Spent the weekend in the studio working on tunes for a brand new band featuring two dudes from Memphis…Doug Wamble & me. Guitar & drums playing soulful, Memphis groove inspired originals is pretty much the gist of this thing. Oh yeah, Doug is an amazing singer, too and there will be lots of that.
We’re calling ourselves, Memphistopheles.
Stay tuned, y’all!
And this should be required reading (listening) for every drummer, everywhere…
Long live Mel.
Back in ’05, I received a phone call from my dear friend Leslie, who (at that time) was working for Craviotto Drum Co., as head of artist relations and such. She’s a very sweet person and happened to be a fan of my drumming, as well as the group I was playing with back then. It’s always nice hearing from her and on that particular day she seemed very excited and said to me, “Hey man, someone here wants to talk to you…” A few seconds later, I hear this crackly voice on the other end and then these words… “Hi George, it’s Johnny Craviotto here. Man, Leslie played me some of your stuff and I really love your drumming. I would like to build you a drum. Is that cool?” Thus began a friendship that lasted to this very day and today I have just learned of his passing and I am oh so sad he’s gone. Johnny was an incredible soul and easily one of the finest craftsman I’ve ever known.
Rest in peace, my old friend and Godspeed.
Well y’all, my favorite spot in the Yucca Valley, Rimrock Ranch, was recently sold, so I might not be posting many more pics of it but we’re sending her off to the new owners this weekend and it’s sure to be a rockin good time!
Gonna miss this place. Of course, it’s not really going anywhere, so…
Just spent five days on the road with my dear friend and superbad musician, Luther Dickinson, traveling the west coast and playing tunes from his brand new record. It was completely fulfilling in every way…
We were joined by Nashville legend, Jim Lauderdale who opened every show (which Luther and I were invited to participate in, nightly) then joined Luther and I for ours. It was so much fun!
From Portland to Los Angeles, I must have spent a total of 20+ hours behind the wheel of our van and now I need a break. I’ve got a couple of weeks off before things get crazy again and decided it’d be a good idea to go spend some down-time with Dad. So…
I’ll see y’all soon…
Johnny Craviotto is an amazing craftsman and I have owned several of his beautiful solid-shell snare drums. This man just can’t be stopped. His drums are unreal and this latest custom snare he made for me is one of the finest instruments I’ve ever seen, heard or played. It just sings! I feel incredibly fortunate to know him and own his drums. I mean, just take a look at this thing…
Craviotto Drums. Go check ’em out!