One thing’s for sure, there are so many more guitar players with a 20+ years+ worth of playing experience than there are guitarists of 30 years of age on the market to compete with. For every 30-year old guitar player that comes on the scene now, there are 20+ more that have been playing guitar for a while.
I’ve always been a big believer in learning guitar at a young age, but not at 30 just yet. There’s a great deal to learn in your 20’s and 30’s. Just like I didn’t learn blues at 30, we definitely don’t want to “make it at 30”.
I feel that I can still help build the scene in the US and globally, but it will require a significant commitment from everyone in my group of guitar players (and all of you out there who would like to continue the scene in your own unique way). That’s where I’m going to be.
As a leader, you can be seen as the driving force behind the movement to get more people into playing guitar for fun. That isn’t going to just happen in the music industry, but it’s something that can happen in any other endeavor or movement. Your voice and involvement in our community has made all the difference: If you aren’t working, it doesn’t mean you aren’t playing or playing well!
Do I have anything to do with the tour?
It has to do with the tour, and more specifically, with the tour’s schedule. As of now, we still are committed to playing as full and as diverse a line-up of acts as possible. However, there are a few factors that must be considered.
The first reason is that a full tour can be difficult to do. In order to give us a shot at booking all the bands and the bands we wanted on the tour would take away from touring a few months in the fall. Also, as we grow so does the demand to play more shows so it’s more difficult to fit in a full tour every month. We can’t do it all and do it well.
The second reason is the demand. Our tour dates are booked and there is a great deal the band has to work with because they have played a full series of gigs in such a short period of time over the last few years. The demand to play bigger venues increases the volume significantly over the course of a single season, especially after our first album was released and the initial buzz about us in