David Mayfield

I recently discovered David Mayfield. He opened for the Avett brothers in Burlington, VT and I really enjoyed his music and “bubbly” performance style.

I’ve put together a pretty good ukulele cover of “Breath of Love” using chords found at Ultimate Guitar, simplified a bit.  I don’t capo on this, on the uke, straight playing matches my voice best.

Breath of Love, David Mayfield Chords & Lyrics

David has been opening for the Avett Brothers on and off for years. he also has put out a few CD’s of his own, as “The David Mayfield Parade” as well as a lot of live work with his sister, Jessica Lea Mayfield. As usual from sibling singers, their harmonies are just lovely.


So much for blogging more!

It’s been about forever since I last blogged, sorry about that. I’ve tried to keep up with the Facebook page as well but that’s been slow indeed.

I owe a BIG post at some point because I got a new ukulele! You can read all about it here.

It is a Kala KA-STG from Hawaii Music Supply, setup with Worth Brown Low G strings and the K&K Twin Spot pickup. I am absolutely loving it. It has just the sound I was looking for. It’s loud and plays beautifully. The solid spruce top and the Worth Brown’s play beautifully off of each other.


I’ve been working on a few songs with my lovely wife who is learning guitar. We are hoping to have them ready for the next church coffee house night.

Songs I’ve been playing, some more successfully than others…


Jake Shimabukuro Coming to the Tupelo Music Hall

Jake ShimabukuroJake Shimabukuro

Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 pm
Tupelo Music Hall – Vermont
White River Junction, VT



“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” – Eddie Vedder

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter.



What I’m Playing: January 2014

A new year, a new self-promise to blog more… we’ll see how it goes. ;)

Two new songs I’ve been working on to play at Coffee House Open Mics. The first is off the new Avett Brothers CD, Magpie and the Dandelion. The song is “Morning Song”…

Chords from here: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/the_avett_brothers/morning_song_crd.htm

Next up is a song from one of my new, favorite bands, Mandolin Orange. This folk duo’s sound has really touched me. Soothing and sweet, I love it. The song, “Waltz About Whiskey” got a lot of traction after NPR Music promoted it. It is on the CD Another Side of Jordan.

I used a very cool tool called Riffmaster to figure out the chords, which you can download here:  Waltz About Whiskey

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The Ukulele Community Mourns a Legend


Just saw this morning that Micheal Aratani aka “MGM, Music Guy Mic, has passed away.

MGM is well known throughout the uke community. As a long time employee of Hawaii Music Supply (HMS) and all around ambassador of the instrument.

There is a condolences thread at the UU Forums [LINK] if you want to share your thoughts.

MGM was omnipresent in the uke community, both in person, online, and on the phone. He was a friend to everyone he met, a wealth of knowledge about the instrument, a trusted ear, someone who sold countless uke players their first ukulele.

He will be deeply missed.

There are lots of MGM videos out there, but I particularly love this one, where he plays a memorial song for his grandmother, on her ukulele, a Manuel Nunes from the 1900′s.

And MGM doing what he truly loved, teaching everyone to play the ukulele.


Julia Nunes! (post-show wrap-up)


Had a great time at the Julia Nunes Show in Strafford NH last night!

She and Will Sturgeon played a mixed set of mostly Julia originals, one of Will’s originals (the very catchy “Little Bird”) and a medley-mashup of pop covers. I was impressed with how they could both walk in out of a cold, New Hampshire, October night and start belting out beautiful harmonies right off the bat. Total pros.

She also performed her cover of Royals, by Lordes. With Will and the crowd adding in backing vocals (she insists on lots of crowd participation!) and harmonies to the sparse percussion, and Julia’s amazing voice, it was one of the highlights of the night. Continue reading

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