It's been a while since my last post, but what a couple of months it's been! Where do I start?
On July 19th I played to the largest crowd of my career so far at Olympic Park with Robbie Boyd (an estimated 30,000 people, so I'm told!). It was also unbearably hot for my pasty white British self, and I managed to not only get rather impressively sunburnt, but also to burn my arm trying to play my resonator, due to how much the sun had cooked the metal cone on it. But I didn't care at the time, because I was too busy being a rockstar. (ha...) We stuck around for the whole day and enjoyed watching the likes of The Feeling and McFly from sidestage.
We also played to this lovely lot in the Big Top at Beautiful Days festival in Devon. However, it wasn't much of a Beautiful Day. It rained all bloody morning. And afternoon. The tent couldn't cope. We were forced to give up on the idea of camping, and head home with a car boot full of muddy gear and soggy tents. The car smelt fantastic in the morning, as I'm sure you can imagine. There isn't a magic tree air freshener in the world that could have prevented the 'au de wet festival' that I was greeted with when opening the car door the next day. However, despite the fact that I seemed to have moaned about the weather for a paragraph or so now, it was a great gig, and we loved being there.
My favourite part of the above photo is the delightful chap in the blue Nike top, right at the front in the centre. For someone posing with his hands in the air at a festival, he looks spectacularly pissed off. Someone should employ him to make demands on their behalf. He just looks like such a merciless badass.
I've also been in and out of The Church studio, Crouch Hill with Robbie and the rest of the band recording his new single 'Under My Skin'. It's been great fun to track (because it's a very guitar heavy tune :P), and I'm looking forward to hearing the final mixes soon! The bulk of the tracking was done with my 1963 Jazzmaster, with some support from the Telecaster, Stratocaster and a gorgeous 80s solidbody Gibson ES-335 belonging to the studio. Amp wise, I was lucky enough to plug into a Divided by 13 FTR 37. If you're a guitarist and you havn't experienced the sonic joys of one of these yet, I urge you to go out and find one. Your ears will thank you. For photos from these sessions, have a squint at my Instagram page: http://instagram.com/russelsmusician
(and follow me at @russelsmusician !)
In the world of Peter Conway, we were recently invited onto BBC Radio Cambridge by Sue Marchant to play a live acoustic session featuring 3 songs from Peter's new album 'Stay'.
You can listen to 'Found My Faith In You' and watch the performance of 'It Ain't Over (Not For Me)' via the YouTube videos below - don't forget to subscribe to Peter's channel and check out the album sampler if you like what you hear!
Check out Peter Conway's site at www.peterconway.net for info on how to grab a copy of his latest album 'Stay', currently only available in limited edition, hand numbered CDs.
And now for the news that I'm really excited about...
Now that all the official paperwork is taken care of and the dotted line has been signed, I am extremely pleased to announce that I am now an endorsee of Elixir Strings. It's a great honour to receive support from what I believe to be the best strings on the market (not to mention the only strings that seem to be able to survive more than two nights worth of my sweaty gig-hands!).
I think that's about it for now...