Wow! What a great experience being at NAMM last week! I was able to see some old friends: PRS, Xotic, Dunlop, Wampler, and McPherson - and I was lucky to make some new friends: D'Addario, Eminence, Analysis Plus, Steve Clayton, T-Rex, A Little Thunder, IMS Technologies, and James Trussart, to name a few.
A big thank you to Bev Fowler at PRS and Andy Alt at A Little Thunder. And, as always, it was a pleasure to play and hang at the McPherson Guitars booth with the one and only Larry Klenc and his beautiful wife, Lori.
Thank you to Seymour W. Duncan and Craig Costigan of Seymour Duncan, and Sage Benando of Benando Effects for their wonderful hospitality both at the booth and at the Seymour Duncan Party on Saturday night.
Another "big thanks" to Evan Skopp and Doreen Daley Skopp of Inside Track for the Marriott lobby "cocktail hang" and their many helpful introductions.
It was also great to meet and hang with Ryan Romenesco of Jensen Communications, as well as schmoozing with Toto's David Paich.
Betsy A, you are the best manager a person could only hope for. Thank you for your invaluable guidance and for helping me avoid "NAMM cooties."
Gearing up for NAMM 2015! I’m looking forward to seeing all my peeps and making new friends this week in Anaheim! Before I leave I’m finishing up another amp demo video - of the Z28 - for my friend and fellow Clevelander, Dr. Z!
Here’s a sneak peek of Dr. Z's latest ad scheduled to run in the March issue of Guitar Player magazine featuring yours truly! #drzamps #guitarplayerlive #NAMM
Happy New Year to all!
As I close the books on 2014 I can't help but be so very grateful for another fantastic year. This last year has enhanced my passport with more stamps from various Kellie Pickler tours which included Switzerland and Australia.
2014 also marked the release of my debut album, 71 South. This labor of love has brought me to a definitive place in my musical journey and has given me a new identity as a guitar player.
Looking forward to the new year, I hope to step into the clinician seat as a teacher while working closely with some of the guitar, amp, pedal, and string companies that have supported my efforts throughout my career.
I also plan on playing more dates in 2015 to support my music as well as producing/playing on various projects here in Nashville. My new year will also include more product video demos for some of my favorite guitar/amp companies. And for those of you who are looking for a musical "fix" on a weeknight, please check out the Dave Baker Band every Monday night 6:00 - 10:00 PM at Whiskey Bent on lower Broadway, Nashville TN.
Thank you all who have been so supportive and who continue to give me the strength to carry out my artistic endeavors. Please stay connected with me and stay tuned for upcoming events!
Acclaimed Nashville based producer, singer/songwriter, studio guitarist & member of Kellie Pickler's band.