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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, April 11, 2011

Hope your weekend was the enjoyable break from the hectic workweek...well, that is IF you have a hectic workweek and IF you work. I know there are a number of people out in the blogosphere who, for whatever reason do not work or work from home. Now I could deal with working from home.

Had to complete two album reviews this weekend. All I can say before they are published is that one was a struggle to deal with and one was a pleasure, though difficult to write about.
Both were instrumental guitar albums. One with multiple guitar tracks and synthetic backing instruments. The other was fingerstyle acoustic guitar. Unless you go all educational and technical on technique - which I am not qualified to do - how do you describe each song? With a band or even a solo artist who has vocal, you can comment and dissect the songs.

Well, I did it and one artist is not going to be happy and one will be pleased.

Headin' to NOLA this Thursday evening to meet up with best bud Andy and his bride Janice. Have know them for almost 40 years. Due to circumstances beyond their control they could not make the wedding, so they have never met Nancy.

We will be staying at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel and seeing music on Friday and Saturday evening. Sunday might bring on an airboat tour so we can see some gators and snakes and hear banjo music no, that was Georgia. Will be their first time there and mine also! I have been in the city the night before the cruise, but did not get a chance to do anything after our family dinner. Should be a blast!


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John-Alex Mason hails from southern Colorado and he is a unique artist.

His new album "Jook Joint Thunderclap" is a world boogie collaboration of master players from Chicagoland, Holly Springs, Guinea and Colorado.

On this project Mason added djembe, bolofon, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, bass and flos to his one-man band of kick drums, electric guitars and vocals.

During the IBC this year, John-Alex performed in a showcase and it is true that his shows are a celebration and the crowd becomes a willing participant in the performance.

What are some of those instruments John-Alex is playing? What is the driving force behind his desire to incorporate all of these sounds into his music? I will chat with John-Alex and find out these and other answers.


Then the band The Sugar Prophets will sit on The Couch.

The band, less than 18 months old and with a brand new drummer were finalists in last year’s International Blues Challenge and made their presence known to the blues world.

Josh Spence-Vocals/Harmonica, Joe Asselin-Guitar/Vocals, A.J. "Apple Jack" Williams-Guitar/Vocals, Al Chapman-Bass, Vince "Fuzz" Elam-Drums combine to create a fresh sound. They released their debut self-titled album and it is a winner. All original numbers with some tight playing and top-notch lyrics.

What is next for the band and what did they learn from their appearance in Memphis? We will discuss that and more.

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6 Of Your Sparks

  1. I don't work, nor do I work from home or in the home. Does that make me unworthy? ;)

    Your show of late has taken on a definite hue....Hmmmmmmm.........

    NOLA - a destination that is on my Bucket List. Enjoy the beignets. ;)

  2. Travis Cody Says:
  3. I'm actually not all that fussed about today being Monday. It's actually kind of a good day for me.

    Enjoy NOLA and your friends!

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. I used to play the balafon back in the EVERYBODY'S doing it...

  6. Ken Says:
  7. I think I work from home but mostly I think of work from home.

  8. SONGBIRD: I do not recall saying if you didn't work that was wrong

    TRAVIS: Of course it is a good day it is BIRTHDAY!

    PHFRANKIE: You have always been an innovator

    MICKEYT: So do you work?

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. So who did you decide on seeing when you get down here?


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