Imagine a spirited, eleven-year-old girl. A girl who simply loves to sing, everywhere. She learns guitar songs, she plays the ukulele. When the chords are hard, she doesn’t give up; she keeps practicing and believing in herself. This week, a very excited Ruby Jean Gardner came to Verkstad to record two songs in her Poppop’s music studio. Over the course of two days, working alongside John, Ruby came to truly understand the power of both her own voice and the world of recorded music. Every Adele, every Judy Collins, every Joan Baez experienced a “first” recording session - that time when they realized that their voice was bigger than they ever imagined. These are Ruby’s first recorded songs.
Just 7 episodes in, Ed Peterson and I welcomed Frank Gross, owner of Thunder Road Guitars, to Verkstad for a special episode of The High Gain podcast. Frank brought a 1959 Jazzmaster with him, and we had a blast talking about it with him. We learned so much about that guitar, as well as the vintage guitar market, in general. We may have even coined a new term: "back-alley retail"
I've begun an experiment in songwriting. I'm asking anyone who is interested to tweet me @verkstad using the hashtag #MakeMeSing. Write anything you want; send me a single word, send me more - it's up to you.Read More
A song about deciding not to care
The Swedish Legal System wishes to offer you, the valued customer, this cover of Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'.
The Swedish Legal System have just completed their annual stop-motion holiday music video extravaganza for you, the valued customer. Enjoy!
A group of musicians at Microsoft has created a compilation CD of music called Songs For The South. 100% of all proceeds from the sale of this CD go directly to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Not only that, but Microsoft will match your purchase 100%.
I'm proud to have designed the cover for this disc, as well as having contributed a Regular song.
A few years back, I toured with a band as part of a film called Silence. The movie itself was silent; the actors performed their parts, while the musicians provided the music. The score was written by Jon Sampson, who also played upright bass for the production. I was a jack of all trades. I played rhythm guitar, a de-tuned zither, a trumpet played through a leslie speaker, djembe, cymbals and "The Duchamp"Read More