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Guitar Gallery Visit Nashville, TN

      As most of you know, I’m “guitarded”, meaning that I’m nuts about guitar! I’m so excited about it’s contribution to my life, and that it has enhanced it so much! Getting the treat of visiting the Guitar Gallery in Nashville, is, more than inspiring, and part of my journey as a musician.

      Most of the music that I played here today was inspired by the instrument. Some things might be somewhat planned, however the guitar itself inspired what I played.

       The Guitar Gallery is a very nice shop. It’s appointment only and caters to serious musicians, who are looking for serious quality. There is a also a great deal of people who collect guitars that frequently buy guitars there. Perhaps, one day, someone will be inspired enough by my playing that they might contribute to my efforts of creating with the acoustic guitar, and my love for the instrument.

      If you’re a youtube person, you may want to subscribe to Guitar Gallery channel. For a link click below.

Guitar Gallery youtube

One of the coolest guitars has to be this steam punk guitar, by Kathy Wingert. This was a very nicely made and hand crafted guitar with “Steam Punk” artistic attributes, that may appeal to folks in the cult of Steam Punk.  If you’re unsure of steam punk, click here for an article on wikipedia. Not only was this guitar interesting looking, but sonically compelling and very pleasurable to play.

IMG_2275The gears here reflect that of the artistic nature of steam punk





Beautiful Cocobolo back and side, which is one thing Kathy Wingert is known for. 


Isn’t that interestingly beautiful. Those are individual gears that are carved into place.





Another one of the suberb guitars that Robin puts in my hands is the mighty Olson Guitar.

Click to see and hear my play it! It has such a haunting sound. Olson is famous for building guitars for Phil Keaggy and James Taylor.

I really love it when I have the opportunity to put one of these guitars in my hands, because Phil Keaggy and James Taylor are heavy hitter influences on my playing. Now…. James, would you buy me one of these? lol yeah right, but hey you never know! 🙂 It would inspire me very much!


This Caldwell Guitar was interesting. Take a listen to the sound samples I recorded.


Interesting Guitar made in Sweden.


Franklin Guitar with mojo,




Here’s a nice OM Martin I played at Guitar Gallery. 1950 000-28/ Reminds me very much of the type of Eric Clapton Guitar.

Would love to have one of these to the collection.


“As always, happy guitar playing! 

And I hope this was inspiring to you!”

Lance Allen

World’s Top Skype Guitar Teacher

Smyrna TN Just outside of Nashville

Exciting New Batson Guitar The P21

Hello everyone!

Recently attend the NAMM trade show and acquired an exciting new guitar from Batson Guitars!

It’s the P21 model acoustic guitar designed right here in Nashville, TN.  The P21 is a part of there newly designed Artist Series which will be available very soon.

This is a very new imported piece and the Batson guitar company is currently working to get these guitars out in the mass market.

I expect you’ll see them available in a few months from this post. Fall 2013

This particular model has these features.

  • Solid Spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides
  • Orchestra Body size similar to Grand Auditorium, very comfortable to play.
  • Maple Binding, and ebony fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Bone nut and saddle.
  • Each guitar inspected and setup in Nashville workshop
  • Electronic Feature for plugging in. (Current model with B-Band T65y, subject to change)

I feel like this would make a perfect addition to any guitarist collection. It’s a fine guitar and sounds incredible.

Pre-Orders are being taken. CLICK HERE


List price on this model is $1699 and expected to sell for around $1300 street, or industry MAP pricing. Get in touch with your local music store today and ask about Batson Guitars, or contact sales@batsonguitars.com

What Industry Professionals are saying:

”Getting my hands on a Batson guitar for the first time was quite a revelation. I was awestruck by the incredible visual sense of design first, and then the thing that really mattered (the sound of the thing, that is) was both unique and enticing. The guitar’s tone seems to come from every part of the instrument at once. The balance and clarity were immediately evident. I’ve never heard or seen anything like a Batson guitar, that’s for sure. The instrument is so sonically compelling, and it also benefits from a design aesthetic determined by an approach to sound projection that I have never before encountered…I feel privileged to have finally made the discovery.”
Don Ross
(one of the greatest, most respected guitar players in the world)

“I was recently introduced to a couple of young guitar luthiers, Cory & Grant Batson.  They brought one of their guitars to my house while I was in a rehearsal for the Master and Musician Tour.  Though I don’t own one of the Batson’s guitars, I was able to see the fine craftsmanship and design in their acoustic.  The design is unconventional- incorporating a tail piece that stretches back toward the end pin beyond the bridge.  And also the sound hole is on the top side. The player feels like he’s getting the full dose of beautiful sound and resonance, but voila’, so are others who may be in close proximity!  The design allows for a very deep tone. The guitar sounds so large it’s uncanny!  The Batson Acoustic falls in line with the very best these days in acoustic guitar design.  Be sure to check one out for yourself”
Phil Keaggy

