Pebbles Blog

PEBBLES ON THE BEACH

Jim Pugh, founder of Little Village, records artists and helps connect them to the broader musical community and to their own. “It’s like pebbles on the beach. You pick up one and it’s beautiful, but when you hold four together the commonality emerges. It’s breathtaking, and the bigger picture of what America really sounds like leaps out at you.” More here from Jim on his blog, Pebbles on the Beach.

BB KING / BUDDY EBSEN

I had the good fortune to have played on a recording for BB King back in the early 90’s. Honor to have done it but for sure it’s a cred that lots and lots of musicians can claim. Mister King made 100’s of recordings and probably hired 1000’s of musicians. As I recall Albert Collins [...]

BB KING / BUDDY EBSEN 2017-06-27T07:11:57+00:00

MORE THAN 10 BUT NOT 20

That’s how many of them there were standing with him outside Mother’s Cafeteria. We shook hands but one of his buddies had to remind me that we’d met before. More than once. I hate when that happens. Anyway, Tulane coeds. More than 10 but not 20. And all of them were drunk. More than a [...]

MORE THAN 10 BUT NOT 20 2017-06-27T07:14:02+00:00

NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2016

Mariachi Mestizo From Delano, Ca. If you live in California you drive a lot. I drive a lot. On a noticeably warm Sunday afternoon this past fall I pointed the car inland towards Visalia, driving up 101 past Templeton, over the hill at Paso Robles and then right at Fresno down to Visalia. Woodlake actually. You probably haven’t [...]

NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2016 2017-06-27T07:16:02+00:00

THE HAMMOND B3 ORGAN

The Hammond B3 has been the organ of choice since Jimmy Smith popularized it as a jazz instrument in the 1950’s. There were some before him but really it’s mass secular popularity started around then. Before that time it had been a mainstay of the church, mostly Baptist churches. Combined with the Leslie tremolo cabinets [...]

THE HAMMOND B3 ORGAN 2017-06-27T07:16:40+00:00

MARIACHEROS IN DELANO, CA

Mariacheros resting after an evening’s performance in Delano, Ca. Ole! I’m excited for the new year and looking forward to informing you all about the projects that will be happening. This cross cultural music platform we’ve created really does build empathy. Simply put, I’ve see it with eyes and heard it with my own ears. [...]

MARIACHEROS IN DELANO, CA 2017-06-27T07:17:08+00:00

PLAYING MUSIC AND DRIVING A CAR 2015

I can fit all I need in my 2006 ScionXB. A piano and an organ. An amp, site stands and seat. Cords. A shoebox full of cds. And then some clothes in a bag with a couple ironed shirts and maybe a jacket that I’ll hang in the back. Now that makes it pretty full. [...]

PLAYING MUSIC AND DRIVING A CAR 2015 2017-06-27T07:17:35+00:00

VIDEO: HOW DO YOU BECOME A GREAT GUITAR PLAYER?

Steep yourself in gospel quartet music. Ask 16 year old Kingfish Ingram. I had the pleasure of playing with him 3x at The Waterfront Blues Festival over the Fourth of July Weekend. He’s a big Jubu Smith fan. He’s a big Spanky Alfred fan. And Lee Williams. And The Lumzy Sisters. Kingfish is a huge [...]

VIDEO: HOW DO YOU BECOME A GREAT GUITAR PLAYER? 2017-06-27T07:22:17+00:00

VIDEO: MIXTEC ON A FRIDAY NIGHT IN SANTA MARIA, CA

In Santa Maria last Friday I heard Mixtec spoken for the first time. Esperanza Salazar translated from Mixtec into English and replica swiss. It was an amazing evening of music and conversation.

VIDEO: MIXTEC ON A FRIDAY NIGHT IN SANTA MARIA, CA 2017-06-27T17:18:27+00:00

ISLAMIC PRAYER IN GOLETA, CA

Bear Erickson and I recently attended a weekly prayer service at The Islamic Society of Santa Barbara which is held at The Goleta Community Center every Friday at 1:20pm. I had called earlier and spoke with representative Mansoor Hassain . He met us when we arrived, we took off our shoes and sat on the [...]

ISLAMIC PRAYER IN GOLETA, CA 2017-06-27T07:24:42+00:00