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We at Homespun are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and Homespun instructor, Stacy Phillips, on Tuesday, June 5. He suffered a heart attack after playing a gig near Hartford, CT and died in a nearby hospital.
Stacy was a popular and near-ubiquitous figure on the Northern bluegrass scene for decades, playing in numerous bands, doing session work, teaching and writing instruction books. Through the years, he had played and recorded with many musicians familiar to Homespun customers: Kenny Kosek, Tony Trischka, Andy Statman and Jerry Douglas, among others. He was adept at bluegrass, klezmer, Irish ...
We're pleased to announce that, in response to several customer requests, our online audio lessons can now be enjoyed in your choice of formats: 1) Play and work with them in our proprietary player; 2) Stream them directly from your computer or mobile device; 3) download them to your hard drive as MP3 files.
• Our player, which we offer for both audio and video playback, provides an excellent, convenient way to keep all your lessons in one easy-to-find place and gives you advanced practice controls such as looping and slow-down of the audio.
• Streaming is right there when you ...
We're delighted to announce that you can now keep any lessons that strike your fancy in your own WishList. When you open a page for a Homespun product and you want to save it for later, simply click on the little heart next to "Buy Now." It will automatically be deposited in your very own list, which you can access anytime by clicking the Your WishList button at the top of each page. Thanks to the customers who wrote and suggested this feature. We heard you!
Happy will be teaching at two renowned guitar camps in the coming month. 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.
Richard Thompson's Frets and Refrains, Big Indian, NY July 9 - 13 - The iconic British singer/songwriter/guitar master has been heading this guitar and songwriting camp on the gorgeous grounds of The Full Moon Resort for seven years ...
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 ...
It was with shock and unspeakable sadness that we have learned of the death of our friend Pete Huttlinger, a monumentally talented guitarist and a warm, funny and brave human being. Pete was one of Homespun's most prolific instructors and, through this association, he and his wonderful wife, Erin, became our treasured friends. Just a day or two before his death, I had an email correspondence with him about his next instructional project for us. Pete was one of those rare virtuosic players who was willing to share his love of the guitar with us less talented mortals, and ...