Studio stories: The Missing Guitar

January 23, 2018

I’d just finished a recording session and the producer says “while you’re here can you do a quick guitar track on this song for me?” We listen to the song and decide that a Fender […]

Studio stories: The Singer

January 6, 2018

When you’re booked for a studio session often you don’t meet the featured artist until you arrive at the session. In this case the sessions were over a few days. The first few days were […]

Studio stories: The Overdub

December 29, 2017

Back in the 1990s when I was doing quite a few recording sessions as a guitar player some interesting situations and requests would arise. One day I received a call from a producer who wanted […]

About the Makua Beach video

May 21, 2017

The Makua Beach video was shot on location at Makua Beach (hence the song title) in Hawaii by master underwater videographer Ray Hollowell in 2011. We wanted to capture the feel of Hawaii in both […]

New Video: End of Summer from Going to Kaleponi

January 7, 2017

This is a drive down West Coast Hwy, Perth, Western Australia. Starting just north of Hillarys Boat Harbour and heading south, ending with sunset at Cottesloe Beach. Growing up in Perth, especially in the 80s […]

Mentals in New Zealand

September 21, 2016

Last weekend I travelled with Mental As Anything to New Zealand’s south island to play a gig at the Snapafest Festival. This was in Nelson, which is known for its fishing industry. At Wellington airport […]

China, Part 3 – the gig

March 13, 2016

Read: Part 1 & Part 2 After an afternoon sound check to acclimatize ourselves with the hire gear we would be using that night, it’s back to our hotel room for a little rest before dinner. We […]

China, Part 2 – the guitar

March 12, 2016

Read: Part 1 & Part 3 When I found out that a gig in Beijing, China was in the works I thought, how can I play this gig without taking any music gear at all. No guitar, pedals, […]

China, part 1

March 11, 2016

Four plane flights, one gig. I travelled to Beijing, China with Mental As Anything to play a charity gig. The gig was at The Sofitel, as was our accommodation. It took me a minute to get […]

The Original Fender Stratocaster

February 12, 2016

I’m of the opinion that the design of the Fender Stratocaster guitar was 100% correct from the very first released production models in mid 1954. I have an original ’54 (May) Strat and it sounds […]

Lazybones Lounge

September 28, 2015

This weekend the Mentals had a break, so I had a gig with my band at Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville. We were supported by the Mighty Surftones. They have a residency at Lazybones on the […]

Charters Towers and Noosa

September 7, 2015

This weekend I had a couple of gigs with the Mentals in Queensland at Charters Towers, outside Townsville, and Noosa at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club. The Charters Towers gig was a festival called Towers Rocks. […]

The Gympie Music Muster

August 31, 2015

Had a great weekend at the Gympie Music Muster. Gympie is located approx. 160 kms north of Brisbane in Queensland. I played 2 gigs with Mental As Anything and also played a few ‘surf’ tunes […]

This year so far

May 30, 2014

I’ve been enjoying traveling around Australia playing guitar with legendary Australian band Mental As Anything. The last few weeks we’ve been in Queensland and Southern NSW. In June we have gigs around New South Wales […]

Mrs Moto video featuring Paul Johnson

January 26, 2014

When I brought my band to California from Australia last year I had plans to record a film clip of Mrs Moto, from my 2013 album “Going to Kaleponi”, hopefully with Paul Johnson. I ran […]

Manly Market Place

November 18, 2013

We recently played at the Manly Market Place in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. The theme for the night was “retro surf”. There was a surf movie screened before our set. It was a […]

The Bridge Hotel, Sydney

November 17, 2013

Back in Sydney on a great spring evening for our gig at the Bridge Hotel, Rozelle,Sydney. It may appear to be a peaceful evening although the police were right outside with their RBT.     […]

The Evelyn, Fitzroy

September 8, 2013

Sunday we played an afternoon gig at the Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy. The day started off with the fabulous Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum.     Next the Black Molls (Fred Negro and Dave Moll) took the stage […]

The Caravan Club, Melbourne

September 7, 2013

The day after Basement Discs we played at the Caravan Club in Oakleigh.     This is a fabulous old RSL club in the heart of Oakleigh that hosts some of the world’s best musicians. […]

Basement Discs

September 6, 2013

On Friday we played an instore lunchtime gig at legendary Melbourne record shop Basement Discs.     They have live music every Friday lunchtime.     They’re a great supporter of live music in Melbourne. […]

Charles Hotel, Perth

September 5, 2013

After I got back from the US I flew to Perth, for a gig with Dave Warner at the Charles Hotel. We played here last year to a packed crowd and were looking forward to […]

Flying home

September 4, 2013

On Saturday the 17th we dropped off the tour van at the airport. We’re going to miss our loyal companion.     I’d like to thank so many people that made this tour such a […]

Napa Valley

August 25, 2013

On Friday, our second last day in the country, we met with our good friend Ann. She drove us to some of her favourite wineries in Napa Valley.     We finished off the day […]

Driving to San Francisco

August 24, 2013

The next day we packed up and left for our drive back to San Francisco. We decided to take the longer scenic way, through Malibu and along the coast. Some amazing houses there.     […]

Surf Dog Sport’s Grill

August 23, 2013

On Tuesday we visited the Queen Mary and had lunch in Long Beach.     Beautiful detail inside the ship. We  did an impromptu photoshoot in a few locations on the ship.     Then […]

Spikes Bar

August 22, 2013

On Monday night we played the Annual Summer Tiki Party at Spikes, a Rockabilly venue east of downtown LA.     It was an interesting place. You access it through the back door. From the […]

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