Morning Star – May/June 2014 Edition

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MAY 29, 2014

Hello From Austin!

Howdy to all of you from Austin, TX. I’m out on tour with Jimmy Buffett as we speak, with a day off to tool around a bit. We just finished a few weeks of rehearsals for this year’s JB tour called “This One’s For You.” After rehearsals and on days off I’ve been running along the river (where the bats fly) and enjoying this delightfully weird Capitol of Texas town. It’s got a ton of venues for live music and a bustling nightlife that pack areas such as 6th Street with the clubbing crowd. It’s a busy river city with sculling teams, kayakers and excursion boats. It’s a foodie town with great restaurants and food trucks round every corner. We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy it with a surprisingly green and mild early summer. We play Houston tomorrow and then here in Austin on Saturday night at Austin 360 Amphitheater.

Brendan Mayer single and EP Release

Photo credit:  Kibru Senbetta

 

The Austin show will be a special show for me in that Brendan, my son, will be joining us on stage to perform! He spent time with us at rehearsal and we had a blast learning some of the show songs together, as well as his song “Getaway Car.” He’s been writing and recording and getting ready to release an EP that will soon be released on Mailboat Records. Check out more info at https://www.facebook.com/brendanmayermusic.

Photo credit:  Kibru Senbetta

Peter Mayer Shows

I’m looking forward to a music filled weekend in St. Louis with the whole Peter Mayer Group including R. Scott Bryan on percussion, Miles Vandiver on drums, Zeb Briskovich on bass, Chris Walters on keyboards, Maggie Estes on Violin and Brendan Mayer on guitars and vocals. Brendan will also be doing an opening set with his band. This group of musicians is absolutely thrilling to play with live. The weekend will mix and match musical settings with three very different shows. Friday night we gather at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill in University City. Called the Duck Room for the famous Chuck Berry duck walk (he’ll be performing there a couple nights after we play) it’s a rockin’ live music venue. For this show I asked for your set list requests and got a truck load of them! I’m happy to say many of you are very specific about the PMG songs you’ve got to hear. We assembled the whole set out of your requests and will have some fun with that. On Saturday, I will be at Mozingo Music for a Guitar/Songwriting/all-things-music clinic with Brendan. We’re going to approach it doing some playing, talking, and inviting some of you up with your questions and comments. On Sunday, we are playing two services at First United Methodist Church in O’Fallon Illinois, which is just across the river. This will be a “Stirrin’ Up The Water” concert/service. I’m throwing out a warm welcome to some of our out of town fans who are making the trip to St. Louis for the entire weekend. We’ll see you soon. For details on all these shows please visit our website at www.petermayer.com.

Hole and a String – Rosewood and Cedar Cote

Whether you play piano, drums, guitar, wind, or string instrument, a tennis racquet or chisel, no matter, a common goal of those who have been dedicated enough to go through the many hours of frustration and thrills to excel at some art form, is to become one with the instrument they “play.” After a while you discover the instrument is playing you and it’s no longer; ”Look what I can do” but it has become a quest that you, for better or worse, realize has got you for life. It’s not something you finish, but something you want to keep moving toward and with. You “must” do it like you’ve got to breathe. If you happen to do it part time, or you just began doesn’t make you less of a musician, it just means you are at a different mile marker on the road, and I personally am thankful that there are people out there whose days have been made better by a Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Ravi Shankar, John Lennon, Felix Mendelsohn, and yes, Miley Cyrus. I don’t have to like it all, but I can’t deny that when music enters the room life is changed. I’ve spent a lot of time on the instrument below. Check out the wood worn away by the sound hole. It’s a Rosewood and Cedar guitar made by Gary Cote, a builder out of New Hampshire. Gary has made many fine instruments over the years, but this particular one has brought a lot of songs my way. There are different guitars for different sounds and seasons, and for many years put this one down. Out of the blue I picked it up again a year ago and it felt right at home again. This is the guitar that I used on Goodbye Hello, our Beatle song CD specifically on the “Strawberry Fields.” I got the idea for the arrangement from watching Sonny Landreth play while he toured with us as guest on the Buffett tour. The song is played with a slide and uses the tuning from the bottom; D-A-D-G-A-D. By placing the slide lightly on the strings at the 7th fret and then strumming on the left side or back side of the slide you get an eerie harmonic sound. It’s hard to control, but it is amazing when it works. Tell me about the instrument you play, and what you’ve learned. Everyone goes about it in a different way and has something to pass along to the next pilgrim on this road. Till then, happy music making!!

Roger Guth Music Update

Scotch (aka Roger Guth), has been busy writing and recording some new music. In fact, you may have already heard them on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville! Roger’s two new tunes “Summer Tan” and “Shelter Me” will be available on iTunes soon. Also, please check out his newly updated website at:http://rogerguth.com/.

Celebration in Atlanta

Little Flock Mike” Davis joined Jim, Roger and Peter for a celebratory dinner in Atlanta earlier this week.  Happy Birthday to Mike and Roger!
Hello From Austin!
Brendan Mayer single and EP Release
 
Peter Mayer Shows
Hole and a String – Rosewood and Cedar Cote
 
 
Roger Guth Music Update
Celebration in Atlanta

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June 6 The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill; St. Louis, MO
June 7 The Stage at Mozingo Music; O’Fallon, MO
June 8 First United Methodist Church; O’Fallon, IL
August 8 Private Event
August 9 Natalie’s; Worthington, OH
August 10 TBA – Columbus, OH area

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Comments

  1. Its been a long, long time…new england wants u back!

    carol on June 23rd, 2014

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