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Happy will be teaching at three renowned guitar camps in the coming year. Each of these teaching workshops welcomes players at all levels, and is, without exception, encouraging and inclusive. Meet like-minded players and get up close and personal with some top professional musicians. Happy will be stressing steady-thumb bass, acoustic blues techniques and song accompaniment and arranging, among other things.
Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy Ohio May 11 - 14 - Now in its 21st year, this camp near Athens, Ohio, has become the premier learning experience for roots guitar styles. Happy will be teaching with Woody Mann and ...
All of us at Homespun were very saddened to learn of the sudden passing, in April, of the excellent keyboard player Tim Alexander. Tim played piano and accordion for the acclaimed Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel for 12 years before leaving the road to continue as a session musician in the Dallas area. His excellent "The Real Honky Tonk Piano," as well as his work with Norteño master Flaco Jimenez on "Tex-Mex Accordion," made him a Homespun favorite. Tim was a warm, sincere and good-hearted person as well as a first-rate musician. He will be greatly missed ...
At their annual convention in Anaheim California, the National Association of Music Merchants gave Homespun its "Milestone Award" for our 50 years in the music business. Jane and I humbly accepted this honor at a special breakfast ceremony on Saturday, January 21.
If you are considering giving the gift of one or more Homespun lessons to an aspiring musician in your life, using our Instant Access catalog makes it fast and easy to send a download. Simply go to our shop and search for the lesson(s) you'd like to send, then click "Gift" and follow the simple instructions. This will be a great way to send a present that will last a lifetime.
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Jefferson Airplane alumni Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen were honored on a PBS broadcast on October 14 called "GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends." David Crosby made the presentation. We're proud that both Jack and Jorma have been long-time Homespun instructors. Many of our artists have taught at Jorma's renowned Fur Peace Ranch, a premier guitar camp in eastern Ohio.
New York Blues Hall of Fame Concert & Ceremony returns to the Orpheum Perfroming Arts Center in Tannersville this year. The inductees for 2016 are Rory Block and John Platania. The other artists who will be leading the induction ceremony and performing during the evening are Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, the Michael Packer Blues Band, Larry Packer & Greg Dayton.
Rory was also nominated for the Blues Music Awards for Best album ("Hard Luck Child") and Acoustic Artist.
Here's a duet with Rory and Homespun dobro wiz Cindy Cashdollar.
We were thrilled to see Happy's CD, "Just For the Love of It," with a rave review in Rolling Stone Magazine. Click here for a link to the piece on their website.
A few of the other comments about this recording:
"Happy Traum, the preeminent guitarist...took stock and with a deep, subtle passion recorded an album of his favorite traditional and contemporary songs and instrumentals. ... his fingers still do their dance on the guitar as agilely as in his youth and he sings with the experience only years provide.” - Rich Warren, Midnight Special Favorites of 2015
"...another very ...