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New Year - New Projects and more on the Horizon 

Seems like everyone takes stock at the end of the year.  I'm no different. As I have been thinking about this blog entry over the last few weeks, I looked over my calendar from last year.  Not that I'm a gig counting kind of guy, but at the end of the year, I do like to know. 

With band gigs, orchestra jobs, fill in work and studio time... well it was a bunch.  Well over 100 services.  But that's not what excited me about this count.  As I was looking over the list of gigs and such, snapshots of memories…

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Summer Is Here! 

Got some new show for your Summertime travels!

Long Strange Night has added new shows towards the end of the summer (along with a few Festival Sets). Solar Hearts will be at an Amherst, VA festival as well as shows in both the Lynchburg and Richmond VA areas (plus a trip to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore!).  Carrington Kay have added two sets at the Chautauqua Festival in Wytheville VA along with our CD release concert at the Roanoke Symphony Green Room.  You can check out all the details on my schedule or…

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And into the new year! 

Howdy all!

And a Happy New Year - a little late.  2017 was great... now on to 2018!

New shows have gone up on the calendar - some really cool things on the horizon with Long Strange Night (including some festival events), Carrington Kay , and Solar Hearts as well as some other events and goodies.  More to come in the near future.

I have a few space open in my Lynchburg teaching studio for cello, bass (electric and upright), mandolin, uke, guitar or music theory - Contact me for availability.

If you…

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Fall is just around the corner 

And I can't wait for a little cool weather to make its way here!

There is still a lot of summer to celebrate!  New dates on the calendar - a couple of great festivals coming up for Long Strange Night (the Be Kind Festival at DeVault Winery and Long Strange Night on the Mountain celebrating Peaks of Otter Winery's 21st birthday) as well as new dates for Solar Hearts and the Eric Hollandsworth Quartet (jazz).  You can see all the new dates by visiting erichollandsworth.com/shows 

With school starting up…

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New shows, news and ... a new bass? 

Hey folks - 

Lots of news, lots of updates, and new shows added...

Its been a great summer so far for my brothers and I in Long Strange Night .  Killer show at Martin's in Roanoke on July 6th (which you can hear on archive.org a long with all of Long Strange Night's shows).  Great to catch up with old friends and new.  LSN will be announcing new shows in the next few days... so keep an eye out.

I have been asked last minute to help out the Vosbein-Magee Big Band at Salem, VA's Jazz in July festival, July…

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Summer is here! 

New music has been added to the website!  Tracks from the Eric Hollandsworth Quartet (featuring Chris Magee on trumpet, Larry Scott on drums and Butch Taylor on keys) have been added for your listening pleasure. A full recording of the evening will be available soon (check back here or on my Facebook page for updates).  A huge shout out to Jimmy's on the James in Lynchburg, VA for their continue support for live Jazz!  

Also a huge shout out to Spector Basses! Just added to my bass family a beautiful…

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Great weekend of music for sure! 

I don't often point out a specific weekend of music, or gigs or concerts... but this weekend was spectacular for a couple of reasons....

First of all, I got to play jazz ... to a packed house.... with great players... in Lynchburg.    For you local folks, let that sink in.  

The Eric Hollandsworth Quartet, featuring Dr. Chris Magee on trumpet, Bill Purcell on Drums, and Lew Taylor on Keys, played one of my favorite venues -Jimmy's on the James.  Jimmy's is known for its history of supporting live jazz and we…Read more

A day late ... but still 

Its a day late (according to the calendar) for giving thanks... but.....

Thank you to my students, both in my private studio and at Sweet Briar College - It is through you that I find myself still hungering to learn.

Thank you to my friends and family that support me in this crazy world of music - it is through you that I find my anchor.

Thank you to the venues and organizations that hire me - It is through you that I find my audience.

Thank you to my audiences - through you I find my art

and finally ...

Thank…Read more

More Dates and new Video 

New dates have been added to my calendar - including shows in Roanoke with Long Strange Night and the James Chamber Players Holiday Concert at Oakwood Country Club in Lynchburg, VA.

If you head over to the Long Strange  Night website (www.longstrangenight.com ) you can check out some new recordings as well as new video from our visit to the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd, VA this past summer. 

I have a few lesson spots available Mondays and Tuesdays for Cello, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Beginning Guitar and…Read more

Some Goings On 

It's been a great, albeit hot summer - both weather wise and musically.  I wanted to take an opportunity to give the ubiquitous shout outs to the guys and gals I have the pleasure to work with - the guys in Long Strange Night , my own personal Blues Brothers, the Tommy Cox Band,  C Hewat Music (formally Season3),  all the katz and kittens from the Sway Katz Big Band, and all the other musicians that I get a chance to work with here and there. I would like to thank Spector Bass as well  for all their…Read more

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Sway Katz Private Event


Long Strange Night on the Mountain IV

Peaks of Otter Winery, 1218 Elmos Rd , Bedford VA

What started as the Winery's 21st birthday party in 2017 continues on and is now an annual trip into a Long Strange Night. Join us jamming to some funky beats at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spend the Night - DUI's are expensive!

Live music by LONG STRANGE NIGHT. Food and Craft Vendors and of course lots of Wine! Bring your own blankets , chairs or even couches! Grab a camping ticket while they last and stay the night.

GA TIckets - Advanced $10 - at the Gate -$12 Primitive Camping Space - Advanced $10 - at the Gate $12 Primitive RV or Camper Space - Advanced $30 - at the Gate $40

Kids are welcome! Ages 10 and up require GA ticket Ages 9 and Under FREE Rain or Shine event No outside alcohol please per ABC regulations


Crooked Road Jazz Trio @ The Summer Tea/Garden Party in Grayson County

A GARDEN PARTY WITH A TWIST - Dream Rock Silo & Suites, 664 Saddle Creek Rd, , Independence, VA

The spectacular “Garden Party With A Twist” returns to Dream Rock Silo & Suites in Independence on Saturday, August 7th (2pm – 4pm). You are invited to an informal, country-chic garden party featuring the cool jazz of the Crooked Road Jazz Trio and delicious appetizers and sweet treats. Guests will be able to tour the Dream Rock gardens throughout the afternoon and have the opportunity to take their chances on a fun raffle which includes jewelry, an art quilt, gift baskets and more. The afternoon is hosted by Rebecca Arrington, Linda Cooley, Boni Faith Haynes, Ashley Jurney, Brenda Lindsey, Katie Lipe, Carol Morris, and Ann Watson with the gracious support of Karen and Bill Simpson. Karen and Bill are the owners Dream Rock Silo & Suites, an idyllic get-away located in the heart of Grayson County. Tickets for the Arts Council’s “Garden Party with a Twist” are $20/person – gentlemen and ladies are both welcome! To RSVP, please call The Arts Council at 276-238-1217. Tickets may be purchased in advance via “The Box Office” on this website. Cash, Checks and Credit Cards will also be accepted at the door.

**We ask that unvaccinated guests wear a face mask or shield. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event space.


Lou Madsen Quartet @Mountain Lake - Private Event


Private Event - Four Seasons String Quartet


Four Seasons String Quartet - Private event


Carrington Kay @ Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, , Williamsburg, VA 23185

VIRGINIA FOOD FESTIVAL Festival included with park admission.

A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie, enjoying the 43 specialty entrees and desserts from around the world, 35 different wines, 33 craft beers, 30 unique cocktails and 11 specialty beverages that are available for purchase at over fifteen themed kiosks located throughout the park.