Prepping for upcoming gigs – an approach to decoding and transcribing

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few weeks preparing for upcoming shows with both of my bands. In the case of the Dudley Manlove Quartet, many of our songs are requests from customers who hire us for private events. Those requests tend to us to recreate a specific arrangement of a song. ...

Dudley Manlove Quartet : Roaring into 2013

Dudley Manlove Quartet : Roaring into 2013
We’re most definitely ready for 2013. Things are moving ahead with bookings for the band and we’re putting together a great schedule of shows in night clubs. This is my 4th year as a member of The Dudley Manlove Quartet and it’s a great experience to work with such fine musicians who also happen to be great ...

Thoughts On The 12/31 DMQ New Year’s Eve Shows

Thoughts On The 12/31 DMQ New Year's Eve Shows
On Monday 12/31 The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed two shows at the Triple Door in Seattle. The shows were separately ticketed events and both shows were hugely full… we sold out one of them, and came within a dozen seats of selling out the other. What a night! Our set list for the two shows ...

Thoughts On The 10/27 Dudley Manlove Quartet “Halloween Spooktacular” Performance

Thoughts On The 10/27 Dudley Manlove Quartet
On Saturday 10/27 The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed our annual “Halloween Spooktacular” show. This year’s performance was at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard, one of our favorite local venues. For the Halloween show we perform our usual three-set show, but for the middle set we pay tribute to some other band by dressing up as ...

Prepping for the DMQ Halloween Spooktacular

This past weekend I spent 10 hours transcribing and practicing my guitar parts for the upcoming DMQ Halloween Show. We are adding six new songs plus bringing back some favorites. For the new additions I had to start the with the song in the original recorded key and transpose it to an appropriate key for ...

Thoughts on the 9/15 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance… and some amp woes

Thoughts on the 9/15 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance... and some amp woes
On Saturday 9/15 the Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at a private event in Seattle. We arrived on time and loaded in for sound check. When I picked up my trusty Boogie Lonestar to set it up, I noticed the 5U4 rectifier tube wasn’t seated in its socket, so I pushed it back in. Then I ...

Thoughts on the 9/14 1 Uppers Performance

Thoughts on the 9/14 1 Uppers Performance
After months of anticipation, the 1 Uppers CD was released on 9/14. We held the CD release event at one of our favorite local venues, The Tractor Tavern in Ballard. They have been very supportive of local music over the years and it was a pleasure to celebrate this CD release in their space. It ...

Thoughts on the 8/24 Dudley Manlove Quartet performance… and some amp woes

Thoughts on the 8/24 Dudley Manlove Quartet performance... and some amp woes
On Friday 8/24 the Dudley Manlove Quartet performed in Bothell for one of their free public concerts in the park. I love these opportunities for us to play outdoors and it’s always fun to get exposed to new audiences. We played the usual assortment of crowd-pleasing hits, despite having to set up on the infield ...

Thoughts On The 8/13 1 Uppers Practice

Thoughts On The 8/13 1 Uppers Practice
The 1 Uppers get together every week for a 2+ hour practice session. We’ve kept to this schedule pretty faithfully since the band’s inception. It gives us an opportunity to work on new material and polish up any rough spots from recent shows. It’s also our communal time to form the hive-mind that is at ...

Thoughts On The 8/11 Dudley Manlove Performance

Thoughts On The 8/11 Dudley Manlove Performance
On Saturday 8/11 The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at the Kirkland Summer Festival. I have played hundreds of festival shows over the past thirty years or so, and they usually involve some surprises. One of the absolute given facets of festival events is they will run behind schedule. The band before you will almost certainly ...