3 Nov, 2014

Student Guitar Recital

IMG_1332When I’m not rocking, I love teaching! I’ve been lucky to have some great students over the years out of my private studio, from Benedictine College and from MWSU.

We’ve got some great ones now! We’re having our fall guitar recital at Missouri Western State University this Thursday, Nov. 6. Potter Fine arts bldg. room 112 at 630. 1st grade to graduating guitar majors and the MWSU guitar ensemble will all perform. Maybe, we’ll even jam at the end.

For more info on my teaching visit…


See you there!

30 Oct, 2014

Trick or Treat

IMG_6154Happy Halloween! When I was a kid, this was just my favorite. My mom made most of my really amazing homemade costumes. I don’t get too dolled up these days but she still helps with our kids. This year we’ve got a Zombie and a female Dr. Who!JR_penguinpose2_Sm

I’ll be at Magoon’s “Haunted Saloon” tonight, pre-holiday. Friday night we’ll get our treats on! Saturday is Dia de los Muertos and I’m very lucky to be playing with Maria the Mexican for an Arts KC Live! event at the power and light.

Here’s some more details for that show…

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ArtsKC is excited to announce a new partnership with the Kansas City Power & Light District to highlight the talent and creativity of ArtsKC Fund grant recipients and raise awareness and funds for the ArtsKC Fund. ArtsKC LIVE! is a performance showcase and family festival that will feature ArtsKC Fund grant recipient performances and interactive art projects on the KC LIVE! Stage and on Walnut and 14th Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Event Details:
Saturday, November 1, 2014 | Noon-6pm
KC LIVE! Stage in the Kansas City Power & Light District

Performances Featured on the KC Live Stage from:
StoneLion Puppet Theatre
Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, Brillante
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, AileyCamp the Group
Kansas City Boys’ Choir & Kansas City Girls’ Choir
Victor & Penny
5 Star Jazz Band
Gustavo Adolfo Aybar
Right Between the Ears
Kansas City Ballet Second Company
Maria the Mexican – 3:45
Mighty Mo Combo
Carswell & Hope
(Final performance order may vary from this listing)

17 Oct, 2014



One of my favorite things is getting to play in the pit orchestras for musicals. I’ve been lucky to be able to do a few really great ones over the years and it’s always a lot of fun working on the shows with the casts.

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to do one. I have to turn a lot of them down due to other calendar conflicts, etc. Bummer for me.

When I got the chance to play in the local production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, well I just cleared everything to do it.

Great comedy and fun music and Monty Python is one of my favorites! This thing has calls for 5 different guitars, a banjo, a ukelele and I even tuned a 15 course renaissance tenor lute (I’m not playing that!) I wanted to include a photo of my “rig” in the pit, but hey… it’s dark down there.

I can’t wait!

If you’re around the big city, come see this show!

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? Experience one of the greatest Tony Award winning, Broadway musicals of the modern age!

October 24-25, 2014 7:30PM
October 26, 2014 2:00PM

Historic Missouri Theatre
717 Edmond Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501

Mainstage Series · Reserved Seating

Tickets are still available for purchase by going online to: http://www.rrtstjoe.org or http://www.jomotickets.com
You can also purchase them by calling 816-232-1778, stop by the RRT Business Office, or purchase them from the Missouri Theatre Box Office starting 45 minutes prior to show.

16 Oct, 2014

Pig Farmer on Top 40 International Country Music Chart


Our friends with Pig Farmer get tons of airplay overseas for lover’s of American country music. The band’s music is regularly featured on Country, Rockabilly and Americana radio programs around the world.

Jimmy just sent me a note that included Pig Farmer’s tune “Tormented by You” had reached #9 on the International Mainstream Country Music Chart in September. The band is #82 on the top 200 artists list too! Right behind Vince Gill and Emmylou.


1. T Jae Christian – The Song Wrote Itself
2. Jeff Chase & HermannL Meyer – Toolin on my Harley
3. Clelia Adams – Honky Tonk Moon
4. Randy Hood – Song for daddy
5. Buddy Eugene – Hankin’It Up
6. Flint Westrock – That’s All
7. Dean Wilt – A Little Pink Ribbon
8. Pig Farmers – Tormented By You
9. Rayburn Anthony – Blue Yodel
10. Cary Rutledge – You Loved Me With Your All
I’ve been lucky to play on the last few Pig records and need to get back out to the farm to finish some tracks for the next one.

Way to go, boys! Soooeeee!


