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 ...

Pedalboard Rebuild – May 2012 6

Pedalboard Rebuild - May 2012
Over the past week I’ve completed another full rebuild of my guitar pedalboard. This seems to be a once-every-18-months activity for me. Like Sisyphus, I have an endless repetitive task, all in the eternal quest for tone. I’ve been planning for this rebuild for a few months, and have been purchasing some new pedals. Given that ...

The World’s Foremost Five-Member Quartet

The World's Foremost Five-Member Quartet
The Dudley Manlove Quartet is preparing for a few very nice public shows this year. We’ll be playing at the Tractor Tavern on Saturday 5/26 for our annual 80s extravaganza, and we’re also booked for New Year’s Eve at the Triple Door. More shows are coming soon!

Thoughts On The 3/10 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance

On Saturday 3/10 The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at the Triple Door in Seattle. The band usually performs at the Triple Door at least one per year. This particular show was a celebration of our 17th anniversary as a band. The show was sold out weeks in advance, and we really had  strong sense of ...

Thoughts On The 3/15 1 Uppers Performance

Thoughts On The 3/15 1 Uppers Performance
On Thursday March 15 the 1 Uppers kicked off our “Third Thursday Twang Royale” at the Royale Room in Columbia City. This will be a recurring monthly event in which we will host a night of great country music with special guests joining us for the middle set. For this first occurrence our special guests ...

Practice and Performance

Over the past few months I’ve been practicing fairly intensely for 1 Uppers and Dudley Manlove Quartet performances. Both bands hold regular practices together (more so with the 1 Uppers) but I’ve also been putting in a lot of time on my own, memorizing material and working to improve the accuracy of my execution. I ...

Double The Fun

Double The Fun
In the 1 Uppers I frequently switch between my stratocaster and my Danelectro baritone guitar. Our set lists seem to always be perfectly arranged to maximize the number of times I have to switch After a recent gig at the newly opened Royal Room, I was lamenting the inconvenience of the repeated switching. I said ...

Thoughts On The 12/17 1 Uppers Performance

On Saturday 12/17 the 1 Uppers performed at The Royal Room, a new venue recently opened in Columbia City. It’s a very music-friendly room with excellent sight lines and a great sound system. Local jazz keyboardist Wayne Horvitz is one of the founders of the club, and he deliberately established it with musicians in mind. ...