2016 Lester DeVoe Blanca

Just over a week ago my new guitar made by Lester DeVoe arrived. What a beautiful instrument, it feels and sounds amazing, I had a connection with the instrument right away, there is something about it that really speaks to me. My deepest thanks and appreciation to Lester for making such a beautiful guitar, I'm truly grateful to have this instrument to start a new chapter in my music and look forward to writing and recording with it. 

Here is more info about Lester DeVoe 

http://www.devoeguitars.com/

http://www.flamenco-guitar.net/museum/lester-devoe/history/

Toto Tour 2016

I had a wonderful time out on tour doing the lighting for TOTO,  It's always wonderful to travel and see places that are new and familiar. I took a lot of photos that I need to post. Here is a photo taken of all of us with the Japanese crew taken before a show at the Budokan in Tokyo.  The biggest thanks to the European and Japanese crews, the very best of the best and of course to the Band (which is like family to me) for having me out with them, it's always an honor. 

Guitar

On my new album AEAEA I had the privilege of recording with a beautiful flamenco blanca made by Lester DeVoe. I love how the guitar sounds on the record and how easy it was to dial in a guitar tone. In fact, there was no dialing at all, Lester's guitars are so well balanced and have such a rich full tone that you just need to pull up a mic and play.  It was exactly the guitar tone I was looking for on this album. Almost has a "bell" like quality to the higher strings and found it perfect for the music I write and play. It is also the guitar I had on tour with Ottmar Liebert back in 09' which worked perfectly for playing live with a mic. Immediate compliments from the sound engineer at sound check when we put a mic on it.

Here are a few photo's of the guitar

 

I am very much looking forward to a new flamenco blanca guitar that I've had on order with Lester and I believe he starts working on it in the next week or so which puts the delivery date to around 5 months time. We talked about changing the neck size ever so slightly to fit my fretting hand as I feel my hands have changed a bit over time and a few other requests I had made for the guitar. This time around I have chosen a cedar top with cypruss sides, amber finish and a rosette that has a Greek Key in it, which we both agreed the design fits me well being that AEAEA and Thira are both Greek influenced along with my family roots. The guitar should look something like this (below). The Greek Key symbolizes the bonds of love, friendship and devotion, eternal life, creative energy. This rosette also pays homage to the old Santos Hernandez rosette and Lester calls this, his Santos design.

A few examples of the Greek Key for those of you not familiar:

I'm very much looking forward to the next chapter of music with this new guitar and feel very blessed to be able to work with Lester again. I'm looking forward to how this instrument will inspire me to write and play.

Thank You!

THANK YOU!

It's been a week already since the new album has been released and I wanted to send a big thanks for all your support, positive feedback and reviews, sharing the links, videos and for purchasing the record. It's been getting very strong reviews so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where the adventure will go with this album. It's a bit of a departure from my previous works and thrilled to see the warm reception it has been getting from fans and reviewers alike. Big thanks to everyone!

Wishing you all a happy TGIF and great weekend!

Cheers -

SD

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