Al Plays Guitar
D12-20 12-string with Fender-Lace Bronze sensor.
(Borrowed for use in concerts by Doc Watson,
Peter Yarrow, and Leon Redbone, among others.)
Stratocaster Ultra 12-string with Fender-Lace Red/Gold/Blue sensors and TBX
American Deluxe Precision Bass®
with dual pickups and active 3-band EQ
Oscar Schmidt Autoharp OS45CE
Classic Series '50s Stratocaster 6-String
(won from Disc Makers
Höfner 5000/1 Deluxe Electric Bass
Epiphone DR-212 12-string
Gibson 50th Anniversary SG
12-string Electric Guitar
Full set of
Hohner Blues Harps.
RP-10 Guitar Signal Processor / Foot Controller and Preamp
GNX4™ GeNetX™ Guitar Workstation™
Aphex 1402 Bass Exciter Pedal
PlusEBow hand-held electronic bow for guitar
Heathkit TA-16 Combo Guitar
Princeton Chorus Guitar Amplifier
Crate BT100 Bass Amplifier
B-DEC 30 Bass Amplifier w/ ULT-4 Footswitch
Samson Stage II wireless
Line 6 Relay G50 Digital Wireless
(All of this is also part of the modest
home studio that I've been setting up.)
The 12-string guitars can be distinctive assets to
almost any musical project. I don't flat-pick much, so I've spent a lot of years exploring
various kinds of clean finger-picking styles as well as slide work in both standard and
open tunings. I've never aspired to be a "lead" player —
I prefer to make the
rhythms and chords more interesting.
My personal favorite musical areas are folk,
folk-rock, hard rock, and some R&B/funk. I've played regularly with three Northfield
area bands — The Goodes, Acoustic Mischief, and the Boomerangs.
Recording background: The Martin can be
heard on both
HEVY GUNZ — "Dope On Dope And Dope Doops"
— Stax/Enterprise ENS-1022.
— Mill City MCR-7501
(which I also produced, in QS Quad).
Other musical activities:
Voting Member, National Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences (NARAS), 1974-.
Minnesota Music Academy, 1986-94.
I'm always interested in session work
in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, including
commercials and soundtracks. For creative music projects where I'm sitting in with a band, in
general, I don't believe I should be paid big bucks unless I can actually make an
acceptable musical contribution to a project. (I do like to have the cost of fresh strings
|Martha comes by
her potential musical talents from more than her father. Martha's great-uncle - on
her mother's side - is
who wrote and recorded "The Ballad of Paladin" for the "Have Gun, Will
Travel" TV show, and recorded several albums for Columbia.
Martha's maternal grandmother (Johnny's sister) is BrendaLyn West, who
wrote the song "Amanda's Secret" which was recorded in 1991 by
Darnell for Lost Gold Records. BrendaLyn won three awards from the Alabama Country
Music Association for that song: "Best Song 1991", "Outstanding
Songwriter 1991", and the "Hall of Fame Humanitarian Award". On
January 25, 1992, she was inducted into the Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame due to the
human-interest theme of "Amanda's Secret" dealing with the feelings produced
from father-daughter incest.
Martha's Instruments (so far):
Epiphone C-5 3/4 Classical
Daisy Rock Butterfly Short
Scale Electric Guitar.