Hey! Great to see you!

We are tickled that you have found our website, and thanks for checking out our blog to see what’s going on.  We will be writing notes here from time to time to let you know what is important in our humble little music lives. We’re a family band; we play on weekends because music is […]

The Best Christmas Gig Ever

By today’s standards, we didn’t have much.  In fact we were dirt poor, but we really didn’t know it.  Everybody else in the neighborhood was, too. Back in the early sixties my sister and I were grubby little kids who pretty much had the run of the city, day and night, and nobody worried about […]

CBD to Face Lions

from the Davidson Dispatch, 10/26/17:   Getting ready for the Lions District 31-I fall convention Reminding all Lions that the District 31-I’s fall convention will be at Camp Dogwood Nov. 3-5. Don’t forget to bring auction items for Saturday morning and crafts, gifts, and Lions-themed items for the boutique. All proceeds go to Brighter Visions. […]

I Miss Tom Petty Already

Tom Petty was the guy all of us young, guitar wanna-me musicians admired. A rebel. A writer. A guy who did it his way, and his way was magical and irresistible.  Genuine. Straight. Unfiltered. Has there ever been a bad Tom Petty song? He never mailed it in. And that goes not only for the […]

My Peavey T60

“Hey Tom, this is Steam Music in Missoula.  I have a guitar here you might be interested in.”  It was September 22, 1978.  “Peavey is doing a test market on a new guitar they just came out with.  It’s pretty cool.  You should come over and check it out.” The next Saturday I was on […]

Coolest Band Name EVER

If you have perused this site, you know how our family band, Caution! Blind Driver got its name.  Our drummer, Jeff, is totally blind.  And he is the driver of our music. When Jeff was a little, he took great glee in sitting on my lap and steering our old pickup truck down the gravel […]

What a Difference A Chord Makes!

Here’s an interesting note – or should I say “chord” – for songwriters. Scott Frieman shows how Paul McCartney wrote Penny Lane with a really odd chord progression, using a B minor out of nowhere for the turn. If you are a songwriter, or a musician, or a Beatles fan, proceed to the short and […]

Can You Write A Song in Ten Minutes?

A guitarist friend, Kevin Scruggs, pointed me to a Facebook video featuring Ben Folds at the Kennedy Performing Center for the Arts.  Folds was asked to write a song in ten minutes, from scratch, given the following tools: one line selected from that evening’s printed program, the key of A minor, and the National Symphony […]

Grey-Beard Guitarists Still Take Care of Business

While pounding out a couple of miles on my treadmill this morning, I came across AXS TV’s profile of Bachman and Turner.  It made my day. Randy Bachman was the driving force behind the legendary Canadian rock band the Guess Who, who had a string of hits in the 1960’s and early 70’s.  Randy had […]

In Defense of Three-Piece Bands

Some people assume that a three-piece band can’t be as “good” as a four-piece band.  A five-piece band must be even better.  Hell, a 27-piece band must be top-notch. I have played in many bands over the years, some big and some small, some awesome and some not-so-hot.  And I have concluded that the number […]

Let’s Talk Drums

Our family band, Caution! Blind Driver is all about the drums.  My dad was a drummer.  My sister was a drummer.  I’m a drummer.  My daughter, Jenny, can play.  My son, Jeff, is our drummer and the driver of the band.  You might say we’ve got drums in the DNA. To me, and all of us, drums set the […]