This summer, I’ve been hanging out more and more over at Redbone Guitar Boutique where Richard Turner and his gang extraordinaire have been holding a series of how-to and informative clinics from leading (and sometimes legendary) music industry players and execs.
First it was Brian Ray, followed by Rusty Anderson, who just happen to be in Sir Paul McCartney’s band. I attended Brian’s event, but had to miss Rusty’s due to travel. Last weekend, it was Fred Gretsch (yes, as in the Gretsch brand), sharing his insights on his family’s history and his personal commitment to keeping a family legacy and brand in place. (I was also amazed when Fred asked me if I followed him on twitter – you can follow him – @fredgretsch).
This coming weekend, it’s gonna be flatpicking guitar player, Brad Davis, giving a free clinic on Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Raising the bar more, Redbone is offering a chance for you to sign up for a private guitar lesson with Brad on Sunday. (there is an extra charge for this).
Brad has spent years on the road playing country with Marty Stuart, bluegrass with Earl Scruggs, newgrass with Sam Bush, Gypsy jazz with John Jorgenson, and rock with Billy Bob Thornton. For the past seven years, he has played lead acoustic guitar with Earl Scruggs and Friends, and for the past six years he has played lead electric and acoustic guitar with movie actor Billy Bob Thornton’s rock band. He spent two years (2003-2004) as the guitar player for the Sam Bush Band and also performed with John Jorgenson’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet in 2005. He occasionally performs with an exciting new bluegrass band, ‘Greenbroke’, which consists of himself, John Cowan, John Moore, and Dennis Caplinger.
Brad has worked for, or recorded with, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, The Forester Sisters, Tommy Shaw (Styx), David Lee Roth (Van Halen), Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush, Warren Zevon, and The Sweethearts of the Rodeo.. Additionally, Brad has recorded two album projects featuring Billy Bob Thornton on Mercury Records and has toured both Europe and the United States as the lead guitar player for Billy Bob Thorntons band. Brad’s two solo recordings on FGM Records “I’m Not Gonna Let My Blues Bring Me Down”, and “This World Ain’t No Child Anymore” were both released to rave reviews. He also appears on an FGM concert DVD video release “Live in Kansas City” with Cody Kilby and Tim May. He is currently the host of an upcoming television program, “Commerce County Line”, a singer/songwriter television program.
This is gonna be fun! Hope to see ya’ll there.