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 Standafer, Nishi 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!
It’s a great event and one to return to.
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Here’s some videos of me performing at CAAS 2012
“The Violet Song”
Don’t Worry Be Happy
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!
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.
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!
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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