Less Road Traveling Ahead!

Widespread Friends! It’s a good week to be alive and making music. I’m just back from a little spin up to Santa Barbara with Leonard and we had an inspired concert at the SB City College. What a neat town and it’s a whole lot like here. Maybe that’s why I felt right at home. Can’t wait to go back!

Looking south with endless blue and pristine sand. Santa Barbara magic!

Looking south with endless blue and pristine sand. Santa Barbara magic!

The news for this week is that we’re doing two concerts with our group Road Work Ahead. A semi sad slant on things is that this may be our last little bebop romp with the boys. It turns out that Bob’s been having pain in his hands and wants to slow down his playing activities and he’s the sole reason that this group exists in the first place. So without him, we wouldn’t really be Cal Trans’ favorite sons. The music writer for the San Diego Union Tribune George Varga aptly called it “The Road Less Traveled” in his article in this week’s art section. Click here to read it for yourself.

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And if you want a little back story on RWA, here are the roots and here’s the low down on our most recent recording.

We’re playing two concerts this week with the first one taking place on Thursday night at The Merc in Temecula. It’s a first rate listening venue and has all of the right elements to help the music lift off.

Halloween is a night off and then on Saturday evening we’ll be at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach. Here again, it’s a great sounding room and it’s all about the music. Plenty of free parking is available and it’s a great vibe.

Please come on down and we’ll celebrate some of the best things in life, friendship and music!

Road Work Ahead with Jim Plank on the drums, Bob Magnusson on the bass, Bill Mays on piano, and Peter Sprague on guitar. photo by Dwight Harrington

Road Work Ahead with Jim Plank on the drums, Bob Magnusson on the bass, Bill Mays on piano, and Peter Sprague on guitar.
photo by Dwight Harrington

Peeking around the bend, looking to next week on November 5th I’m joining up with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Gillian Margot for a night of music at Dizzy’s. Big fun and I’ll be back with you at the top of the week with more info about this concert.

There it is folks and thanks for following along and being part of our quiet revolution. Life is precious, life is sweet!

all best, Peter

The Confession

Hola Fine Folks, this Nyro phrase from The Confession is still holding my attention, “love is surely gospel” and emanating from the pristine voice of Becca Stevens it transforms into pure sonic magic. We had a great gig last week with Billy Childs and his group and the additional good news is that it might happen again in February. I’ll keep you in the loop and until then, maybe give the CD a spin to experience where my enthusiasm is sourcing from. It’s beautiful music!

Sound checking with Billy Childs and the Lyris String Quartet.

Sound checking with Billy Childs and the Lyris String Quartet.

Ironing out the details on "Into the Light" with Billy Childs.

Ironing out the details on “Into the Light” with Billy Childs.

I’m jumping back into the studio to kickstart the projects that are in the works here at SpragueLand. Mix that in with some live concerts, surfing and cruising the main street in downtown Encinitas with Stef and Rocky boy, the wonder dog, and there you have the fixings for a happy life.

King Rocky high on his ruby red throne. Life is good for that little guy! photo by Stef Sprague

King Rocky high on his ruby red throne. Life is good for that little guy!
photo by Stef Sprague

I’m playing solo guitar at the Lemon Grove library on Tuesday night. It’s a free concert and it’s always a good time for music when you’re in quiet places. Look below for the details…

Roxy night is this Thursday and I’ll be there with my nylon guitar and magic effects boxes. Big fun in bohemia!

This is how it looks at the Roxy if you're taking it in at the booth next to the fish tank. It's me and the fish jamming in north county.  photo by Dwight Harrington

This is how it looks at the Roxy if you’re absorbing the music at the booth next to the fish tank. It’s me and the fish jamming in north county.
photo by Dwight Harrington

Leonard and I dart off Friday morning for a concert in Santa Barbara and if you know any folks up there that might have an interest, please pass along the details below. Can’t wait!

There it is friends and thanks for the read and good vibes. all best, Peter

She’s High as a Kite Under the Influence of the Overtone Scale!

Good People, I’m listening to Bach now and it’s working as an attempt to equalize the mile grinding effect of the SD to LA continual commute that turns out to be my life for this week. I’m back and forth many times prepping for the upcoming Friday Billy Childs/Laura Nyro hit. Yesterday was a flawless excursion until I hit our beloved Norwalk in which a four car pileup surfaced and brought us all to a complete 30 minute halt. Wasn’t it Randy Newman that sang, “I Love LA”?

The rehearsal was inspired and the music is gorgeous. Here’s Carlitos del Puerto laying down the low end.

Carlitos del Puerto on the bass.

Carlitos del Puerto on the bass. Check out Billy’s 3 Grammy’s on the bookshelf.

Here’s a cool 6 minute vid of how the project came to be with some background on Billy’s connection with Nyro:

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A really nice added effect of this gig is that a new music hero of mine is on the record and is also singing with us on this concert. Have you ever heard of Becca Stevens? Brother Keezer told me about her last year and upon listening to her recording Weightlessness I’m a new devoted fan. She’s got this acoustic Americana meets jazz vibe and it’s fresh and sophisticated. For the Nyro gig she’s singing “And When I Die” and “The Confession”. Beautiful!

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens

There are still tickets left and look below for the details if you can make it.

Here’s something that recently came my way via Dianne Reeves. Check out this gal singing two notes at once and having amazing control over it:

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She’s possessed and explains the details of how it’s done. I’m not sure of the real world application of incorporating this into music but wow, it’s an intriguing angle. And I love her passion for it! It’s like she’s high as a kite under the influence of the overtone scale. Sing on sistah!

There it is folks and thanks for tuning in.

all best, Peter

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