I’m a friend of Cory and Grant’s. That said, I was highly suspicious of their ability to build a better guitar than my Taylor 814CE, which I adore. You know how it is, I mean, I hang out and drink beer with these guys. I was asking myself, “Can THESE GUYS make a truly awesome guitar? Really?”Anyway, Grant offered to let me borrow one of their guitars for a St. Patrick’s Day gig this year. I had picked up their guitars casually, never to the point where I was really able to evaluate them. They SEEMED nice, but I’m not into first impressions. I was actually a bit reluctant to gig with it, but I didn’t want to hurt Grant’s feelings, so I said okay.

So that was Cory’s personal guitar. After A/B-ing it for an hour with my Taylor, I was kind of pissed. I was mad because, up to that point, there had been NOTHING WRONG WITH MY TAYLOR! Dammit. How dare they make such an amazing guitar. Seriously.

So, I’m a somewhat struggling musician, living in Nashville. I can’t afford $5500 for a guitar. I paid around $2800 for the Taylor, and that was a business investment. They were just rolling out the new No. 5s, which had me, the struggling guitarist, in mind. They are stripped down from the monsters they make in the custom shop, but not in any way that effects the playability. The rosewood/sitka combo is a time honored tone tradition, and the 5s make it sing.

I’m hoping to sell enough of my new CDs to be able to afford one, but fortunately I was asked by the Batsons to use the 5 to make a few cuts on the album, so I got the chance to record a variety of styles with it.

It’s the easiest guitar I’ve ever recorded with. The top sound hole keeps the undesirable bass up and away from the sweet spots on the front soundboard. The guitar is unbelievably resonant. I was telling my friend Trace, who helped me record, that ‘these things sustain so long it’s a problem.’ We were waiting for a last note to ring out, and it seemed like it hung on for two minutes.

You can hear a few cuts on my website:


Hewlett and cicada summer were both recorded with the No.5.

Here’s one that’s not published yet, but that I wrote specifically for the No. 5. It’s played on the non-cutaway, going all the way from drop D to the highest fret on the guitar. It starts off with a stereo mic-ed fingerpicked pattern, overlaid with single mic-ed harmonics and a lead, then moves on to full throttle, heavy pick strumming. I felt like I was taking a crotch rocket motorcycle out for a test drive through the San Juan Skyway in Southern Colorado. Fun.

Have a listen here (also the first track on the media player on the Batson Guitar Website):

open air #5

Rob Higginbotham

“I worked in music retail for the last several years and got to play just about everything out there. I own alot of acoustic guitars, my favorite being my Martin 000-18 golden era. I recently got the chance to play several Batson customs and in my opinion there is nothing better anywhere. The sound you get from the location and size of the sound hole is out of this world. You can hear all of these harmonic overtones and tonal subtleties that you have never heard like this before. Also the balance in tone is absolutely perfect. A crisp warm bass, mids that just sit right where you want them and highs that sound like angels singing. Not to mention that Batson guitars are the most beautiful handcrafted acoustic instruments I’ve ever seen. No doubt my next guitar will be a Batson and probably the next two or three after that as well. I’ve never really been impressed with the overall tone of McPherson guitars. Not to say that they aren’t nice instruments, just different strokes for different folks.
P.s. Get the bevel if you go with a Batson, it’s so comfortable. You’ll thank me later.Chad (Catfish) McMillian
(Nashville Songwriter, Session Harmonica and Guitar player)

“Surprising!  This (studio recording) is the True test.  It sounds Great!  …and I love the feel of it.”
Michael Spriggs
(Nashville session guitar player & former lead guitar player for Eddie Rabbit with credentials too numerous to mention.)

