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Original Solo Acoustic Guitar Compositions

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The Paul Ukena Trio Live at Martinfest

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Check out Spoon’s Martinfest Journal of Adventure at the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum

With Photos and Videos!

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Spoon’s Martinfest Schedule:

Thursday and Friday: C. F. Martin & Company, Nazareth, PA, catching up with old friends and playing new guitars.

Saturday: Martin on Main Street Fair, center of town at the top of Main St.

2:45 Spoon will be appearing with the Paul Ukena Trio on the main stage.

5:00 Spoon will be preforming solo on the main stage

Sunday: Nazareth Boro Park, rain or shine.

 

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Highland Shatners At Hank’s Saloon – Friday, April 13

Join me tomorrow, Friday the 13th celebrating with fine music in Brooklyn at Hank’s Saloon, famous for “live music and cheap drinks!”
 
The Highland Shatners go on at 9 PM! With a lot of tunes we didn’t do on St. Pats.
 
At 8PM is the lithe and lovely lyricism of Jesse Kilguss and her band.
 
After our set is the high and mighty honky tonk of the Cliff Westfall Band at 10PM.
 
Life in a Blender rocks the house at 11 PM!!!
 
And at midnight is the lithe and lovely lyricism of the lithe and lovely Emmerson and Her Clammy Hands. And that’s the name of her band, not a commentary on her guitar playing.
 
Hank’s Saloon is a legendary tavern that is closing at the end of the year. Come check it out!!!
 
46 Third Ave (corner of Atlantic Ave) • Brooklyn NY • Ain’t no phone
 

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The Highland Shatners Annual St. Patrick’s Day Show

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with our unique blend of traditional Celtic music, 60’s Paisley Pop, and songs from Star Trek!
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Saturday, March 17, Freddy’s back room
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627 5th Ave, ‘twixt 17th and 18th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
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9:30PM til ?
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And they make WONDERFUL corn beef sandwiches just on St. Pat’s!

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The Martin 000C-21 TSP Public Debut

T Spoon Phillips Bushwick Book Club January 2018 Martin Guitar

My new Custom Artist Martin guitar made its public debut at Bushwick Book Club, featuring songs inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel Player Piano. At the new artist tea house called Mirror in the Woods, in the upcoming Gowanus section of Brooklyn.

So Many Features!

The T Spoon Phillips Custom Artist Martin Guitar

“I am proud as punch on Christmas Eve” to have the honor and privilege to design a Martin guitar made available for sale to the general public at Maury’s Music (maurysmusic.com)

It will be officially announced at Maury’s Music on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

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If you like this video, I made it myself. If you don’t, I had no help.

I stole that line from a friend’s home studio CD. But the same sentiment applies to this video, and especially to this guitar, as I designed it entirely on my own.

And while it represents where I am musically in 2018, and the kind of guitar required of the diverse modes and genres of music I am expected to perform these days, it’s design contains decades of my experience with some of the world’s finest acoustic guitars.

I am especially indebted to Maury’s Music for their longtime friendship, and their confidence in my ability to put together a guitar that they would be almost as proud to offer for sale as I am for having designed it.

I believe this finely-crafted, professional-level musical instrument will be of practical use for players of Jazz and Rock, due to its sleek, fast neck, and expressive dynamic range, while the quintessential Martin tone will appeal to those who play music more-typically associated with flattop acoustic guitars. It is as well-suited for cowboy songs as it is New Age or Celtic fingerstyle tunes, and was designed and constructed with versatility as its primary virtue.

It is an instrument geared to be the do-all workhorse for many kinds of musicians, while built with the precision and delicacy to make the most out of precise, delicate musical artistry, and with a list of special features both luxurious and exclusive, yet all chosen carefully for the creation and enhancement of tone and the music made with it.

As Dick Boak says, “It is all about tone, Tone, TONE!”

There truly isn’t another high-end, short-scale, rosewood 000 on the market remotely like it.

Just about everyone among Martin’s main Custom Shop team did something to help me realize this long-and-thought-out project. I do not know if I am lucky or liked, but if I had been turned loose in the wood acclimation warehouse at Martin, I could not have picked out a soundboard more to my liking. And whoever found a Guatemalan rosewood back with that much straight grain in the center deserves a much bigger box of pastry than I could fit in a mailbox. And the way it takes on a 3D effect where the back meets the neck, like a waterfall plunging into a deep abyss, is far out!

