Lauren Housley Tour

i know I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks but it’s been mainly because of the run up and tour with Lauren and the band. Tonight is the last night of the tour in Sheffield. It’s been great fun and I’ve been using the Sho~Bud on this tour. Maybe if anyone’s around tonight I’ll see you there! 

 

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The last Billy Bragg show of the summer…

Woke up this morning and made the long drive back from Brighton to Manchester. The reason why was to play the last show of the summer with Billy Bragg at the Together The People festival.

We had a great show with a great audience. It’s always a pleasure to play a gig like that and a nice end to a great summer of shows. It was also great to catch up with Billy and hear about the shows he’s been playing with Joe Henry in Denmark and to talk about the next run of shows starting at the Union Chapel, London and heading up to Scottland for a short tour. 

I also took the opertunity to head to London on the way down to pick a peice of Pedal Steel Guitar history… Let’s just say Sneeky Pete would be proud. 

Stay tuned to hear more about this and shows. Don’t forget to check my out Instagram, Facebook and Twitter too!

   
 

How to turn a Pedal Steel into a Hammond Organ 

Today I’ve been working on a little mod for my Strymon Lex. An amazing guitar pedal and perfect for the Pedal Steel Guitar! I wanted to make a switch to change the speed of the rotary effect and after a few tries and burnt fingers, got it right!

A big thanks to Pedal Steel master Jon Graboff for helping me out with this one. I noticed he had made one in an interview back in 2011. He kindly gave me a lot of advice on this project.

Here’s a raw example of what it does. Feel free to comment or message me about it.

Live Nation, Lauren Housley

Last week i had the chance to play with Lauren Housley at the Live Nation office in London. We set up the same as the radio station (see previous BBC Radio post)  and played three tracks for the office workers. More exciting news from this in the future!! but, for now heres a little photo of the session… Also nice to take a small amp out for once, my cream Fender Pro Junior and Strymon Flint for a splash of Reverb.

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To Sho~Bud or not?

For a while now I’ve had an old Sho~Bud pedal steel. I’ll tell it’s story with build pictures soon but if I do that know I’ll be late for my gig!

Still don’t trust it to gig with yet so, I’ll take the Japanese made one out… It’s a bit like cars real isn’t it.
  

Catching up…

I should have started a News Blog a while ago. I’ve been very fortunate to tour a lot of places over the last few years and i’ve never really attached it in any way to my website! So, on this day off in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. I thought i’d take a break from look out at sea and make a start.

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The last couple of months have been busy. Lately i’ve been doing Solo shows with Billy Bragg, hitting up the UK festivals and theatre shows. Before that i was touring with Joel Raffael and his guitarist Terry Ware, playing U.K. shows and a great gig in Paris. With both of these artists (and the Jason Serious Band) I ended up playing 6 shows at Maverick festival, Suffolk, again! That was such a great festival and if your into Americana/Country music… make sure you go next year. In between tours I was asked to play Guitar for Nugent and Belle for two Robert Plant supports and lately working with my friend Lauren Housley, playing shows and Radio sessions…

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(Nugent & Belle, July 2015)

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(Kendal Calling, Billy Bragg, August 2015)

As for the immediate future, I’ll be finishing of shows with Billy Bragg and then into the studio to record a some Steel guitar tracks, amongst other things for other projects. Follow me here or, on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to see updates.

Chris