were some beautiful and surprising areas we'd never been to
before. There were many highlights. Penny and I were tickled
to play lots of packed and sold out venues. I often say I
never expect anyone to show up but they sure did, and how! We
were very happy to see lots of old friends and fans that started coming
to see us from the very first days when we started touring the UK way
back in 1992. Thanks
After about a dozen gigs in a dozen days, we flew out from
Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Lyon,
. I played there at the first annual Foyu Blues Festival
This event was a blast, hosted by blues pianist Sylvie Nabet
"Littlecouinie," pronounced Little Queenie). And, in typical
French fashion, we were treated to lengthy meals of many courses,
enjoyed the wine and conviviality and made many bumbling attempts to
treat to the senses. We stayed in the city center for a few
days after the festival and walked all through the old city, crossing
the rivers on footbridges, checking out the statues, cathedrals,
trucking down narrow cobblestone streets filled with cafes,
restaurants, flowershops, bookshops, through high fashion districts,
fleamarkets and much more. They called Lyon the Gastronomic Capital
of France (or was it the world?), and the tradtional fare of the region
featured lots of saurkraut, potatoes and various unmentionable body
parts of various animals...yow! Every day we just walked and
walked and walked and looked through the city.
It's really fun when we actually have time to be
tourists, and our trip to Lyon was very memorable.
an area we'd never been to before and it was fantastic. Big
thanks to John
& Annabelle Stephens
for having us down
there; we were part of the Roseland
near Truro. The gig was in their town hall, sold out to many
had never seen an American blues act there before...John put me and
Penny up at a great seaside hotel in St. Mawes where we watched the
tides roll in, listened to the seagulls and had a great little break.
Cornwall is the wild, southwestern tip of England and is
it's rolling hills, white rocky shores, narrow, precarious roads, great
seafood, occasional, unexpected tropical plant life and cool, weird
The whole tour was a blast. Besides Lyon, we went all up and
down Britain, with me driving nearly 4000 miles, from Scottish
gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh to Menai Bridge, Bangor and Harlech in
North Wales through most all of England, north and south.
There were thirty-some gigs as well as Guitar Workshops and
Blues in the Schools gigs. One of our final gigs was in Selby, in
Yorkshire, at the sold out Selby
On the way, I couldn't help notice a
bunch of those nutty, three-wheeled cars (see photo above), all in a
row, which look like giant dog snouts on wheels. I
love those things. That's a very distinctive piece of true
British culture, there. I think I need one of those...
After 50 nights in a row in
hotels, we're settling in at home. It's great to
relax a little and hang out with our dog, Lily
right). She didn't forget us and is as faithful and funny as ever.
Special special thanks to our dear friends Barb & Craig Swift
for taking great care of Lily while we're gone. (Their cats, however,
will never be the same, sorry kids.)
It's turned into a real, freezing cold, snowy winter here, the novelty
of which is starting to wear off just a bit. We have to dress
up like Nanook of the North to go out but everything looks real
Christmasy with the lights and snow and icicles and all.
But, soon, in January we'll be going back to Puerto Escondido, Mexico
for several weeks of sun and fun (and a few gigs thrown in).
It's usually 90 degrees and sunny every single day, and the
surf is up. Sounds perfect about now.
Thanks as always for tuning in. Please do email
or call us anytime.
Here's more of 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
was in September 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!
full article from the Washington Evening Journal 10-1-08
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 CONTINUES
First, I play here in Iowa in mid January, then, it's
off to Mexico
for late January, all of February and early March. Spring and Summer
2009 takes us to concerts and festivals around the USA, this time
including a trip to Western
for the Palisade
Bluegrass & Roots Festival
. Then next fall we'll
return again to
the United Kingdom
for another giant tour in October and November. There are many plans
and possibilities yet to come, 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
great guitars, and now I've been honored with Official Dealer
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.