Steve Madewell

Pedestrian Ramblings

Saturday, MJ and I ran up to and caught Greg Brown at the Ark in Ann Arbor. The guy is a treasure. Wonderful show. Bo Ramsey opened up and also played with Greg. Bo's guitar work was so subtle and just kept building through the night. I always find it wonderful when someone slowly but surely kicks me in the pants. Ann Arbor is such a sweet little city and the Ark is a great venue as well. Big Fun. Ohh Checked out the Herb David guitar studio...I don't know, might have been a mistake. I keep preaching we all need to give up the want, but there was one guitar there that....well...i might want. Hit the road after the show in order to get back to Cleveland to do play some tunes at the Gold Cup horse show Sunday. Nice late morning early afternoon event. Saw a surprizing number of folks from the Greenville Inn days.
For a number of years Al Bonnis and I played together as Late As Usual, sometimes as a duo and sometimes as a trio with my friend Vance Wissinger. A few years ago I started working on more of my original material and began doing more solo performances. All the while Al has been playing with his son Andrew who is really a very good musicain in his own right. This past week we did a couple private parties together. One night AL and I played electric guitars and we did a selection of blues and swing numbers. The next we all play "unplugged" including Andrew on an upright. Big fun all the way around!
My second CD arrived just in time for a series of shows the first weekend in Sept. For now you can download a digital version through: I was so fortunate to have a very nice article appear in the in the News Herald about the CD and the activities of the weekend. Bob Hollister flew in just for the occassion! We had one crazy night of running around and rehearsing, and then we were off to the races... We did a sit down concert as a benifit for the Hospice of the Western Reserve on Friday night. Bob did a great one hour show, then I did a bout half the songs from the CD. Which by the way is named after the creek valley where Bob lives. Wine and cheese followed and a good time was had by all. All the proceeds for the evening including CD sales went to Hospice. Saturday was a similar show at the Geauga Park District's Donald Meyer Center for about a hundred folks, only this time Bob and I just took turns doing tunes. We even sang a few together! Sunday it was off to the Conneaut Cellars annual patron pic nic where we had a blast playing anything and everything that came to mind. It was a great weekend, but I sure missed Caroline Quine... She worked so hard with me, pulling and pushing me along the way during the recording process. And she also did the Graphics on the CD....Which are lovely. Oh yes the CD, in a short while it will be available through CD Baby, eventually I tunes and Digimusic. But first I have a few things to take care of in the mean time.

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