Summer has been busy so far with an 11 day trip with Long Road Home playing festivals in Pueblo, Gettysburg, teaching a week long camp in Pagosa, and various other music related activities.  In between all of that I managed to finally get some new music posted . . . My solo record, which I released in high school, is now available through my website.  While it feels a bit like an embarrassing photo from my childhood, it is something that I am proud of and feel like it captures a period in time quite nicely.  I also posted a couple solo fiddle tunes that I recorded on my own this week.  They aren’t meant to be an example of brilliant fiddle playing; just a showcase of the tunes as well as the instrument that they were recorded on.  If you’re interested, you can find those here.

I’m trying to figure out the nuts and bolts that will be required in creating a new format for offering instructional materials online, and hoping that I will be able to start posting things of that sort in the very near future.  Head over to the contact page and drop me a line if you have any ideas of things that you would be interested in hearing me cover regarding fiddle playing / music in general.  The idea is to start with a couple fiddle tune melodies and show how I would expand upon them and turn them into more interesting musical statements.  For a low price you would be able to download a recording of me playing the tune, rhythm tracks to practice with, slow examples, segments broken down for easier learning, PDF files of sheet music, and possibly a video or two of explanation and teaching.

This Sunday I am getting together with Martin Gilmore (Long Road Home) and spending the day beginning recording on a duo album.  We’re hoping to get that finished up and released sometime this summer.  Check back for some sneak previews as well as photos and such.

– Justin