Happy 2014!

Hello! I can't believe it's 2014 already! Time flies when life - "day job", etc. - gets in the way! We gotta do what we gotta do, though. 

In this entry we've got a new recording of an old classic, Summer Tour news, a report on the Welcome to 1979 Recording Summit, an interview to share, a new Saturday's Radio Survey. and a report on our last survey. 

First, we thought it'd be fun to do a Byrds-like cover of John Denver's "Leaving On A Jet Plane". This is one of those songs that, when I was first interested in playing guitar at age 12, everybody played. I always thought it'd be ripe for a jingle-jangle cover. It's only available on YouTube, so check it out there or right here:


We're working on more songs in the bedroom studio. We'll keep you posted.

I'll be taking a drive to the West Coast and back this summer and I'm looking to make a tour out of it and play some low-key solo-acoustic shows. If you'd like me to come play for you, or if you have any suggestions for places (music-friendly coffeehouses, house concerts) to play, drop me a line at heyrob (at) saturdaysradio.com. 

As you may have read, last summer I was lucky enough to attend the Pot Luck Audio Conference in Tucson. You can read about it in the August 25 "Let's Catch Up" news entry. While there, Alex Maiolo and I were interviewed by Bjorgvin Benediktsson for his website Audio Issues. Check out our interview HERE

In November I got to take a trip to Nashville to the Welcome to 1979 Annual Recording Summit. This is an event that Welcome to 1979 (recording studio) owner Chris Mar puts together. Producer / engineer / musician types get together and have discussion panels about the recording side of the music business. Through my association with Tape Op magazine, I've been to several of these events over the past ten years (including the aforementioned Pot Luck Audio Conference in Tucson last summer) and have met many amazing people. It's to the point where I go to catch up with friends as much as learn about recording. A great bonus is that these friends have made some of my favorite records. 

For the 1979 Summit, attendees got to tour United Record Pressing (very cool and interesting!), Blackbird Audio Rentals, and Vintage King Nashville. We got to listen to a pristine vinyl copy of Ray LaMontagne's "God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise" (GREAT Record!) through very nice studio monitors before being part of a Q & A session with Ryan Freeland, who recorded / engineered the record. Another Q & A session featured Ken Scott, who, of course, produced or engineered records by The Beatles, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and many others. This kind of get together makes me realize how much I love music and the people who make it. 

Our last music survey asked voters to "Pick and influence - Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, or The Velvet Underground". These were and are all great people and I hate to see anyone come in "last". The Velvets got the most votes, and The Beatles & Dylan tied for second. 'Course we know what a huge influence Buddy was on Dylan and The Beatles. 

This time around our survey is going to be a little more general. We're asking folks to pick their favorite season. Mine is Summer. I'm not teaching school, the weather's warm, and I get to travel and be in musician mode. I guess Spring is next, because it brings relief from the Winter and offers the promise of the coming Summer. What's yours?

That's about it for now. We've got some more cakes in the oven, so do come back soon! And be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Bye!

- Rob C.