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General Discussion / The end of this era.
« on: September 09, 2021, 01:29:06 PM »
Good day everyone.   

At some point in the near future (hopefully early November)  I am going to cancel the registration of this website and hosting.   It has been a real blast here and the memories will be something that I cherish forever. 

Burlap and Blues and this forum is hopelessly intertwined with the side software company that my brother and I ran (Two Brothers Software).  My brother passed away 4 years ago and I don't have the knowledge or the passion to keep up his work or the website.  Financially it doesn't make sense for me to pay for everything it takes to run this anymore.  As I get closer to retirement, the less that I spend on things means the sooner I can retire.  I love you all!

I think most of you are connected with me on the facebook!  If not, certainly can find me on messenger. 

Thank you all


General Discussion / website updates etc..
« on: December 08, 2016, 12:39:30 PM »
I apologize that I didn't remember to put the update here.  The server in florida was hacked sometime with a time bomb hack.  The hack was released in  early 2014 and sat dormant until last month.  At some point it started sending out spam and the shut the offending script down, etc..

General Discussion / dang... all the kids are married off..
« on: October 03, 2016, 01:56:49 AM »
That came and went quick.   Youngest Amber is now married.   Sweet guy, but he's a drummer. 

most fun with the granddaughter...

General Discussion / College life.
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:31:32 AM »
From a college Jazz History text:

The piano players like Drag Nasty, Black Pete, Sore Dick, and Tony Jackson were playing the whorehouses.

How did Sore Dick get his name?

General Discussion / Schooling... lol
« on: August 23, 2016, 01:02:36 AM »
I started an advanced english class where a majority of the grade comes from posting and commenting on an on line forum..

does anyone remember post here for points...

Your Gigs / Gig report - Anniversary Jam.
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:39:25 PM »
The anniversary gig started out as a day from hell and went better from there.

Went with the neighbor on a 50k bike ride.  Didn't go the greatest.  The course was mostly hills and the rest stop was early in the ride. Made it 28 miles and got way overheated.  Everything went white for a while and then I thought I was out for the whole count.  Got my act together a little, drank about 1/2 gallon of gatorade and decide to push on.

Got to the gig still hot, about 95 heat index no wind.  Found out that my set was pushed back 30 minutes.  That is NO problem, because it is better than getting moved up 30 minutes or an hour.

A little about the radio station, it is a community radio station and they want all original music if possible so they have as little BMI fees as possible.  Generally you will hear no more than 1 hour of programming each day that is not professional mainstream stuff.  Which is good for me and the original music makers, because they get air play, and some of the better ones, get a significant amount of air play.   To celebrate their first anniversary, they invited all the best of the bands to play.   

This group the "Twang Dragons" went on at 3.  The sun was beating down still and there were about 18 people in the crowd.  Played amazing orginal country.   They have a funny song with the lyrics  where it a back and forth between the lady singer and the guy signer 

Lady: "I drink because I love you"
Guy "I love you because I drink"
Lady "Who says size doesn't matter, you have the biggest liver that I have ever seen" 

I didn't get any pictures of the guy that pushed me back, because at that point, the band playing at 8 told me their guitar player couldn't make it and they asked me to fill in their set.  Six original songs that I had only heard and never played.     So we wrote down the keys of the songs that they were playing.   

The guy playing before me was more like a 70's lounge singer with a weak voice.  Good music just not very upbeat.   So then I come into the picture playing guitar rock/blues/jazz

Had my neighbor run a fog machine for effect

Played very hard and intense.  45 minute set that ended early because I blew a fuse during the last song.  It was really funny, all of the sudden the whole stage went quiet.  Everything was getting intense and loud and then silent......   

Yes BH that is the 1970 lefty strat all original.   I loved these guys, not that they were technically the best, but they were very tight and had tons of energy and got the crowd going.

This band played boogie woogie and polka.  Started their set by slamming another popular local band.   Played amazing but talking crap about another band is bad bad news in my book.

The the fill in... That group is called Pancake Riot.  It was amazingly fun.   Had to constantly inconspicuously look at the guitar players for chord changes.   In the end it sounded really really good!

Today I feel like a train ran over me.  My Fitbit recorded 281 active minutes.

Your Gigs / From dead to active.
« on: June 12, 2016, 12:23:05 PM »
So this summer has started out pretty dead.  I have a new job so I really can't do too much.  So 2 weeks ago I thought I had 3 for the summer.  The big one being next Saturday at the one year anniversary of the radio station *that one that is playing my music.

So last week I had a practice/audition as a fill in.  They had one gig as a fill in, and now there may be 4 or 5 more for the summer, big festivals.  All fairly simple stuff to pick up, just a song or two I have to learn specific lead parts.  Things always go that way for me, super slow or super busy. 

Your Gigs / this pic is worth a thousand words.
« on: April 24, 2016, 03:47:23 AM »


General Discussion / Beaker make it big.
« on: April 04, 2016, 11:17:28 PM »
I see that he has been giving lessons to Nick Jonas (right around the 30 second mark)

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Your Gigs / Benefit for Special Olympics
« on: March 24, 2016, 02:11:41 AM »
Got a 2 hour solo done tonight, to benefit Special Olympics.  These kind of gigs are always great for me, because supporters gobble up my card and start booking me for paying gigs.  This was a neat one because it was done in a event hall at the local hospital so plenty of Docs, Nurses and other assorted bigwigs were there enjoying the food and music.  Unhappy that I blew one song, but no one would have known it.  It was Joe Satrianis Ten words.... Maybe I need to cut back to 9...

