Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Butterfly Ball 2011

Sophia and I were invited to play at Fresh Start's huge Butterfly Ball.

It was SWANKY!!!!

It was FUN!!!

It was held right before Halloween at the Haunted Hotel Del Coronado...


Sophia is in fine voice -


Sophia got a lot of compliments -

And everybody liked my hat too -

This was a LOT of fun!

Thank you Baron Von Vordleck! Cheers!

As we gaze out over the sunset splashed Hotel Del, we thank Fresh Start Surgical Gifts for being here in San Diego and not Northern Minnesota...

Thanks again to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts!
And thank you Amanda!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Randy Disher Project

We'd like to invite Randy Disher to join Varsity Strings. Anybody know where this guy lives or if he has an agent?

Good luck RANDY! We love your work!!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Squeaky Wheel Tour 2011

My improvisation in the key of BLUEGRASS!

That's my new tie there, it's extra fancy, cost me 5 bucks -

The stage -

James Morris starts -

Jannel Rap tells us all about the Squeaky Wheel Tour.

Adam Turbiner from Ovation and Takamine Guitars explains his companies' support of the cause. Adam was really cool.

James Morris sings his new song, written especially for the tour:

Jannel sings a new song with her son, Elijah:

Kenny Eng was really good;

Thanks to Jannel Rap, James and Maria Morris, 
Adam Turbiner fron Ovation (mine played GREAT!)
and Takamine Guitars!

For more information about the Tour, click on:

Led Zep with Michael Winslow

Gotta Love This . . .

More Michael -

Crocodile Michael -

Now back to Varsity Strings!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Squeaky Wheel Practice

I was up pretty late last night because my roommate at UCSD was talking outside my door until 2:00am! Then he slept in until 12 noon the next day the LAZY SLUG! So I'm pretty beat. And I just did a math midterm the night before - but maybe that's what the blues is all about anyway.

Here's me improvising on an old classic...
Imagine this on an acoustic/electric Takamine, through a big amp,
with me dressed in my best Western duds and pick holsters...

See you at the Squeaky Wheel Tour, 2011!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Takamine on Squeaky Wheel Tour

I can play any Takamine guitar I want to on the Squeaky Wheel Tour.
They'll just give me one, for free.

So I think I'll play THIS ONE! . . .

It's a solid spruce/mahogany with a deep indigo burst finish and has inlaid Japanese Koi swimming around the edges, with gold gift braid circling the sound hole and more Koi swimming up the fingerboard! All gold and pearl hardware, Palathetic Pickup with a Cool Tube on-board Preamp.

I mean, if it's FREE, I'll TAKE ONE! 
Here's to Takamine, Gold Hardware, and Koi Fish!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Squeaky Wheel Tour Hits San Diego

On October 22nd I'll be performing with some friends at the San Diego stage of the Squeaky Wheel Tour. This is a giant international effort to identify and find missing people around the globe. At each tour stop, flyers are distributed that have photos and information about people who have been missing from their families and friends. So far, thousands of people have been found this way!...

Squeaky Wheel Tour
Free Concert at Guitar Trader!
7120 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
For information call (858) 565-8814
Saturday, October 22nd 3-5:00pm
- Lineup -
Jannel and Elijah Rap
James Morris
Tim Foley from Skelpin
Emma Rosa and the Band
Torrey Mercer
Max MacMillan
Kenny Eng
Justin Linn


Click here to visit Indie
Click here to visit Ovation
Click here to visit
Click here to visit Roland
Planet LA Records
Click here to visit Music Connection Magazine

Contact Tour Organizer GINA at:
GINA For Missing Persons 
P.O. Box 627, Anaheim, CA 92815

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Here he is, introducing the new Freddy Mercury!

(And we love the mic moves, Mark!)

In the van, between gigs:

 Thanks to the amazing Mark Martel!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jos Sings The Blues

Jocelyn "Jos" Fairman is a great teenage singer from Hamilton, Canada.
We don't know anything else about her except she likes the same songs we do and she can SING REALLY WELL!!!!

"Natural Woman" at the Ancaster Fair's Got Talent event:

This is a great Adele song, we have to get Sophia to give it a try:

And how cool are these guitarists? They seem to be the only ones in their High School Guitar Club, DEJA VU!!!!

Good luck to Jos, and keep singing up there! 
Anytime you are in San Diego you can play with us!!!