Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1/5 & Maine is finally here!

IT'S OFFICIAL. The 1/5 & Maine project is finally up and running and for sale. We've called it "Stay Strong" and you can download it here from CD Baby. We will be on other platforms like iTunes and Spotify, hopefully within a week or two.

We will be updating the CD Baby link with a better photo and more info later. We might make some actual CDs as well, but that will be down the road. The material is registered with the US Copyright office.

These two yahoos made an album .....
There are so many people to thank. First and foremost, Isaac Smith of 505 Recording Studio is the best. Not only did he engineer the week-long recording session, he also spent countless hours mixing and mastering the songs. He was an excellent producer, coaxing better performances out of us.

Nate Charles was his "assistant" for the project but he was huge during the recording sessions. I'm not sure how we got the lead guitar parts to come out of the very average lead guitar player, but that was all Nate. He had suggestions to make the songs better and it was awesome to have somebody from the outside with  recording experience to lean on.

Recording is a marathon, not a sprint. There's a lot of doing things over and getting it just right, and not settling for whatever comes out. Nate and Isaac were great at getting to the point of the songs and knowing what we needed.

Thank you to Jack Inghram for playing sax on "Stay Strong." Thank you to Justin Sievert and Brad Fletcher for playing bass. Thank you to Tim Smith for singing "Country Star," which turned out amazing. Thank you to Alicia McCarl for singing her heart out with Adam on "I Really Don't Care."

And, of course, Adam Yates for helping us chase the dream of playing original music. I remember sitting on the sidewalk at Fifth and Maine in the spring and talking about doing it. It seemed like a pipe dream. We worked really hard to get ready and I think we've come up with eight interesting and very different songs - there's classic rock, country, pop, power ballads, a good mix.

If you purchase it, please let us know what you think. I'm at Fifth and Maine during the day!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Closed this weekend

WITH THE TIN DUSTERS in town this weekend, Second String Music will be closed early Friday and all day Saturday. Tin Dusters is a nice event for the city and we support anything that gets people downtown. But it clogs up the streets and makes it tough for people to get to the store, and the Tin Dusters themselves don't spend money in a music store, so we will enjoy this rare weekend off.

We will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Sheryl has some fun stuff planned for her Saturday off, and HartLyss plays Friday night at Revelry at 9, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Dame & Hurdle (6th and Maine), and 5 p.m. at the Make-A-Wish benefit at the Tap Room.

Have a great weekend, support live music and be good to yourselves!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Best (doggie) event ever


Puppies and Doggos
WE HAD A great time Saturday for Meet The Puppies Day at Second String Music. Michelle and Ripley brought Jess and her seven kids to the store, and we set up a little wading pool and fence to show them off.

Instantly we had people come over from Electric Fountain Brewing to get their puppy fix. Barista and dog-lover Brianne Campbell sat down in the pool and almost started crying when four puppies jumped on her and started licking her face. Everybody got to hold and play with a puppy, the best therapy for anything.

About an hour into the visit all seven puppies crashed and crashed hard for about 15 minutes. Then they woke up and it was back to puppy play time. Every now and then one of them would pass out, and nothing could wake them - not being stepping on or being licked, nor being chewed on by a sibling.

Jadon
Jadon Smith, the young son of Isaac and Brittany Smith (Isaac owns 505 Studios upstairs), did a great job helping to walk the puppies and getting them to go potty. Travis Hoffman brought his little daughter and she refused to leave. Even Cori and her kids got a charge out of them.

It wasn't just kids. People kept coming over from the coffee shop when they heard all the activity, and I defy you to find another music store with a coffee shop next door hosting a puppy party on a Saturday afternoon. The coffee drinkers thought it was great.

We believe Malcolm, our newest addition, is about the most chill puppy you will ever meet. He's being raised right and will come to live with us at the end of October. At one point Tucker started growling at a puppy and out jumped Jess to protect her young one and give Tucker a piece of her mind. Atta girl, Jess. You are the best mom ever!

Crashed
All the puppies have homes already - Michelle won't breed them unless she had a waiting list. That way all the puppies are assured of good homes.

