This is the track that made me want to play the guitar (“Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” written by Vince Guaraldi). Even now I admire the playing on it.
In the mid-60s, Al Sherman (Alshire and Budget Sound, Inc.) produced the 101 Strings Orchestra records to sell at a budget price between $2.00 and $3.00.
Fantastically successful with sales of the physical product, he hired hundreds of players, arrangers and conductors over the years, all the top people, such as Nelson Riddle, Les Baxter, Tommy Tedesco, Al Caiola and so many others… I have often wished I could get my hands on his session records, if they still exist!
Muzak, yes, but the guitar playing is awesome — find me a dozen American players who are playing this lyrically today and I’ll buy you a flute of champagne, no, make that a bottle of Veuve Cliquot!
And one other track from that album, Guitars Galore, with four guitars and sensational solos. Very 1966!
Another still from the recording session this month (Sept. 2016) at Sugarhill Studios in Houston, this time with the LOVE guitar that Kevin Muiderman made for me to my specifications (yes, there is only one of them). The camera (of which you can see the viewfinder) is a Sony EX-3 HD. (Photo: Sam Kuslan)
Another still from the upcoming video. I’ve picked up the solid-body electric once again after many years, for additional variety in my solo show. Isn’t this the change of pace? I think you’ll be enthusiastic about it when you hear it.
I’ve been open to working on electric music with Houston/Austin players and though I’ve not yet met them, I’m sure they’re out there and at some point, we’ll meet. (Photo: Sam Kuslan)