71. The Louvin Brothers
72. Brad Paisley
73. Billy Currington
74. The EverlyBrothers
75. Mary Sarah
76. Steve Adkins
77. Buddy Eugene
78. Bernie Early
79. Cary Rutledge
80. Vince Gill
81. Emmylou Harris
82. Pig Farmers
83. Johnny Bush
84. Joy Adams
85. Kathy Mattea
86. Jim Lauderdale
87. Roger Knott
88. Elvis Presley

10 Oct, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month with Maria the Mexican

October is Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA! Now… I’m not really Hispanic but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the culture fully. I mean… I live in America and we love all things “south of the border”.

My college minor was… “spanish”. Please don’t ask me to conjugate anything. “Spanglish” is a huge part of my daily vocab.

I love anything in a tortilla. It’s a fact. Generally, it’s some kind of meat and cheese, a little lechuga, maybe some pico or salsa. Call it what you want and I’ll happily eat it. Desayuno, Almuerzo o Cena.

I’ve got this gig with Maria The Mexican. Sisters raised on Mariachi who love to rock, tambien. Even Soca J’s got all those Cuban, latin percussion, Caribbean drums and a few tunes sung in… espanol.

So with the greatest respect, I say, Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

If you’ve got some… respecto. And if you’re a lilly-white Irish-man named O’Patrick O’ Riley then you’ll just sweat to fresh chips and spices and the “sabor” your people were denied in the old country. Ole’!


30 Sep, 2014

Maria The Mexican Back in the Studio

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Maria The Mexican was back in the studio recently working on our next project. The band began work on 5 new tunes at ARC Recording Studios in Omaha, NE under the guidance and capable ears of producer/engineer, Ben Brodin.

The core band included bassist, Craig Kew (and Abercrombie), Kent Burnam on drums, D. Garrett and myself laying the initial tracks over a couple of days. They have a pretty nice complex there with a great studio space as well as an apartment where the bands can sleep, cook and hang. A good time was had by all.

The sisters of MtM came in for the last couple of days to put on those amazing harmonies as only they can. I cannot speak to their good time, but I’ll presume there was one.

New music from Maria the Mexican coming soon!

28 Sep, 2014

Octoberfest with Soca Jukebox

So take all the grains you’ve got left over at the end of the season and throw it all in for one big brew!  That’s Oktoberfest as far as I can tell.

This the general mission statement and M.O. for the cross-cultural train wreck that is… Soca Jukebox.

A little Rock, A dash of Calypso, a splash of Soca, a pinch of Country and a bushel of Reggae, now just let it do it’s thing all summer long and…

Kapow!!  SOktoberfest copyomething special for the fall.

FREE OktoberFest Concert with Soca Jukebox at the St. Joe Frontier Casino, October 4!  Doors at 830, Show at 9.  Opa!

25 Sep, 2014

SocaJukebox.Com 3.0


Or maybe it’s 4.0.  We’re losing track of the incredible updates to Soca J’s Cyber real-estate.  Anyway, we love and we know you will too!

Stop by just as often as you can for updates, music and videos of your favorite (and most land-locked) Island Rock mob, SocaJukebox.


Big THANK YOU to Andrew at Keen Meanie Design for the all-out, devastating, new online presence.

14 Aug, 2014

Maria The Mexican in the News

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23 Jul, 2014

Influences – Rick Springfield

I’ve been playing guitar for a while now and it’s a fact that I love all types of music. We’ve been lucky to play with lots of great musicians in many genres from around that world. I go through phases of this or that and always have something to learn.IMG_1201

But… there was a time when I was just a kid with a dream, a tennis raquet and a mirror. In those days, I had every Rick Springfield record (tape), knew every word but nothing about making real music. When I was 8, 9, 10, 11 I wanted to be Rick Springfield.


Tastes change and you hear new things as you grow older but Rick was always there. My Aunt Joni and Uncle Barry had the coolest record collection (real rock stuff) with those great album covers. Boston, Heart, et. al! and they even eventually sold me my first guitar!

Flash forward a few years…

Last week we got to see (for the first time in real life) Rick in concert in KC. I really felt like that kid with his Tennis Raquet in his room hearing all those songs again. Must have been a similiar feeling that those young girls screaming at the Beatles must have had. I don’t think I would have felt that way about seeing Clapton or BB King. I was a little weirded out by my own inner

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I still want to be Rick Springfield. It was a great show and Rick rocked it LOUD! Big Thank you to my Aunt Joni and Uncle Barry for the Tickets! They’re still seeing me through.

Thanks to Rick for the inspiration. A real 80’s Rock star who’s still the real deal today.