I hope life
is great. Penny and I have just returned home from an
trip down to one of our favorite spots on earth: Puerto Escondido,
It's in the state of Oaxaca, on the
Pacific coast and is
wonderful place. We stayed much of the time about a block
the beach, between Zicatela and La Punta. It is a rare gem in
this world. Puerto Escondido means "hidden port."
you can imagine in a tropical
is down there. Palm trees,
bright tropical flowers, ocean breezes...every single day was
sunny and warm and beautiful. Surfing waves, weird and
wildlife with caballeros, fishing boats, chickens, dogs, goats, iguanas
and geckos. Pelicans, terns, seagulls, egrets all flying low and diving
in the water. Dolphins, whales, turtles, rays, tunas,
jellyfish and all manners of sea creatures filled the waters. The local
people are friendly and kind and people come from all over the world to
relax and live and cool out.
One thing I got to do this time
was surf. Surfing
has always been a dream of mine, and sure
enough, almost before I knew it, I was riding the waves. It
tremendous rush, the wave pushing me along like being launched on a
rocketship. Woah! A truly great experience, not bad
old(ish) guy, either.
We started out thinking we'd
a month but extended our trip twice.
We had gone down there in January and finally got home April
My nightly dreams continue in the tropical world.
the day, here in Southeastern Iowa, the garden here teems with
springtime flowers; crocuses, daffodils, tulips. Little sprouts are
popping out of the ground and in a couple of weeks they will be
a great life, and our dog Lily
seemed very happy to see us and is
having fun in her backyard playground. She gallops around the
yard with her rubbery frisbee, squeeky pig toy, giant fake hamburger,
monster peapod and other dog delights.
This spring and summer
plans include gigs near home and all around the USA; looking forward to
going to western Colorado
for the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival
in June. Gigs are coming in every day, and the big UK tour
shaping up nicely for October
Workshops and lessons
are part of the mix as well as the concerts. It's been a
I also plan to make a new album or two this summer...a
friend had recorded a London
show that we hope will be good for a live
and I've also been working up new pieces for a new
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 NEVER
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.