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Happy New Year!

It's cold here in Colorado (11 degrees for a high today) but this year is starting off great.  I have upcoming performances in January and more in the works for the rest of the year.

I am working on some more new pieces and hope to have them under my fingers soon.

The new sound system I recently purchased is drawing rave reviews for its clarity and its ability to project the sound with minimal volume, which is great because I don't like to perform at Rock and Roll volumes.

So check out the performances on my calendar page and I hope to see you soon.

This Friday, September 7th, give yourself a break and go to Sweet Heart Winery on Route 34 west of Loveland, to relax and taste some fine wines and listen to yours truly play solo guitar music from 6pm to 8pm.  It's a great way to let the stress of everyday life disappear.

See you there!

They year is off to a good start.  I had a great time performing at the Sweet Heart Winery in Loveland and the audience enjoyed the show while they tasted the various fine wines vented at the winery.


  I also had fun performing at the Loveland Museum for the opening of the Innate Confluences exhibit.  This is an interactive art exhibit and is great fun.  Be sure to check it out.

I am working on my summer performance schedule and I will be at many Farmers Markets in the Front Range area.  Be sure to check my calendar to see when I will be at your favorite Farmers Market and I'll see you there. 

     My 2017 Farmers Market World Tour was supposed to kick off this morning with a gig at the Drake Road Farmers Market.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas as the temperature dropped into the 20's and it snowed and snowed and snowed.  The Farmers Market was cancelled, which is the first time I have heard of a market being cancelled due to winter weather.  How very Coloradoan.

    Next up is Sunday May 7th from 11am to 3 pm at the Harmony Farmers Market in Fort Collins.  Come on out for great foods and vegies and some great guitar music provided by yours truly.  I'll see you there.

     We are having an early spring here in Colorado, and I have come out of hibernation.  I  spent the winter working on new material, both original pieces and cover tunes.  I  also assembled a collection of music composed by other solo guitarists.  I look forward to playing this new music for you soon.

Brian's 2016 Farmers Market World Tour continues at the Larimer County Farmers market held on Oak Street In downtown Ft. Collins.  See calendar for more details.

Last week I spent a beautiful Sunday morning at the Loveland Farmers Market.  The weather was perfect as were the fruits, vegies, meats and other products that the vendors had for sale. 

I hope to see you Saturday at the Larimer County Farmers Market.

     It's that wonderful warm time of the year when it's great to be outdoors and it's great to play guitar outdoors.  I just finished practicing guitar on my front porch while occasionally glancing up to catch a glimpse of Long's Peak and the other 14ers I can see.  It is very inspiring.  I wonder if I could see my house from Long's Peak.  I think I would need a great pair of binoculars to see that far and a house this small.

     I'm working on learning more solo guitar instrumentals by guitarists such as Will Ackerman and Jorma Kaukonen.  At some point I hope to phase out the pop songs and just play my original guitar pieces and guitar solos by other guitarists.  The acoustic guitar is a wonderful and versatile instrument.  It has its own voice and doesn't really need to be just an accompaniment for a vocalist.  Especially a voice like mine.  I'll leave singing to the people on The Voice.

     I have some Farmer's Market gigs lined up so check out the Calendar Page for the details and listen to some great guitar playing while you shop for your fresh vegies.  See you there.

Hello again.  It's been a long time since I've posted any blogs.  A lot longer than I thought.

Much has happened in the guitar world.  Not so much in my life though.  I am continuing to learn new music and trying to figure out my sweet spot in the musical world.  I have had the opportunity to listen to a few of my idea tapes from decades past and was surprised to hear how my musical pieces have developed over time, and even found some old original compositions that I had totally forgotten.  I have relearned them.  It wasn't hard.  Apparently my muscle memory has survived the years.  I have reworked a few pieces, making them better and more enjoyable.  I look forward to performing them in the future.

I still haven't figured out whether or not to release a new CD or if downloads are the way to go.  If you have any feelings in the CD vs. download issues let me know.  I don't know if many people buy CDs anymore so that is cost efficient to produce them.

On a sad note, my guitar friend, Pete Huttlinger, passed away recently.  He was best known for being John Denver's lead guitarist, but he was a terrific player and performer and a great arraigner of songs for instrumental guitar.  Check out his versions of Steely Dan's "Josie" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition."  Simply amazing playing.

Watch my upcoming events page for more performances and I see you there.


The arrival of the technology of the 21st Century has brought some casualties.  The biggest loss is that we no longer know how to listen anymore.  We cannot focus on just sound, in particular music without a visual prompt.  When was the last time you sat down, closed you eyes and just listened to a piece of music?  We are so trained in the art of multitasking that we get all nervous and edgy with just aural stimulation.  We eat to music, work to music, drive to music but we never listen to music by itself.

Pop music is now just a soundtrack to a video or a performer "owning the stage."  And music has suffered because of this.  It's all about rhythm and repetition, not about a melody and lyrics merged together to create a better experience.

Even Classical music performances are including big screen videos so people have something to look at.  I was stunned that at a Colorado Symphony Orchestra of 2 symphonies, one by Beethoven and one by Stravinsky (if I remember correctly), that it included a big screen visual that showed the photography of a Colorado artist.  These are major classical works being relegated to second fiddle by visual art.

I will admit that I am as guilty as anyone else of multitasking but now I challenge myself to just sit and listen without any visual prompts to get the true musical experience.  I hope you will also take some time to do this.

This past Saturday I played at the Larimer County Farmers Market in Fort Collins.  It was a fun time for everyone.  The customers and vendors had great things to say about my performance and we bought lots of vegies, meats and plants and a bottle of wine.

July 12 I will be at the Loveland Farmers Market at Old Fairgrounds Park on Railroad Ave.  I hope you can make it.

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