 

T Spoon Phillips Martin 000C-21 TSP shoulders

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And the time and effort that obviously went into the smallest details in the creation of this instrument, e. g. picking out a perfectly matched set of colorful abalone position markers of equal and balanced iridescence, made me choke up like an Oscar winner when I took it from its case for the first time, and then sat down on the morning of December 21st, and my new amazing Martin guitar told me what to play. And it was love.

 

 

Forty Years in the Making

It has been over 40 years since the Jackson Browne album, For Everyman, made its initial impact upon my young, impressionable ears. More to the point, it was the never flashy but always evocative guitar work provided by David Lindley on that record that schooled me in how a sideman can so enhance a song without overdoing it with superfluous fireworks. And it has been less than 40 years since I read the interview where Lindley mentioned that his favorite recording acoustic guitar was a 000-21 from the early ’40s.

If I would not have already been drawn to Martin’s Style 21 instruments because of their esoteric status and utilitarian yet beautiful aesthetics, with rosewood a bit too wild and woolly in its looks for the staid Martin Company’s ship-of-the-line 28s, Mr. Dave’s endorsement sealed the deal.

Long have I had the dream of creating an instrument that would prove genuinely versatile for a musician who played as much Jazz or Rock on their acoustic guitar as Folk or Fingerstyle, while having a tonal heart that would have been right at home at the Martin Guitar Company of the 1930s and ’40s.

And this instrument has exceeded my every expectation.

tsp, nyc

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In other news: I will be appearing at Bushwick Book Club on Tuesday, January 30. This installment of the show based on great books is at Mirror in the Woods, the hot new venue on Union Street in Gowanus, not far from Park Slope. They are doing songs inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano. But I did not write a song, but I will be playing with someone who did.

After all it is January, and that means NAMM and new guitars, and I got enough to write about as it is!

So that is all I can say about this particular new guitar for now!

Spoon, out!

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 Blowhole Theater Holiday Spectacular!!!

Thursday Night! Dec. 14th – 7 PM

BLOWHOLE THEATER HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!!!!!

Hosted by Don Rauf of Life in Blender and me, your humble Spoon

CounterEvolution

37 West 17th Street – SECOND FLOOR
New York, NY 10011

Inspired by the Coney Island sideshow of the same name, Blowhole Theater the (once upon a time) annual holiday variety show, is returning to December for the first time in many years.

Featuring the first NYC appearance of the Paul Ukena Trio in far too long!

Plus many fun musical acts, stand-up comedy, witty monologists; even the Amazing Sargasso, our mystic contact with the great beyond!!!

Including… Robin Aigner, Chris Rael, Chris Smiley, Charlie Nieland, Susan Hwang, Marlon Cherry, Henry Tenney, and Don Rauf, The Possible Gaynor, Martin Kramer, Leah Coloff, Andrew Lederer, Jessie Kilguss, Kenny Young and the Eggplant, Angela Alverson, Myron the Magnificent, Monty Banks, Bill Tipper, Jon Protas of the Nice Men, Michael Wilder, and The Jackson Pinks.

All in the amazingly cool showroom of CounterEvolution with handmade furnishings built from old bowling alleys.

FREE!!! – ok, there may be some small donation expected to help pay for the refreshments.

As ever, I will be doing a song at the start of the show, and the Paul Ukena Trio will be on sometime during the first hour. And I will be doing the co-hosting throughout the night, and running the traditional Blowhole Moonshine Ritual with volunteers from the audience.

The Most December Fun You Can Have With Your Snow Pants Off!!!!

Bring Both Your Friends!!!!!

Blowhole Theater – December 14th – 7PM Til the Reindeer Come Home!!!!!!

CounterEvolution

37 West 17th Street – SECOND FLOOR
New York, NY 10011

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You Can Say That Again!

I just got back from another visit to Maury’s Music to shoot guitar demos, “And boy are my arms tired!”

