The ice is starting to break up along Brick Kiln Road. The seagulls seemed happy to see me, but it may have been the fact that my pockets were full of crackers.
Update: 3/4/14 2:12 PM – less than a day and already 15,000 views! Thank you!
I wrote an article for BuzzFeed!
Rather than ramble on here about it, I’ll just sent you to the article:
Writing this was an amazing experience. The folks at BuzzFeed were very kind and professional.
Here is a video of my first BAHA being activated:
A few days ago I posted about the new banjo kit being crafted and sold by Brian Carver.
My finished Carver banjo arrived today and I am really impressed. This is an amazing little fretless banjo. The design is beautiful and the tone is really good.
I will be posting a video with my new banjo soon. I want to let the strings stretch out and give myself a day or two to explore what this instrument can do. In the meantime you can watch this video of Brian putting my banjo together.
be sure to visit the Carver Banjo web site: http://carverbanjos.com/
In other news, the bootleg copy of The How & Tao is still for sale, but at this writing there are 11 comments warning customers to buy the real thing. Thank you!
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I imagine you guys listen to National Public Radio (NPR) out in Maryland. If you do your favorite show is/was probably Car Talk with Ray and Tom Mariottsi (the tappet brothers). These two clowns owned an auto repair shop in Boston and would take call-ins for an hour every Saturday to talk to people about their car problems. They were hilarious and always got into psychology, marital counseling and the imagined technology of auto repair. If you have heard them you will understand why they are the most listened to show on NPR. Seriously these guys were Rock Stars!!!
Well one of the brothers (Tom, I think) recently passed away and now NPR has “The Best of Car Talk” on every Saturday morning. It is sad because you can’t call in anymore! Anyway my crazy idea is that your “Podcast with No Name” could very easily be adapted into a call in music show like Car Talk. Seriously you guys should be talking to NPR. I think it would be a natural expansion of your innate talent. (It would also show places like banjo hangout what great talent and laughter you bring to the great unwashed!) That means ole banjo pickers like me! NPR has to be looking for a way to fill this big hole in their programming. The Best of Car Talk shows can only last so long!
So that is my idea and I’m sticking with it!
Best to You Both,
It’s a nice thought, but I have no clue as to how or where we could pitch a show to NPR.
What I can do is what I am doing right now: putting Chuck’s note up for all to see. If you think it’s a good idea then help us. Don’t ask me how. Be creative!
The Creative-Commons licensed online edition of The How and the Tao of Folk Guitar has been moved to this new URL: http://clawhammervsfrailing.com/books/folk-guitar/folk-guitar.html
I am currently rebuilding the How-To page with links to our other free books, workshops and resources. Keep an eye on dailyfrail.com for updates.
Earlier this month I made this suggestion on Twitter (yes, I’m on twitter):
— Patrick Costello (@Dobro33H) February 2, 2015
Today I discovered that John had written a neat little banjo Valentine . . .