Ring of Fire
Ring Of Fire is a CD of dobro, slide guitar and acoustic guitar instrumentals. Song composition is the first concern. I wrote all the songs, except Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire and Bill Monroe's song, Gold Rush. The styles vary from bluegrass to rock. Musicians who helped me on this record include drummers Pasi Leppikangas (John Cowan & Michelle Wright), Brian Barnett (Don Williams), Bob Warren (The Lynns) and Pat McInerny (Nanci Griffith). Upright bass was played by David Spicher (Jerry Douglas Band & Pam Tillis). Electric bass: Ron DeLa Vega (Nanci Griffith), Dow Tomlin (Jessica Andrews Band) and Dave Francis (Pam Tillis & Maura O'Connell). Reese Wynans played B3 organ (Stevie Ray Vaughn) and Jon Glazer played keyboards (Wynonna Judd).Fiddle and mandolin were by Jason Roller (Joe Diffie & John Berry band). I played all acoustic and electric guitars, dobro and slide guitars. For anyone interested in some of the sounds on this record, here is a list of the equipment used: Dobro: ' 81 ShoBro. Electric guitars: James Tyler strat, '64 Fender Stratocaster and Jerry Jones baritone guitar. Slide guitars: Custom made Tele Slide Guitars by Lynn Ellsworth. One of these guitars has a Fishman Power Bridge and the other has a 2-Tek bridge. Acoustics: '90 Martin HD-28, '43 Martin ooo-18. Amps: Speedster Deluxe loaded with a THD Hot Plate, through a Boogie 20/20 power amp then into a Pacific 1x12' cabinet.; Thd Univalve into THD 2x12' cabinet; '60 Fender Concert. Stomp boxes: including a Hot Cake, Robert Keely TS-9 w/808 mod, Marshall Bluesbreaker, Boss Auto Wah, Hughes and Kettner Rotosphere, Boss Reverb/Delay pedal, Danelectro Cool Cat chorus, Visual Volume volume pedal and Boss CS-3 compressor. Recording: Fostex VF-16 and Pro Tools Digi 001. Microphones: Rode NTK tube mike, AT 4033 or a Neuman KM-84. Electric guitars were all recorded loudly into an SM57, sometimes with the 4033 condenser about 4 feet away to add some room and depth. I have toured as dobroist and guitarist with Maura O'Connell for 1 1/2 years. I then worked as guitarist on the road with Wynonna Judd for the first 3 years of her solo career. I co-produced and played on a CD by Sisters Wade, who were then signed by Charlie Daniels' company, Blue Hat Records. I've also toured the U.S., Australia and New Zealand as guitarist with David Gates (of Bread). As well, for 3 1/2 years, I have been a member of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra. I played on Nanci's 2001 record, 'Clock Without Hands' and 2002 live CD and DVD, Winter Marquee.