Back in 1999, I was in San Francisco on business and I heard a song on the radio by a guitarist named Don Ross. The song was Klimbim and I immediately stopped by the Virgin Records store in S.F. and bought the CD. I’ve purchased most of his recordings since then. Don is the only two-time winner of the Winfield National Finger picking contest held each year down in Kansas. Once you hear and see him, you’ll understand why. As a bass player, I’ve mentioned that I like to feel a groove in the music. Well, Don is the King of groove. You can get his recordings at www.candyrat.com as Amazon and others carry only a limited selection. Don’t miss him!
Klimbim: As I mentioned, this is the first song I ever heard him play and it got me hooked on his music:
Michael, Michael: Dedicated to Michael Hedges. I absolutely love this song. It’s got a groove that just makes me want to get up and dance…that’s a scary thought and not something you want to see, as my kids will attest.
Afraid to Dance: And to follow up that statement, check out this song. Amazing!
Loaded, Leather, Moonroof: Wow, what a groove this one has. You can almost picture yourself riding in a corvette convertible with the wind whipping through your hair.
Tight, Trite Night: And if you’re not picking your jaw up off the floor yet, try this groove.
Elevation Music: Lest you think Don is all groove and no pretty, this song is just a beautiful melody.
Some wine tasting notes from my backlog (no, I’m not cheating on my diet). Since it’s flipping cold in the winter here in Nebraska, I tend to drink reds until spring. I picked up a bottle of 2006 Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon a while back as it was on special and sounded interesting. I got it for $20.00. It had a very pleasant fruity bouquet of berries and tastes of black cherries and blackberry with a layer of chocolate in the background. Tannins were well balanced. It would go nicely with steak or, as in my case, alone with a good book and some good guitar music. Try it, you’ll like it!