Hey You All..
I hope life
is great. Here at Fish Tail World Headquarters (a.k.a., the
house), things are just humming along. Tours and gigs
are being planned and played, songs and albums being worked on
and best of all, it's summertime.
I planted a few thousand flowers and vegetables and our faithful hound,
(pictured left), is having an absolute ball with her ongoing canine
projects. She's an awe-inspiring athelete, making
hair-raising frisbee snatches while flying through the air.
The neighborhood grackles live in absolute fear of Lily, and,
from a safe distance, chatter and curse her. If birds ever forget
and actually land in the yard, they could be doomed to a grizzly
demise. Lily is a great sidekick and is the funniest dog we've ever had.
Fun shows coming right up include playing at The Washington
on Saturday, May 30th. It's one of the Midwest's coolest new showcase
venues, in the old Mississippi River town of Burlington, Iowa
The Washington was an Elks Club back in the old days and owner David Hazell
Hazell clan has turned it into a fantastic space. Big
congratulations to Dawn
and David Hazell
very recent birth of their daughter Daisy
Penny and I will be flying out to western Colorado for the Palisade
Bluegrass & Roots Festival
June 12-14. I
look forward to being on the bill with the Kruger Brothers, Mollie O'Brien,
Danny Barnes, Cadillac Sky, April Verch
We haven't been to Colorado in quite some time.
Festivals are fantastic, especially when I get to share the
bill with such great artists. We first saw the Kruger
Brothers at the NAMM Show in Anaheim a couple of years ago. What a
soulful, fleet-of-finger bunch of cats!
There will be many more fun shows to come, in the Midwest, around the
USA, and our biggest-ever fall tour of the United Kingdom
winter in Mexico
check out my Tour Dates
PLEASE BE MY FRIEND ON MYSPACE
My wonderful partner and wife Penny Cahill
instigated the creation of my new MySpace
website, she's been working away on it. In just a couple of days, she
has made a very impressive impact, and best of all, we've gotten
reaquainted with many dear
friends and heroes including
Eric Clapton, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Steve Earle, Ravi
I had put up a MySpace page years ago and did nothing with it;
my only MySpace friend was that guy Tom. Now, one day Penny decided
take the bull by the horns
and is making MySpace a vital part of what we're doing.
So, stop by and say hello, come and be
on my MySpace website
I'll write you back.
Here's more 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 47 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 MP3s of
through CD Baby
and download MP3s of
on my MySpace
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. Also, big
thanks to National Vice President Eric
, the lovely Robynne
, and the whole staff at National.
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
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.