Thursday, March 27, 2008

stephen's guitar

Last Sunday night I was at a concert in a great old church in Kitsilano and became fixated on the guitar. Have I told you lately how much I love the magical interwebs? From that initial fixation I was able to find some photos of it on Stephen Fearing's website, then find a few video clips of him playing it on YouTube. Finally, I found a link to the luthier (I just learned a new word), Linda Manzer, and found the exact guitar, the Cowpoke, in her brochure. This drawing is my stylized version of it, done before I found Manzer's website.

Great concert, very intimate. This video clip of Johnny's Lament, Stephen's ode to Johnny Cash, at last summer's Ottawa Bluesfest is not the best quality but is a glimpse of his storytelling skill as well as his musicianship. And what a nice guitar!



22 Comments:

Blogger dinahmow said...

Oh, alright...maybe I will "lug the damn' hard drive" in for a new sound card!
Like your drawing of your friend's gat.

27/3/08 6:47 PM  
Blogger Donn said...

One of my neighbours is a luthier who has worked on quite a few gitboxs owned and operated by famous Canuck Rockers.

Gorgeous drawing...do you feel an entire collection of instruments coming on?

27/3/08 9:13 PM  
Blogger Casdok said...

Love your picture.

28/3/08 1:53 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Great drawing!

Odd how these passions develop.

28/3/08 5:00 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I like how your inspiration came about - and I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan and appreciated the video.

28/3/08 8:29 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Dinah: I lived without a sound card for years and was amazed when I discovered what I was missing. Get on it, woman!!!

Donn: Hey, thanks! I wasn't sure if you ever noticed the art. :) I love the look and feel of musical instruments and have thought about doing a series for years. I just need to get through all the other series first... :) This is actually the third guitar I've drawn lately and plan to do more.

Casdok: Thanks.

Caroline: I know -- and just after I wrote the nerd post I go parading it like it's a badge of honour! What a nerd I am.

Cynthia: I also love Johnny Cash, always have, and never knew quite why. I think it's like Stephen says, something about the honesty and passion of both the music and the man.

28/3/08 2:24 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Lovely vid (and your art too of course). 'Looking forward to seeing folks perform in venues other than YouTube... Soon! (I may not turn on my computer for a week when I'm no longer chained to my desk).

28/3/08 3:23 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Stephen Fearing, lucky you. Your guitar is superlative.

28/3/08 3:54 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Andrea, you're an artistic genius! If you aren't rich yet, something's very wrong! Robin

29/3/08 10:52 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Hurrah, hurrah, I received my package! Thanks so much - and for the charming card, too! I can't wait till I can hang them both up.

29/3/08 5:31 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Tara: I think you'll be needing some serious therapeutic gardening soon!

Ian: I almost saw him in Cumberland last year until my friend from Nanaimo had to bow out. I believe he plays there semi regularly.

Robin: You made my day! Next stop, the bank, just in case... :)

Hayden: You're lucky, having Saturday mail deliveries. So glad it all arrived in one piece.

29/3/08 6:18 PM  
Blogger kj said...

hello andrea!

30/3/08 9:05 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

"I wish I was crazy again."

Ha! How true...

Lovely rendition of the guitar, Andrea.

31/3/08 6:40 PM  
Blogger Donn said...

Oh carp now I feel like such a schmuck!
I ALWAYS love your Art-infinity!

31/3/08 10:54 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

KJ: Hi!

WW: It is a great line, isn't it?

Donn: Gotcha!

1/4/08 10:26 AM  
Blogger San said...

That subtle little bird sitting atop the guitar--the perfect crowning touch!

2/4/08 9:19 AM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I've just spent the last hour or so looking at the Manzer brochure, and am feeling like I want to be a consumer. I've waned to replace my guitar for years now and this is where I've come to rest. I think I'll email her now. She's got a waiting list but I'm sure it will be well worth it.
Wasn't that a great concert? I'm sure it was nearly the same as the one in Winnipeg. I love the way he talks his way into the next song.
Did you notice he gave your blog post a nod on his website...pretty cool. What did you do with the drawing? Is it for sale?
Loved the post. Thanks, Andrea.

5/4/08 12:28 PM  
Blogger christine said...

you should get the boyyo to use that pic for his next album cover.....it's lovely.
:) i also love the cowpoke. i've carried that cowpoke. it's a beautiful thing & the owner does same amazing things with it.
thanks for sharing that with us all

18/4/08 7:20 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

San: Couldn't resist.

Brian: As the guy who introduced me to SF's music, I wish I could buy a Manzer for you.

Christine: Next time you get your hands on that cowpoke you should suggest it to the owner. I'd even produce something new for gratis but I'd hate to sound like a pushy broad looking for the main chance.

18/4/08 8:31 AM  
Blogger christine said...

Andrea, i'll be seeing said owner this Friday at Hugh's in To & i'll try some subliminal or maybe overtly obvious suggestions. maybe bribery would work????
:)
i DO know that said solo is probably a bit in the future, following his next venture with that other 3 headed beast he hangs with (umm...the Rodeo Kings)
thanks again for sharing. i'm actually a bit of a 'folk art' fan so i enjoyed discovery you this way:)

21/4/08 2:16 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks, Christine.

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