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FEBRUARY '11

2/21

It's been a busy couple weeks. Our first few dates out of Vermont with our band "Bow Thayer and Holy Plow" included club dates at Precinct in Somerville, MA and The Basement in Northampton, MA Feb 11-12. I had…

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JANUARY '11

1/16

Did I say I was playing guitar?

Each day, a little more snow and the studio is embraced in a swirl of inspiration. Between hours of shoveling and wood hauling, I'm working on parts for Julie James and also…

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DEC '10

12/28

Michael Millard and Harry Becker fixed my banjo for Christmas. Now I'm going to have to work on my frailing.

12/23

A beautifully serene day of harmonium playing and devotional songs charted my path in the studio 12/21, thanks…

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NOV '10

11/22

I think I've recovered from this weekend, which brought two very different projects into the studio and exemplified the phrase: more than one way to skin a cat. On Saturday we tackled 11 songs in a day - on…

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OCT '10

10/25

This last week brought a music business class from Lyndon State College down to Pepperbox Studio, thanks to teacher Britt Moore who followed the bread crumb trail through some of Vermont's finest back roads with a few carloads of…

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SEPT '10

I don't know if I mentioned it but my neighbors put a residential size wind turbine right in front of our house, which is causing me some consternation - the noise it makes at low speed is not ideal. I'm…

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AUGUST '10

After recovering from having too much fun at the Champlain Valley Festival, It was back to the studio with Scott Davis tweaking mixes for the last time. Yes, it is actually important to get the lead track (#1) as…

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JULY '10

A little indulgent social time in Brattleboro to kick off July, with fellow studio owner (I admit he's more than a little ahead of me on the music industry timeline) Will Ackerman and a few others who shall remain nameless…

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MAY/JUNE '10

My month of May was largely dedicated to travel, family parties and the return of gardening season. A long trip to Cincinnati by car to our friends Jeff and Diane's wedding brought musical encounters with Wild Carrot, a talented duo…

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APRIL '10

April has been a roller coaster, but I'm still hanging on. I got back from Italy and survived the NJ Transit system without getting on the wrong train and ending up in NYC. Phew. Had a great visit with my…

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MARCH '10

The month started with a field trip to I.M.A. (Institute of Musical Arts) in Goshen MA, which hosts rock and roll camps for teenage girls and a studio recording week. They started in Bodega CA, and moved their non-profit organization…

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FEBRUARY '10

This month started out with a wave of gigs with Bow and Patrick. Our acoustic trio had a short set at the Chandler Music Hall, in between some great music by The Perfect Trainwreck band and Jimmy Ryan and Tim…