The Albino Guitar Slinger’s Got the Blues!

Good Folks, I just got back from a chilly walk. The winter button is ON now, that’s for sure. Talking to a dude that has a cool old house where they didn’t deem it necessary to include insulation. “It’s California fool, land of the sun.”

Pretty much right but meet me here at 6am these last few mornings.

I’m not complaining…

But Johnny Winter is. Full blast blues “woke up this morning, my baby done me wrong” angle with killer guitar solos. The albino guitar slinger’s got the blues!

I’m loving it!

I grew up with it!

Haven’t listened to him for absolute ever and while on my walk today I started thinking about his growly vocals and his distortion drenched guitar tone. I searched him out and it’s a nice moment to be in his sonic presence to help set up the mood to be talking to you all.

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It’s a YouTube universe and I’ve just pushed a zillion frames of video up the pipe to YouTube central. They’ve got it ready for you if you’re into it. Here are some highlights:

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This vid is from a studio session I did with vocalist Emily Elbert. She was cruising through town and we decided to get together and record our sassy arrangement of The Beatles “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window.” Emily is one of my favorite vocalists and check out her cool angle on this tune.

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A couple of weeks back we made the walls at Dizzy’s vibrate a little as we turned up the amps and jazzified some classic rock tunes. It was one of the special nights of music, the band was throwing down, and we caught the whole thing on video. I’ve uploaded 7 tunes from that show.

Last summer up in Idyllwild the August heat was seriously slowing down the metabolism of all human beings. All except the string players in the PS String Consort and it was they that set out to SHRED! I’ve uploaded 4 tunes from that concert and these are ones that are new to the group including a wicked bebop spin on the “Take the A Train” influenced “Etude Z.”

Last summer up in Idyllwild the August heat was seriously slowing down the metabolism of all human beings. All except the string players in the PS String Consort and it was they that set out to SHRED! I’ve uploaded 4 tunes from that concert and these are ones that are new to the group including a wicked bebop spin on the “Take the A Train” influenced “Etude Z.”

And lastly on the YouTube front, it’s a nice day when someone else on the other side of the world decides to play your song in concert. Check out these fine musos playing our (Kevyn Lettau and me) samba tune “Cantar” at a recent show. Sounding good!

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Web work continues on to bring about my online guitar instructional videos into the real world. Check out this little promo vid:

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And now for the live music this week! Tomorrow night I’ll be joining my niece Kate Sprague, Tripp Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, and Bob Magnusson for a hit at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Here’s a note from Kate about the gig:

Hi everyone, Kate Sprague here. Gilbert Castellanos has invited me to return to sing in his “Young Lion” series that features young musicians. I am so excited to be a part of this great event! My dad Tripp Sprague will be joining me, and so will my uncle Peter Sprague. Bob Magnusson is on bass and Gilbert will also play a few tunes. We have learned some new songs and cannot wait to play them for you. Panama 66’s open patio has a great atmosphere and is next to the sculpture garden in Balboa Park. They have good food and drinks — and no cover charge. Please come and support us!
-Kate Sprague

It’ll be fun and hope to see you there.

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And rounding out the week, Friday will be a special night at the Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas with a reunion of our early jazz group Dance of the Universe. We’ve been at it since the ’70’s, circling in and flowing out. For this week we’re coming together and it’s Kevyn Lettau singing, John Leftwich playing the bass, brother Tripp on the sax and flute, and me on the guitar. We’re taking over our favorite Roxy Restaurant and it’ll be a special night of samba, bebop, ballads, seeing old friends, nibbling on killer food, and magic ice cream at the very end. Can’t wait!

Promo photo shot in our Via Grimaldi hippy house back in the late '70's. Upper left, Tripp and Peter, lower left, John Leftwich and Kevyn Lettau.

Promo photo shot in our Via Grimaldi hippie house back in the late ’70’s. Upper left, Tripp and Peter, lower left, John Leftwich and Kevyn Lettau.

There it is folks. Johnny’s still slipping and sliddin’ on the guitar and we’re trailing off with the “Leland Mississippi Blues.” It’s just perfect…

adios, Peter

Good Problem to Have!

Friends, saltwater hair, never dry. The surf has been up! Used up arms from paddling, eyes a little dry from the sun. Fake guitar fingernails somewhat tattered from extended H20 immersion.

These are all good problems to have.

It’s a true joy to mix in the ocean with a life of music.

PS on a speed right.

PS on a speed right.

Killer quartet gig at the Merc last week! We gotta get this band in the calendar mix more often.

Jazz at the Merc with Peter, Duncan, Gunnar and Tripp. photo by Steve Grant

Jazz at the Merc with Peter, Duncan, Gunnar and Tripp.
photo by Steve Grant

Some kind words flowed our way after the Dizzy’s Rock Jazz Explorations gig a bit back. John Lawrence is an old pal that used to run the San Diego Jazz Society. Apparently he took in the gig and felt inspired to write about it in the SD Free Press. He gets into some neat angles on this. Check it out…

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Coming up for this week, big fun ahead at Thursday’s solo guitar Roxy Restaurant night. I’ve been gone and I’m stoked to return. Look below for the details. See you there I hope!

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Happiness is playing solo guitar!

And rounding out the week we’re playing jazzified Christmas music on Sunday night at Spaghettini’s in Seal Beach. The band is led by Scott Wilkie and we’re playing the music from his recent release called Joy. The first show is sold out but there are still tickets available for the 2nd show…

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That’s it good people and I hope to see you soon, best, Peter

Playing Trumpet Versus Blowing Against the Side of a Skyscraper!

It’s all going Freddie Hubbard funk jazz trumpet over here this afternoon. Remember the album Red Clay? Oh my, super cool tunes and a stellar band with Herbie, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, and Lenny White. Right now it’s setting up the sonic environment as I figure out which words to use to fill you in on the current events here at SpragueLand. After an early morning surf and a guitar practice session it’s time to call upon those grade school skills and get the grammar flowing. Onwards!

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We had a great Dizzy’s gig a week or so back! It was a fantastic turnout and the band really brought it home. We ended up recording and video taping it and I’ll put a few vids up on YouTube for next week. I’ll let you know…

Rocking at Dizzy's with Duncan, Tripp, Rebecca, and Peter. Danny, Justin, and Leonard are on the other side of the stage. Sorry about the cropping.

Rocking at Dizzy’s with Duncan, Tripp, Rebecca, and Peter. Danny, Justin, and Leonard are on the other side of the stage. Sorry about the cropping.

Lining up for this week, first we’ll be at The Merc in Temecula tomorrow night for an evening of quartet jazz. It’ll be Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums, and me on guitar. We’ve got some great tunes picked out and if you haven’t been to the Merc yet, it’s a superb place for good listening and good sight lines. Hope to see you there!

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Quartet music with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

On Saturday night I’m meeting up with vocalist Allison Adams Tucker and bassist Mack Leighton for a gig at the Westgate Hotel downtown. Allison has an amazing voice and leans into Brazilian music and jazz. Mack’s a wizard on the bass! The room for music at the Westgate is small and perfect for taking it all in. Maybe you can join us there…

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There it is friends. Freddie’s still firing away at the high notes and right now he’s jammin’ on the Intrepid Fox. Good listening!

adios, Peter