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BruceM last won the day on September 19

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    80 Sunburst,95 Cruisebass,97 Eclipse 12,98 Phantom Black,99 Vanguard,03 Studio Custom,04 Korina Jr,Fender Tele,Taylor 810-CE
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    Dr. Z Carmen Ghia head w/Dr. Z 1x12 Cabinet, Dr. Z Z-28 4x10 Combo,Dr. Z 2x10 Cabinet, Top Hat Club Royale 1x12 Combo

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  1. BruceM


    I was just able to make a connection with Ray's daughter on Facebook. They are planning Ray's funeral service, and I asked if would be OK to post details here. She said yes, so I will relay any information I hear.
  2. I've owned someone else's proclaimed go to the grave Studio Custom for nearly 15 years now, and he's still alive. Does that count? And every time one of the guys claims dibs on one of my guitars, I always proclaim, "That's the one I'm going to be cremated with." I definitely have favorites, but everything's expendable, really. That said, there's probably lots of them that will still be around when I kick the bucket.
  3. BruceM


    I've been in touch with a few people who have confirmed this. I will try to call his wife Sue tomorrow. I'm deeply saddened. Ray was a good man, a good friend and a very generous soul. He was also one of the dependable regulars at the 4-3-2-1 Club jams, and I've missed him the past few years as he's struggled physically. I know I've got lots of photos of Ray over the years. I'll take some time this weekend to put together a tribute. As with a few other of my good friends, I first met Ray when he walked through my back door with a wad of $100 bills, looking for a guitar, a Newport Pro. The rest is HFC history. <big sigh> Rest in Peace, my friend.
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    Eric Otten

    I'm so sorry to hear this news. I'm grateful that I had the chance to spend time with Caddie, and I'm honored that he made the effort to visit our tiny little corner of the world at the 4-3-2-1 Club in Minneapolis. Rest in peace.
  5. It wouldn't be a proper HFC Jam thread without at least one picture. As you can see, the 4-3-2-1 Club is still a magical place! It's always great fun with these guys. I hope to have one more party this year, probably in the late October or early November timeframe. I'll give a little more advance notice and hopefully we'll have a few celebrities in attendance.
  6. I have not heard this album yet, but I will pick it up. I've been a fan for many years, and of course the Staple Singers were a part of the soundtrack of my youth. I bought her 2006 CD, We'll Never Turn Back, when it came out and revisited the Staple Singers catalogue at that time as well. I hadn't listened to her albums from the last decade though, until I read Jeff Tweedy's autobiography recently and realized that he was writing songs and producing albums for her. I've listened to most of her stuff since then, and I consider it all outstanding. Tweedy's album output with her includes: You Are Not Alone, One True Vine and If All I Was Was Black. I also like Livin' On a High Note quite a lot as well. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll pick this one up too, and I'll have to give the interviews a listen.
  7. Bump. Anyone around this weekend? I've got drummers and a few guitarists showing up. The more merrier!
  8. This one's kind of last minute, but it's one of my few open weekends going into October, and I haven't seen some of my locals in awhile. Hope to see some people of for music and wieners on Saturday. It's the usual timeline. Anytime after 5:00 is fine with me.
  9. I'm a fan. You're still at the top of my list of HFC Guitarists I NEED To See and Hear Live. There's a couple of others HFC members on that list too, but today you're right up there at the top. I'm also hoping you'll show up at the 4-3-2-1 Club someday. You'd fit right in with the All-Stars, or Petty-Cult Junction, as we dubbed ourselves last night.
  10. I've gotta give props where they're due, and my friend David has been werkin' it! I'm very happy for Mrs. Smith, and David, or both. Mrs. Smith's Rolling Stone Interview Watch out, Kirk!
  11. Oh, and I'm going bare bones with the food choices this time. I've got the sausages, the queso dip and chips, and the bar cookies covered. If anyone wants anything else, like potato salad or baked beans, bring it along. It's all about the music anyway, right?
  12. I've been wanting to plan a trip to Charlotte to visit friends that live there. I had tentatively planned to be there that same weekend, but it's looking like it might not happen now, for me. Perhaps I'll reconsider. On my bucket list of Charlotte things to do is to go and see a show featuring the Hawthornes, which you will remember is coolfeel's band. I was communicating with him by PM in early February, and they had a show booked on Friday, April 12. There's been no communication between he and I since then, but you might want to look that up if you've got free time that night. I really like the Hawthorne's latest release.
  13. Some of the guys decided we should have another party at my house, where we play loud music and eat wieners, so that's what we're gonna do. Saturday, March 23, 5ish. By now, you know the drill, so stop in and play guitar, drums, bass or sing. It will be fun. No, really.
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