“When I hit the first strum on the new Batson guitar, I knew it was a new favorite.  I love tradition, but I love when tradition takes on a new face and Batson expands in a wonderful way on the legendary acoustic guitar.”
Ed Cash
(Producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Notably recognized for his work with such artists as Amy Grant, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dolly Parton and Bethany Dillon)

“In a sea of acoustic guitar builders, and having played hundreds of acoustic guitars, I think these guys are really on to something different. The Batson Guitars I tried have a very well balanced sound, you can hear every note clearly and for a fingerstyle player that’s important. BUT, you can also rock on them with a flat pick.  I own one.  Need I say more? They make great guitars both in sound and quality.”
Tim Thompson
(2008 Festival International Fingerstyle Guitar Contest Champion,
Nashville Session Player and Sound engineer – Owner of a Batson Guitar)

“I would recommend this to any player for any project.”
Tim Cutright
(Nashville Sound Engineer and guitarist)
– See more at: http://batsonguitars.com/index.php/reviews/industry-professionals/#sthash.1nfRzQRa.dpuf

It’s always a pleasure playing guitars at Guitar Gallery in Nashville, TN

One thing I’ve always loved doing is going to music shops and seeing what they have. Guitar Gallery is one that has always stuck out to me, because it is right down my alley. Guitargal, Ms Robin W., has a nice collection of fine handmade guitars that she sells, consigns, and promotes.

Head over to her site and check out some of her beautiful inventory. Guitargal uses youtube and  photo slide shows with sound recordings to market the guitars she sells. I am fortunate to get to be one of the featured players on many of her youtube videos along side of Melissa Dupuy and Margaret Becker



Here’s a previous blog post I made if you’re interested in reading it.


I just love going to the Guitar Gallery and hearing the differences in these fine guitars. They’re inspirational to me!

Here are some of the latest videos that have been put up that my improvised guitar playing was featured.



CAAS 2012 Chet Atkins Appreciation Society

tommy emmanuel martin taylor john knowles
Click for the best sounding thumbpick you’ll ever own! 

It’s that time of year again and so many people come to CAAS. (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society)

This, I believe, is my tenth year in a row that I’ve come to the event and I’ve been very fortunate to play the event for the last three years. CAAS was a great event for me and my dad to get together and hang. He passed in 2010 and going gives me a good memory of him and the legacy that he left me on the guitar.

My career owes a lot to CAAS. On my first year I met some English people, that became friends immediately. This eventually led me to a trip in 2008 to London and I got to perform for a finger style guitar club in Chesham.

In 2006 I produced my first cd and promoted it at CAAS, along with my arrangement of Sometimes in Life, which was featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Now known as Fingerstyle 360.

On my first year I got to meet Mr. Tommy Emmanuel and jam with him for a good 30 minutes on the early morning. He gave me the name guitarlancer, which a lot of you know me by because of my email and website www.guitarlancer.com.

CAAS brings people from all over the world! I’ve met so many finger style guitar players that it may drive someone crazy. I’m sure it has driven some wives quite crazy!

Here’s a list of people I’ve jammed for and met and became aquiantences with.

Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, Pat Kirtley, John StandaferNishi Nishiyama Takayuki, Bob Evans, Thom Bresh, Not to mention Keith Fletcher my English buddy, Ben Hall, Mark Pritcher is the president, Tony McManus (Love that guy!) Martin Taylor, Bob Saxton, Michael O’Dorn, John Goldie, Pete Huttlinger, Muriel Anderson, Edgar Cruz, Tim Thompson, Bill Piburn, Fred Kelly Picks, Adam Rafferty, Bobby Gibson, Nokie Edwards, Joe Robinson, Fred Gretcsh III, and many more as you can imagine.

If I’ve left you out and you’re reading this, let me know I’ll give you some props too:)!

I’ve become quite the finger style guitarist as a result of being a member of CAAS and taking in all that I could!

There is also guitar builders there that display there instruments. People such as Kirk Sand guitars, Gretsch, Maton, Travis, Stonebridge, Morris, Beard Guitars, Benedetto Guitars

It’s a great event and one to return to.

Check it out at www.misterguitar.com

Feel free to comment and ask questions..

Here’s some videos of me performing at CAAS 2012

“The Violet Song”


Don’t Worry Be Happy


California Girls


Here’s a picture of me and long time friends Tommy Emmanuel and Kevin Hayes.

I brought Kevin because he’s a huge Tommy fan! He really Enjoyed the concert!

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo were outstandingly hilarious entertainers! And phenomenal guitar playing!

Tommy has been a big influence on my ongoing guitar career. I compose many of my own original compositions and Tommy and many other people from Chet Convention have inspired them.

Tommy Emmanuel guitar lessons

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolos are here and they are some of the fastest acoustic Django riff playing guitarist I’ve ever heard. So clean and effortless!

They were very entertaining! Click the picture for there youtube channel and watch some of there performances!

Excellent guitarist fastes in the world

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Here is a panoramic shot by Chuck Thompson, who is one of my guitar students!

Here is a link to his site where there are other panoramic shots. You should definitely check it out