Sheryl declared it the best event the store has hosted. And nobody spilled anything or passed out in a chair or smashed a guitar off of a roof. So much winning!

Malcolm will be a music store dog, so you are always welcome to come and say hello. He and Angus will love to greet you.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Steve Kerr's perfect response



I HAVE MIXED feelings about athletes who make social statements. On the one hand, maybe they should just shut up and play for the gazillions they've signed up for. On the other, they are Americans and they have rights to express opinions, too.

I stay away from the political fray most of the time. People who know me know what I think, and that's good enough. Everybody has opinions and beliefs and they have the right to vote for who they want.

But for all the idiotic things the guy in the Oval Office says and does, going after NBA coaches Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich is about the most baffling things ever. Both coaches were recently asked about the NBA's issues with China, and both decided it would be better to not publicly comment, at least not yet. That's something the guy in the Oval Office could never do, not comment.

Steve Kerr's reply to the guy in the Oval Office is classic. It's carefully thought out, gets to the point and it makes his attacker look like a fool. Then again, it's not hard to do that to our Twitter president.

Come after me, guy in the Oval Office! On second thought, I'm not famous and nobody cares what I think, so keep going after the bigger fish. I wish we could all be as eloquent when responding to presidential harassment.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Two great shows Friday night

IT'S NOT OFTEN you get to see two of Quincy's best bands on the same night, back to back, in downtown venues. It's happening Friday and you should check it out!

Fielder is reforming to play at the Party on the Promenade on 6th Street at 6 p.m. It's also the grand opening of the Quincy Brewing Company. The owners have put a ton of sweat and money into the space and from the outside it looks amazing. Guess we'll have to suck it up Friday and try a few of their beers. You know, as downtown Quincy people. It's our duty!

Fielder is the lone band left over from the heyday of Quincy original music, which flourished some 15 to 20 years ago. Fielder only plays every now and then, so it will be nice to see Logan and the boys get back together and jam. They had an impromptu show on Sixth Street a few months ago and it sounded great.

At 9 p.m. Blake Gardner & The Farmers start tearing it up at Revelry, two short blocks west of 6th. Blake is one of my favorites, a jammy and trippy guitar player who comes up with great songs and is all about having a good time. Blake played last Summer for Q-Fest and absolutely killed it with his keyboard player. I'm assuming a former Funions bass player will be jamming with the band too .... Go get 'em Zac Bentley!

Top-notch local entertainment, no cover, a new brewery opening, and rockin' at Revelry ... Saturday morning might come a little early!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Meet Malcolm, Fender special

SECOND STRING MUSIC officially goes to the dogs this Saturday when Angus' nieces and nephews visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Angus' sister, Jess, gave birth to three girls and four boys nearly eight weeks ago. Malcolm is coming to live with us soon and the others have all be claimed, so this is NOT an adoption open house. It is a chance to see adorable Cowboy Corgi puppies!

Malcolm is supposed to stay with his momma for 10 weeks before coming to his forever home. However, Angus came to live us a little early and there has been some talk that Malcolm may make it to his new Calftown home sooner than later.

Tucker will also be here because his vet is coming and she wants to give him a checkup for his heart condition. He's been doing okay but with him, you just never know. He's had a great second half to his life and we hope he's around a bit longer.

Jess and Mr. Malcolm
Also, and far less important since it's only our livelihood, we have an October special on brand new Fender Powercaster and Fender Sixty-Six guitars. We will upgrade your bag to a deluxe gig bag worth $100 with every aforementioned guitar we have in stock. Our price ($899) matches the internet dealers, BTW. The bags that come with them are not that great so this is just our way of improving on your storage options.

Sheryl is putting out a bunch of new ukuleles. We've had a huge run on them lately, even the nicer Gretsch, Ibanez, Penguin and Amahi models. These sell like crazy during Christmas so you might want to start your list a little early - we have a bunch in stock now.

See you at Fifth and Maine this Saturday and we'll woof it up to celebrate fall and our new canine friends.