Cris willett

EXO Roast and a tribute to the women of country

Valentine's Day was wonderful at EXO Roast! Amy Smith (nee Rude) and her husband Doug have done wonders with the performance space, taking their already country-urban-cool coffee shop and carving out a cozy niche with a lovely bar (specializing in mescal!), long banquet style tables to foster some hobnobbing with your neighbors and a small stage decorated with Mexican-style crepe flowers and a nice sound system. It's a true listening room by candlelight and the crowd was attentive and responsive.


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Sweethearts rodeo

sweet harmony

Getting ready for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo show at Exo Roast tonight for Valentine's Day. The main point is for local female artists in the country/folk spectrum to get together and play and do some little duets with each other that focus on country songs with a "sweet" theme (as opposed to the more usual whiskey and heartbreak tone). It's also a fundraiser for a Democratic candidate for AZ governor, Kelly Fryer.

I'm excited to be singing a song with Lana Rebel (and it's SUPER sweet! we kept getting…

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Martin vintage

music is life

Someone posted this quote in a forum on FaceBook and it struck me so deeply, I had to share. I knew Bruce was a poet but it still is lovely to see his writing outside of his iconic songs. This is from a speech he gave when he accepted the MusicCares Person of the Year Award in 2013. Needless to say, I stand with every word. And it's just good to be reminded sometimes...

"I’ve been a part of the miracle of music. I’ve seen people tired and depressed and weary and worn out, soul off. And I’ve seen them…

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carol kaye is a badass!

I am swooning over the new Ric! So I'm in bass mode right now (even though I'm in recording limbo right now finishing the vocals for a Silver Cloud Express song!) Here's a re-post of a blog I did a while back (2012! wow) on my favorite bass player of all time who few people know about: Carol Kaye!


It’s funny that most people these days think of me as a bass player. But holding down the rhythm with four giant steel strings is a relatively new development in my life. I’ve been playing acoustic guitar…

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tribute to james jamerson

In honor of bass players everywhere who don't get quite as noticed as the guitar player or singer, here's the King! James Jamerson is the fingers behind half of the best music from the 60s (Carol Kaye being the other half). Here's a lovely tribute to his playing and his own Excalibur-turned-Holy-Grail - the lost 1962 Fender Precision Bass.

If you're NOT familiar with Jamerson, here's a good intro:

"The pinpoint-perfect syncopation. The melodic counterpoint. The ghost notes and inversions. In a foregone…

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