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Bushwick Book Club – Meat Cake Bible by Dame Darcy

Here is the tune Wax Wolf, with lyrics by Henry Tenney and music by your humble Spoon, inspired by Meat Cake Bible, the recently released collection of Dame Darcy’s macabre alt-comic Meat Cake, video by Dame Darcy.

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Blow Hole Theater – August 23

The seasonal variety show that goes back to the 1980s surfaces to send up another spout of talent, music, comedy, and impersonations of barnyard animals

Barbes, Brooklyn 6:30 – 9:30

Co-hosted by your humble Spoon

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Martinfest 2017 – August 3 – 7

Public Performances:

Saturday Aug. 5 – Main Stage at Martin on Main, Nazareth, PA.

I will be doing my own stuff at 1:30, and playing with the Paul Ukena Trio at 2:30

Sunday Aug. 6 – Boro Park, Nazareth, PA

Paul Ukena Trio – approx. 1:00

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“It was a total blast!” recalls former spokesmodel

Check out these and other revealing guitar demonstration videos at Maury’s Music’s YouTube Channel

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Off to the wilds of the Panther Valley and Coaldale, Pennsylvania, to shoot some guitar demonstration videos for Maury’s Music

This will be my first opportunity to see the new Martin 0-18 and compared it directly to the 00-18. Awesome!

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Friday, March 17, 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day with the Highland Shatners!

It is that time of year when there is no fear that the green will sprout throughout the former colonies and part’s west.
 
Gather ye to the hearth and mug on St. Pat’s 3/17/17 with special food and fine ales at Freddy’s, on 5th Ave. near 17th Street, in New York’s famous Brooklyn, to see the Highland Shatners!
 
Feast upon uplifting melodies of down crashing sheleighlies, interplanetary drinking songs, and for the tenderhearted, touching ballads of motherless children and VD.
 
The Highland Shatners go on in the backroom at 8:30 PM with our unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes from all the Isles, with Paisley Pop from the 1960s, modern Scottish music, and of course songs from Star Trek. Just one of several acts in place to accompany your revelry.
 
Do I reach? Or will you remain Herbert not there, and so very square?

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Paul Ukena Trio Website

Check out the new site and add your name to the mailing list

Spoon Phillips unkenatrio

unkenatrio.com

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Bushwick Book Club

I was happy to accept an invitation to accompany Henry Tenney at the June Bushwick Book Club, featuring songs inspired by David Lynch’s autobiographical work.

June 8, 2016

Counter Evolution in New York’s famous Manhattan

 

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Tennessee Williams Inspires New Music

Monday night The Bushwick Book Club at Superfine in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The poster said 8, BUT the official start time is 7pm/SUNSET with a new conceptual piece by Marc Buchy.

 
The performances will start afterwards (approx. 7:30/8?).
Please join us at 7pm if you can! This installment of B B C are songs inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
 
I will presenting a new song written for the occasion, with help from various members of Spoonville and the Highland Shatners.
Tennessee Williams T Spoon Phillips
                                                                     Image: Jullie LaMendola

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St. Patrick’s Day  with the Highland Shatners

Thursday March 17 – 7:30

Freddy’s Bar

627 5th Ave near 17th St. in Brooklyn

We will be playing unplugged acoustic in the main bar near the piano

The R train to Prospect Av (which is 15th St.) at 4th Ave. and Freddy’s is between 17th and 18th St. on 5th Ave.

But the 5th Ave. bus from Park Slope is leisurely and drops you off right across the street.

http://freddysbar.com/

So come get your Irish on with the Highland Shatners, even though we play Scottish music and stuff from Star Trek.

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Winter NAMM!

The Winter NAMM show opens Thursday in sunny Southern California.

I am off to the frigid snowfields of Nazareth, PA and the Martin Guitar Factory to get a hands-on look at the 2016 models.

My exclusive reviews will be appearing at

One Man’s Guitar

and check out my social and cultural commentary at

One Man’s World

But I intend to find time to further expand and improve on the new version to tspguitar.com

So check in from time to time and see how it’s shaping up!

Spoon, out

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Not all guitars are created equal

tspguitar.com internet homne of T Spoon Phillips 1930 OM-45 Deluxe

1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe (photo: Robert Corwin)