And One Week Later

Something new this weekend.

At Church

 
Imagine my surprise Thursday when I showed up at church band practice only to find out that we weren’t going to have a keyboard player Sunday.

I had just mentioned not that long ago that I was using a lighter setup at church than what I use on the Biscuit gigs. But with no keyboards on Sunday I ended up taking my full gig rig, sans amplifier (the Blues Deluxe Reissue I use there belongs to the church).

The Sunday morning practice went well but the first service music was a train wreck. ‘Nuff said there. Second service went much better.

Will I use the full rig again at church? Don’t know just yet. We pretty much always have a keyboard player so it’s not like I need it to broaden the sound.

Coming Up

 
The band will be playing twice this coming Saturday. Early afternoon we’re playing at a private party for a couple of hours. Later on (5-9) we play the Saturday Deck Party at the New Bern Hilton. These are always fun, and this will probably be our last one this summer.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

Cold Biscuits and Hot Praise

It’s been a great weekend!

Saturday

 
Yesterday we (meaning Cold Biscuit) played the deck party at the Hilton in New Bern.  This was our fifth time this summer.  All in all it was a good gig.  We had some competition from down the street at Farmers Market, but we had the breeze off the river to help us out.

Lately I’ve been bringing my guitar synth to the gigs, and I’m getting more comfortable using that.  I’ve had it a long time, but haven’t used it until recently for a couple of years.  And the last couple of years that I did use it was as a tone generator for my keyboard and wind controller.

I’ve debated adding some keyboard and wind controller back in but haven’t as yet convinced myself to do it.  Maybe later.

The guitar synth is a Roland GR-30.  I also have a Roland VG-88 that I use a lot, so I have a splitter to split off the hex pickup to both boxes.  Then I run the regular guitar pickups into a Roger Linn AdrenaLinn, and all three of the boxes (AdrenaLinn, VG-88, and GR-30) feed a little Crate mixer, then to my Fender FM212 DSP amp.

I’m getting to feel pretty good about the utility of this setup.

Sunday

 
This morning I played at church (New Song United Methodist Church).  The style of music played here took some adaptation on my part, and, I’m sure, on the part of the musicians I’m playing with there.  But God is good, and he provides for all our needs.

The setup I use at church right now is lighter than what I gig with.  I use the VG-88 only and play through a Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue.  Oh, yeah, I have an Ernie Ball volume pedal that I use in both setups.  And my one guitar is a Samick thin hollow body that I’ve used the last 15 or so years.

All In All

 
That’s it for now.  More later.