The 1 Uppers : First Gig

The 1 Uppers : First Gig
Last night the 1 uppers played our first gig. It was a lot of fun and many wonderful friend came down to Ballard to observe the mayhem. It went pretty well for a debut, with the usual sorts of furtive starts / stops and a trainwreck or two (but what kind of country band wouldn’t ...

Darker… Then Some Daylight 1

Well, as I expected, yesterday got a little darker. Then came the sunlight. More specifically… I was laid off. And then went outside, blinking and bewildered at my sudden freedom, into the bright sunshine. Fortunately, I’m surrounded by kindness and love. I have really great friends and a wonderful wife. And in truth, I’m in a ...

Dark Days… 1

They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. Or something like that. Hopefully that’s true. Today feels pretty dark… update ahead…

… Jokers To The Right 2

... Jokers To The Right
Last night after practice with The 1 Uppers, the band decided to head up the Red Door for a quick beer before heading home. And of course, the bar was full of clowns. Apparently some kind of SeaFair activity has just wrapped up, and the SeaFair clowns had also decided a beer or two was ...

Intonation On Guitars – Is It Really In Tune? 2

As guitarists and bassists develop better technique, we often discover there seem to be tuning inconsistencies with our instruments that can’t be addressed by plugging into a tuner. Over the years that I’ve played, I have discovered that there is an inherent problem with all of my instruments in a certain portion of the fretboard range. In the ...

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 7/18 (Bite of Seattle)

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 7/18 (Bite of Seattle)
The Preons played at the Bite of Seattle this weekend, which was a treat. We performed on the Fisher Pavilion Stage, managed by my longtime friend “Buddha”, who regularly worked as stage manager for Jumbalassy at various festivals. Working with a totally pro crew is a blast! We had more audio power than we could ...

Preons at the Bite of Seattle

If you’re headed to the Bite of Seattle this weekend, take an early break and catch the Preons on the Fisher Pavilion stage, Friday at 1:00 PM. We’ll be rocking the Seattle Center, and the weather is expected to be nice too. Come on down!

Thoughts On The Preons Gig 7/12

Our gig at the West Seattle Street Fair was a lot of fun. I did successfully stake out the shady side of the stage (sorry Brad!) and got my gear set up without issue. I decided to play direct without using any effects since the PA was pretty powerful, it would be the first time ...

Preons At The West Seattle Street Fair

If you happen to be our and about tomorrow, come on out to the West Seattle Street Fair and hear the Preons play. We’ll be appearing on the North stage at 12:30 PM. The weather should be nice this weekend, and this is a very nice street fair. I used to live in West Seattle ...

Tube Sox In The Playoffs

Last night we successfully came from behind and prevailed in our first playoff game! It was an extra-innings contest against a fairly good team, and through a combination of good hitting and solid fielding we found a way to win. Of course, the game didn’t start until 9:15 PM (!) so we weren’t done playing ...