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Dave Swift

Dave Swift Dave Swift is one of the highest profile bass players in the UK. For the past twenty-five years, he has been the bass player for “Later…with Jools Holland,” a very popular British music show. As part of the house band, Dave has the opportunity to play with a wide array of established and upcoming talent.  He[…]>>

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Featured Artist: Mike Pulke

Artist Spotlight: Mike Pulke Mike Pulke is a well-known Southern Illinois musician who has been playing in bands since his teen years. A longtime Sadowsky player who elevates every group he plays with, Mike is currently holding down the low end with the Eli Tellor Band. We talked to Mike about his Sadowskys, how he likes his basses set up, and his influences. How[…]>>

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Under African Skies

I was recently invited to a screening of a new film called Under African Skies……a documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album and tour.  The film focuses on the origin of the music and the political controversy that surrounded it.   It is a wonderful film and I highly recommend it.  The[…]>>

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Rickey Minor

The first time Rickey came to my shop was about 23 years ago.  He had just become Whitney Houston’s musical director at the age of 30 (she was 26).  Rickey began working with Whitney when he was 22 and she was 18.  I remember him coming in with his wife Karen and their son Sean[…]>>

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The Secret of Stradivari

Every few years, an article appears somewhere in the universe claiming to have discovered the “secret” of Antonio Stradivari.   Sometimes it is the varnish, sometimes the climate in which the wood was dried, and sometimes some other voodoo assumption. I have always maintained there is no “secret”.  Just the combination of good materials, good[…]>>