DanRants Archive

God’s Prophet of the guitar: they called him Ernie I discovered guitar music in 1952 on the radio. That jangly, steel-string guitar sound jumped out of my old radio and got my attention, big time. Incredibly, my Mom and Dad agreed I could have a guitar...

The music that flows freely in our world is essential, necessary, and everywhere. Our music, the exquisite sound, the magical noise, liberated today by technology to ring out everywhere, enriches every corner of our lives. The more we share music, the better we are; we...

Hey, “He’s baaack!” …as the old saying goes. Actually, ‘been around here all along, but I thought it was time to declare the next chapter. I’ve been working this year with a new lineup of our band, now “Crary, Evans, and Barnick.” Our new guy is...

I am interested in your attitudes about learning the guitar. Different attitudes play a major role in the approaches people take to learning the guitar. So that’s important to me because I spend a lot of time trying to help people learn the guitar. In...

I have been at this quite a long time. ‘Seen some amazing things, heard and was fortunate enough to play a lot of music, wore out a few passports and sets of tires, and generally rode guitar music around all over the place. I’m planning...

Assignment: Write something in your Flatpicking Guitar column about Doc that is worthy of him, captures something authentic about him, avoids saying the same things that everyone else is saying about the life  and passing of Doc Watson. It turns out to be very difficult...

They asked me to write a few words about the Walnut Valley Festival on its 40th anniversary, I guess because of the matter of perspective. Long life gets you, if nothing else, a bit of a sweep in your view of things. So I definitely...

Back to business and it’s over to Leicester for a concert/workshop for the Taylor Guitar folks and Sheehan Musical Services. Part of the Gambetta/Crary team assignment is to put on these guitar company backed workshop events where we play, meet a lot of other guitar...

When you last heard from us we were on the way to calendar, via a quick stop at PC world to pick up some adaptors to attempt to connect us with, well… with the world. Mind you, that’s not an unmitigated blessing, that getting connected....

The last scheduled thing you do at the Shetlands Folk Festival is hang out very close to a bar and listen to music. It’s also the first thing you do. Also the middle, the early-middle, late-middle, and…. Well, you get the idea. On the very...