General Discussion / Gibson downgraded and selling off property.
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:25:08 PM »

Listings come three weeks after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Gibson's credit rating.  Looks like Gibson, who has put a great deal of stock in Guitar Center selling their instruments is coming up a little short.  Gibson and Little Caeser may go down, each pulling the other down, which is sad, because the 2016 Gibson models are day and night better than the 15's.  They may just be too late. 

"Guitar maker Gibson Brands has put its 1.62-acre real estate portfolio near downtown Nashville up for sale, a move that comes amid strong developer interest in projects in that area called the North Gulch.

Commercial real estate firm CBRE is handling the listing, which includes 1.12 acres fronting Church Street and 12th Avenue North. That site includes a four-story, 33,864-square-foot warehouse on 0.28 acres at 1117 Church St., as well as adjacent land on Church Street and also at 134 and 138 12th Ave. N."

General Discussion / It has been awfully quiet around here.
« on: March 07, 2016, 01:58:15 PM »
Few updates..

The custom shop strat I was looking at still sits on the wall at a guitar center overpriced.  It has been on the wall in their used department a year.  Played it and the thing is ming but they are asking about 300 over what it should be going for.   It was the first time ever that GC wouldn't budge a penny. My guess is that someone put too much money into it. 

Band was in the recording studio yesterday.  That was interesting.   We recorded six songs in 4 hours.  Want a demo CD and we will get a decent one. 

Going to be working on a new solo CD once things quiet down at work.

Finally, the open mic had a decent article in the paper about our little jam.

General Discussion / Guitar Center Employee - Interesting read.
« on: February 12, 2016, 07:51:01 PM »
Guitar Center Tells Employees To Sign Arbitration Agreements Or Lose Their Jobs

Employees of the music equipment retailer Guitar Center have been told they must sign mandatory arbitration agreements or they will lose their jobs.  The agreement, a copy of which was obtained by The Huffington Post, forces employees to relinquish their rights to sue the company in class action lawsuits over wage violations, workplace discrimination and unjust firings, among other disputes.

Sean Lynch, a sales employee at the company's Las Vegas store, said he and his colleagues were told they must sign the agreement by end of day Friday or they forfeit their jobs.      "It was imposed on us and we have absolutely no choice," Lynch told HuffPost.

Arbitration agreements have become highly controversial for the way they hamstring employees and weaken their legal power. By sending disputes to an arbitrator, they force workers to pursue their claims individually and outside of court, preempting any collective action. And even though they're supposed to be neutral third parties, arbitrators are often cozy with the companies that workers are squaring off with, as The New York Times detailed in a recent series.

A Guitar Center spokeswoman said the company declined to comment.

Corporations are increasingly demanding that employees and consumers agree to mandatory arbitration, whether signatories realize it or not. Nowadays, the clauses are often tucked into welcome packets as boilerplate for new hires to sign. But in the case of Guitar Center, it appears the new policy is being imposed suddenly on longtime employees like Lynch, who says he's worked for the company for seven years.

The Las Vegas resident said he and his co-workers learned about the agreements in December when they signed in to do routine computer training. The PowerPoint-style sessions are usually devoted to matters like music equipment or workplace safety, he said. But in this case, the session was all about arbitration, and why it was good for the company and the worker.

In a question-and-answer sheet on the new policy, Guitar Center says that going to an arbitrator is "less costly, less formal, friendlier and faster" than going through the courts. The document assures a "fair and impartial process," and notes that Guitar Center will pick up the tab for the arbitration (though not for the employee's lawyer, if he or she chooses one). The company is clear that the agreement is mandatory:

As a condition of new or continued employment, all new and current associates are required to electronically acknowledge and agree to be bound by the Arbitration Program and related agreement.
Lynch said he has been circulating a petition in his store that he intends to submit to management on Friday. He plans to sign the arbitration agreement, but not without protest. He said he can't afford to lose his job.

"My main concern with it is that it's 'do it or else,'" Lynch said.

Guitar Center has been wrapped up in a nasty labor dispute with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which provided the arbitration documents to HuffPost. In 2013, RWDSU won elections at three Guitar Center stores, including Las Vegas, but the union is still without a contract at any of them. The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board accused the company of refusing to bargain in good faith, leading to a recent two-week trial. A decision hasn't yet been issued.

Liz Vladeck, a lawyer with Cary Kane LLP who represents the union, said she questions the legality of Guitar Center requiring its employees to sign such a document. Although federal courts have ruled different ways on the issue, the NLRB has declared that such mandatory agreements illegally infringe on a worker's right to "protected concerted activity" with colleagues.

While Guitar Center's agreement says workers can still pursue certain claims, such as unemployment insurance or workers' compensation, the language rules out a strikingly broad array of situations -- including "any other violation of federal, state or local law."

"We're analyzing the agreement in light of the labor board's recent cases. We're considering filing a new charge and pursuing a new round of action," Vladeck said. "What's great is a lot of workers have been individually protesting. They're organizing themselves."

General Discussion / Front page of the paper
« on: February 10, 2016, 12:02:49 AM »

without being an axe murder.   dang.

General Discussion / The band at the awards ceremony.
« on: January 31, 2016, 01:27:06 AM »

Cool beans for BH.  1968 lefty strat all original.  Beat the living hell out of.  Bought new in 69.  Maple chipped all over the place and still sounds as sweet as the day it left the factory.

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