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Freedom, Music and Private Property

A number of months ago,  Chris Hansen and I attended a music business seminar sponsored by CLA.  A big topic of discussion was piracy and unregulated file sharing, and the impact that technological development has on the music business. Over…
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Families Helping Families and Axis of Four

When Miss Minxie first contacted Anheuser Busch about the First Friday event,  I was curious about the charity that benefited from the show.  I learned that Families Helping Families is a local, grass-roots organization that is greattly supported by the…
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7 Points To Playing, Part Two

It's Not About You / Play To Your Strength

Many young players achieve a fairly competent level of playing in a relatively short time. This can be a result of proper and effective guitar lessons, some native talent, and…
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7 Points To Playing: Introduction and Overview


My role as leader of Axis of Four gives me many opportunities to observe what works for a band in performance before an audience. I believe that it is very important to have the right attitude combined with proper…
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In The Groove

Back in the day of shark-fin Cadillacs and gasoline for twenty-eight cents a gallon, music was recorded on vinyl discs. A needle connected to a cartridge would follow the continuous groove of the record and reproduce the sound. Perhaps this…
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Working With Entertainment Talent


Whenever you go out to see a band, a great part of the experience is the intimacy and rapport between the fans and the players. Imagine how memorable and exciting it would be to have that same experience at…
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Music and Freedom

 A few weeks ago Chris Hansen and I attended a music business seminar sponsored by CLA.  A big topic of discussion was piracy and unregulated file sharing, and the impact that technological development has on the music business. Over the…
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Pure Tone!

So, I'm taking a break from the crazy activities of music life, and kicking back with a brew and the cable remote.  What do I find but a cheeseball movie from 1967 called "Blast-Off Girls", a funky story about a…
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Back in the Saddle Again

AXIS OF FOUR is the new name for our band. Li'l RIcky Blues started "From the Blues and Beyond...", and after four years of development we have evolved into a music-making machine that plays instrumental standards, pop, rock, and blues…