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New Location For The House Concerts

“Concerts With A View” has become a great success thanks to all of you and your support has been very much appreciated. It is with deep regret that I announce that that success has led to the realization that my private studio can not adequately support that level of success. Fortunately my good friends at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg have agreed to host the series going forward in their great sounding live room on S Main St in Harrisonburg. Their location has all of the commercial advantages of ease of access and adequate parking that my rural location lacks.

I will continue to work with Alan Stiles from the Blue Sprocket staff as we go forward. We will transfer as many of the currently scheduled artists as possible to the new location. Due to all of the uncertainty involved in making the transition there will not be a concert in March. I will also provide updates on the shows as they come up on the schedule.

If you have specific questions feel free to contact either Alan (address in To: line) or myself.  Our goal here is to keep great music available in pristine listening conditions.

Thank you all for your support,

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Don't buy used cars from these guys!!  John Schwab, Marck Campbell and Mac Traynham
Don’t buy used cars from these guys!! John Schwab, Marck Campbell and Mac Traynham

Very exciting Saturday coming up in the studio live room.  The Sunny Mountain Serenanders are moving in for a day of workshops and a house concert Saturday evening (28-FEB).  The Serenaders combine the musical talents of Mark Campbell on fiddle, Mac Traynham on banjo and John Schwab on guitar.  They recently joined up to make a power-packed trio of award winning old-time musicians.  They are also teachers and have literally written the book in John’s case with his treatise on playing back-up guitar in the style of the early recording musicians.  Each of them is leading a workshop focusing on their techniques and approach to recreating that early old-time style.  The workshops conclude with a jam of all three classes to practice some newly discovered skills and to have a good time.

I’ve known these guys for years and am thrilled to host them at the studio.  See the events page for all of the details for the concert and the workshops.

The doors open at 7:00PM and the show starts at 7:30PM.  Contact to reserve your seats.

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Rocking in the studio – on a Monday night no less???

What a pleasant surprise when Joel (Delgado) showed up for our session tonight in the company of the superb guitarist Ryan Garst of the Traveling Hillbillies.  I miced them up with a selection of DI boxes and Peluso mics.  I put up the wonderful 2247 SE large diaphragm for Joel’s vocal and I put a small diaphragm pencil condenser on Joel’s acoustic and the amp for Shane’s electric guitar.  They noodled about for a couple of minutes getting ideas together and then – BAM!! – first take out of the box.  blew us all away with the instrumental interplay and soaring vocals.  Let me know what you think.  There will be more of this to follow soon!

Buying Time ©2014 – used with permission, Joel Delgado and Ryan Garst

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House Concert Rocks

Saturday night in Port Republic – three fabulous artists – and a room full of happy people.  James and Vivian Leva accompanied by the incomparable Danny Knicely wowed a packed house in the live room of BeARcade Music studios last night.  James demonstrated his instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills to a very familiar audience of friends and music lovers.  Vivian demonstrated that she has inherited vocal skills from both parents and is a songwriting force of her own.  Danny Knicely offered musical treats on both mandolin and guitar.  We were all trying to follow the chord progressions that he was using – certainly not standard but fitting perfectly into the other instrumentation and the vocals.  For a small sample check out the original tune “When We Have Love” below and see the webpages from James and Danny.   Thanks to everybody for coming out on a frosty evening – I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.

When We Have Love – used with permission.  James and Vivian Leva with Danny Knicely

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House Concert Packed!

Getting the live room ready for the Leva/Knicely show tomorrow night.  Reservations have been brisk as we have just a few seats remaining (<10)!!  This kind of turnout will be great for the performers – James and Vivian Leva and Danny Knicely.  The strong turnout also drives the ability to get such great acts into the studio to perform in our intimate setting.  Contact me directly at to grab one of the last seats.

Upcoming spring season shows include Zuzu’s Hot Five (swing/Jazz), Barb Martin (singer/songwriter – one of her songs was on a recent ‘Nashville’ episode, Alex Caton and Dick Harrington (songsters from heaven) and tThe Mostly Mountain Men (Terri McMurray, Paul Brown [of NPR fame] and John Schwab).  More great acts follow in the fall so stay tunes – feel free to follow the blog for instant updates on studio and concert happenings.