February 2020?!?  

Wow. We're already halfway through the second month of 2020?!? Amazing.

I figured it was time for an update. The #MondayMorningCoffee and Bob Wills Wednesdays have temporarily been set aside the last couple weeks as I've been working hard at prioritizing some new audio recordings.

I have some 15 'full band' tunes demoed that I am trying to finish so that I can make them available for sale here on the website. Some are tunes from 2010's "Rock & Roll Is My Super Power" that have been rearranged and rerecorded in the same style; with myself performing all the sounds you hear on the recordings! It's something I've always been inspired to do since I was probably 10 years old with a cheap Price Club tape recorder. I think it's the JJ Cale and Stevie Wonder influence ;)

Also on the 'to do' list are a series of solo acoustic guitar and vocal recordings.

For many years in my late teens/early 20s (and to this day) I was obsessed with prewar country blues artists as well as latter day singer songwriter/folk/acoustic guitarists and singers. Folks like Ted Hawkins, Corey Harris, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. There is also the country side of that coin that includes the likes of Jimmie Rogers and Merle Travis.

To me all these cats are really the same side of the same coin. Country, blues, country blues...it's really just American music about the human experience to me.

My goal is to bridge the gap of that solo guitarist/vocalist mold with my favorite eras of bands led by Bob Wills and Ray Price. That 'Bob Wills Two Beat'. That 'Ray Price Shuffle'. I hope to capture that feel and energy as a solo act. I've touched on it over the years; folks have shown up to my solo acoustic shows to dance; but I'm taking the proper time currently to really find my groove with it.

While all the aforementioned cats are in the same mold as far as I'm concerned, the one thing that made/makes each one unique is their feel. Their personal stamp on rhythm. They don't play 'blues or 'country'; they play themselves. They are exposed and totally vulnerable but their personalities shine through. Their inner essence comes out. At their best, they just make music and words do to that music no justice when it comes to definitions.

I'm working towards that. My own songs. My own style of guitar picking. My own style of vocalizing. My own way of connecting with those that care to be connected with.

I hope to have demos of the new recordings posted soon and a final album for sale here on the site shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, I'll keep working towards the vision and get back to posting some videos for you all to get glimpses into the journey.

I hope everyone is well! Happy lover's day!

Lopez

 

 

 

Visit Pagosa Springs, CO! 

I had the great pleasure of performing at Motel SoCo in Pagosa Springs this past Sunday. What a fantastic place! Great cabin style rooms surrounded by the beautiful town and scenery of Pagosa Springs as well as great bar. The staff and patrons were all extremely friendly and I would recommend anyone looking for an adventure to visit the motel and town of Pagosa Springs. For those of you interested in fueling yourself with only the best nutrients and tastes, make sure you stop by the Juice Goddess while you're in town as well! 

What a great time in Pagosa Springs!
 

Bob Wills Wednesday Ep.4 "San Antonio Rose" 

This is a tough one for me for some reason. In rehearsal, it's great but when the video starts rolling I seem to lose a bit of my mojo :/ I think it's worthy of a share though as like all tunes, it's always a work in progress. I hope you enjoy!

#MondayMorningCoffee Ep. 3 

An exercise in #melody, #harmony, avoiding the usual path/reimagining the song, and #guitar orchestration. I took the original recording from the title track of my Heartaches, Time Takes album and removed everything but the upright bass and drums. I replaced the lead vocal with a lead melody guitar in a descending melody, added a 2nd descending harmony guitar, and then a 3rd ascending counter melody guitar (for the main melody). It's a great ear training exercise as well. Instead of playing the melody the same way as I always have, I want to break free of playing off of muscle memory and reflex. I want to get back to being hyper aware of the song going on around me and react with fresh ideas that enhance the song while still being challenging. The challenge here in mental; this is not a difficult song to play physically nor does it need to be to be interesting and challenging. In fact, maybe it SHOULDN'T be...that is part of what makes a song great after all... Enjoy! **Disclaimer; it's definitely more of a listen than a watch....** ~Lopez #mondaymorningcoffee #morningcoffee #electricguitar #fingerstyle #fingerstyleguitar #travispicking #music

 

The Henriksen Bud 10 and Some Classic Country Favorites 

Here's some footage I found from a hotel gig in Colorado in Nov. of 2019. It was a simple background music gig but it was made extra fun because I got to demo the Henriksen Bud 10 for the whole set. Both my guitar and vocals are going the through the Bud 10 with no additional gear or effects. It's a FANTASTIC sounding amp/personal P.A. system that is relatively tiny for the sound it provides. It's not just volume, but amazing and natural vocal and guitar tone. Check them out at www.henriksenamplifiers.com !!!

Songs:

"Kissing My Pillow"

"Heart Over Mind"

"Cry! Cry! Cry!"

"There's Not Any Like You Left"

"I'm Not Crazy Yet"

"Women Do Funny Things To Me"

"Pride"

"Home Of The Blues"

"Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised"

"I Got Stripes"

 

Bob Wills Wednesday Ep.4 Preview "San Antonio Rose" 

San Antonio Rose 🌹 Something about this #song is a stumbling block. There are changes in the melodic cadence that I #feel and that includes some of the #bass beats. I seem to have it pretty well down how I feel it until the #camera starts rolling 🥴 This #instrumental version is closer to the #guitar equivalent of the original #fiddle tune while my #vocal version more resembles my usual #rayprice #texas #shuffle . The variety keeps it fun, but it sure is challenging to play clean and really keep that pocket. Stay tuned for more! #acousticguitar #acoustic @recordingkingofficial #bobwills #bobwillsandthetexasplayboys #ameripolitan #honkytonk #classiccountry #classiccountrymusic #westernswing