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ARCHIVE NEWSLETTER

 
July 1, 2011
 
 
Hi Everyone,
 
I am so excited about the new CD "Three Kings", and am even more excited to report that it hit #1 on Amazon's Contemporary Blues Chart.  (Buy from Amazon or Download). Thank you all so much for your amazing suppot...I really hope you have as much fun listening to it as we had recording it.  My manager, Bud Harner, and I co-produced the record in Brooklyn, NY in February and just had a blast.  It was such a great hang and I feel so privileged to have been able to work with such incredible musicians.  We had special appearances by a couple of my all-time favorite guitar players, Sonny Landreth and Robben Ford...thanks so much to both of you guys for adding your talents to the record.  We had Josh Dion on drums and vocals; Andy Hess on bass, and I feel so lucky to have been able to record and hang with the inimitable Henry Butler...brilliant piano player and just a truly gifted blues singer and all-round cool cat!
 
  While recording the record I started having a little trouble with my right eye.  I tried to ignore it, but the condition worsened.  Oddly enough, I was working with Henry, who coincidentally is blind.  After the recording and trips to several of NY's top eye specialists, I was diagnosed with a collapse of the optic nerve in my right eye. It is just some random thing that can happen to people...no real reason why or real cause...just a curve ball life throws at you sometimes. 
 
So, I am slowly adjusting to this one-eyed life, learning to play baseball with my 8 year old, and slowly, carefully driving to the beach to take our crazy 6 month old puppy for a walk so he will be just a bit less crazy and traveling to do what I love doing...playing guitar.  As I always tell my kids I am so lucky that the words play and work are in the same sentence in my life.  I love what I do.  It is the other half of me that completes me...the yin, the yang...I've got family, friends and I've got amazing work with wonderful fans that support what I do.  
 
Well, things are going great...hen last week my "good eye" started getting a little wacky and unfortunately, as of this past Monday, 6/27 it appears to be following the same path that the right eye did.  OK, not what I wished for, but I hopped in a van last night with Henry, Josh & Andy and played a gig in PA.  Was it scary?  YES!!!! Was it fun?   A BLAST!!!! I have proven to myself three days into "my new life" that I can go out and do what I do...play guitar.  And even stranger, getting to spend all this time with Henry Butler who can give me the inside track on how the heck one navigates life with severely impaired vision...Just wanted to let you all know what is going on with me.  I may need a bit of time to adjust, but God willing, I have every intention of playing guitar forever and a day.
 

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