It was a great year on the road and I got back to some of my favorite places, including two trips to Germany. I dubbed this the “Sturm und Twang” tour, and I had a great time touring once again with Ulli Bögershausen and Laurence Juber. It was spargel season (spargel is a white asparagus that I went crazy for and ate nearly every day) and Germany was beautiful as always.
In Frankfurt, I saw reruns of Hogan’s Heroes on TV, dubbed in German, no kidding. The German audiences were just great, and I hope to get back soon.
From Germany we traveled to Italy where I played an afternoon concert at the Acoustic Guitar International Meeting in Sarzana. It was great seeing my friends in Sarzana, truly a beautiful city. Alex de Grassi was there and played brilliantly as always. Later Alex and I traveled to Como for a concert together for a typically warm and enthusiastic Italian audience.
Summer found me at guitar camp again, with return trips to the National Guitar Workshop and Fur Peace Ranch. Also made the first of what I hope to be many appearances at the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week in North Carolina and really had a great time there. Looking forward to another round of guitar camps in ’05. As I write this I have two new recording projects underway and the first of these, a blues based record, should be out in early ’05. I’ve been writing up a storm here in the studio and look forward to getting lots of new material out there soon, including some new tunes on the Weissenborn and a collaboration or two. Stay tuned.
The following folks have been great friends to me and have made my job much easier and way more enjoyable. Thanks to Larry Dalton, Joe Barbieri and all at Fishman Transducers, D’Addario Strings, Dick Boak at Martin Guitar Co., Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen, Al Petteway, Marcus Vichert, Andy Marshall and Ed Degenaro at THD Electronics, Breedlove Guitars, Tim Sullivan and Kelli Bertram. Thanks to all of you who’ve come out to concerts and workshops, bought my records and books and generally supported my creative endeavors. I am grateful for your support. I hope to see you on the road somewhere.
Wishing you love and music,-Ed