I wasn’t quite sure how to write the title of this blog entry. The way that it is written sort of implies they may be dating. They are not. Or, at least, I don’t believe they are. If they are, then you heard it here first.
Maybe I should have titled this “VS” instead of “&” so it more implied they might be in a steel cage match. That would have been more exiting.
Whatever as long as it shows up on Google as many times as it potentially can.
I just wanted to post some pics from a couple more gigs this past Summer.
This is Ron Hawkins. Really great dude. Front man of “Lowest of the Low.” Their first album, “Shakespeare My Butt” was an amazing body of work. I don’t plug much, so forgive me this time. You can get it here. And I suggest you do. One of my favorite guitar players, Stephen Stanley laces every song with singable, guitar melodies. It’s an organic album in every way.
Ron’s rig is a Music Man amp, which are very Fenderish. There are some roots interlacing with Leo Fender, hence the similarities. Also seen here is a beautiful Gretsch and a Takamine acoustic. I’m personally not a fan of Tak guitars but that Gretsch is pure sweetness. This was a simple set up for a solo concert he performed at the History Museum.
The LeAnn Rimes concert was UB and it was a benefit for Roswell Cancer Institute. Steve Tasker was there for the Basil dealerships since he is their spokesperson. Steve was the Buffalo Bills’ best special teams player and, in general, a really nice guy.
I’m not a LeAnn fan so I didn’t recognize any of the songs on her set list. Of course, I knew Amazing Grace and Hallelujah but they aren’t hers. I did end up recognizing “Blue” and “How Do I Live.”The handwritten notes are what the guitar tech wrote for his own sanity.
I was surprised to find that the lead guitar player was playing through a Marshall and Orange since they have so much crunch. I love the little, hand-wired Tiny Terror they make. (The great Jeff Beck is on her recent album, “Spitfire.” Her touring guitar player is someone else whom I couldn’t find online.) What was cool was that these were set up in the far back corner of the stage, facing the back curtain so that they didn’t have any stage sound. That’s so the FOH mixer can control the entire mix from the stage. I wish more amateur bands would understand this instead of always having so much stage volume. Sorry about the blur.
Guitar World. It’s my favorite spot. We always set up Guitar World on one of the wings of the stage. It’s where the tech fixes broken stuff during the show and tunes and prepares guitars. It’s also where I go poking around looking at what they play and what they use. In this case there’s a pin up girl in the rig.
The Craviotto drum kit on this stage was about $10,000. They were custom made for Chris Knight, LeAnn’s touring drummer.
As you can see, there wasn’t much of a crowd at the show. Before she went on, LeAnn was on her cell phone talking to a friend. They were making some plans. Overall, even though her performance didn’t show it, she was very matter of fact about the whole thing. It sort of felt like a fall from grace type of moment for me as a spectator.
She had a couple of solo cups on stage with her. One was water. One was wine. I won’t say on here what else she had… you should just read the tabloids.