I'll be speaking at the Fretboard Summit Nov 6-8 along with my nephew guitarist Brady Cohan, at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, just 30 miles north of Santa Cruz!
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Raul Midon, Don't Hesitate
Great performance by Tess Dunn and Rory Freeman at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz. This evening of guitar performances was part of the The Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival. This guitar exhibit runs through March 15 at the R. Blitzer Gallery here in Santa Cruz and features the work of 20 prominent luthiers. http://www.purrgirl.com/aog/
Really STOKED my nephew Brady Cohan is the guitar player for American Idol this season!! He's been really killing it and they even let him do some acoustic tunes on his Traugott now and then. Here's a shot of him with his Model R, I guess having me as his uncle gives him a few fringe benefits. As one of his guitar-playing buddies said to me, "DAMN! my uncle is a plumber!"
Crazy things happen when Raul Midón is on stage alone. With his soaring, Stevie Wonderish voice and percussive, flamenco-inspired guitar style, he's a one-man orchestra who has created a strikingly beautiful body of original songs influenced by jazz, soul and Latin styles. - Andrew Gilbert / San Jose Mercury News 3/29/12
For those who aren't familiar with TED Talks, the goal of the TED foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share the TED experience. I was honored to give a talk for TEDx Santa Cruz and found it to be a really inspiring experience. So many great ideas! Some truly amazing people and stories, some, like one on solar power made me realize how I could and should make my own contribution. My talk is about how I see guitar making as a journey, one from the forest to the music. Please give a listen if you are interested, William Coulter plays my Model R guitar.