The Exorcist Plays an Altered Dominant Chord!

Abundant Friends! It’s a pristine morning with a crisp offshore breeze, the music fills the air and it’s a good time to be alive. I’ve got a full studio day ahead but the night is free and we’ll hunt down dinner with friends and comb over the week’s details and then set the vision for what’s ahead.

Last week we had a wonderful final Road Work Ahead chapter, first at the Merc in Temecula with a sold out house and then a standing room only hit at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach. Both shows had the band leaning into the music full on and then picking up the mic to tell the rest of the story. Bob Magnusson is retiring from music situations that strain his arthritic wrists and unfortunately our band fits that description. We don’t play all up tempos nor is every tune tricky and complicated but enough are to make it a stressful ride for him. We sure had a great run of 30 plus years of music and friendship and I’ll really miss it. I know I’ll still see Bob out in the water, surfing is infinite!

Looking down on RWA at Dizzy's! photo by Michael Oletta

Looking down on RWA at Dizzy’s!
photo by Michael Oletta

Bill Mays on piano. photo by Michael Oletta

Bill Mays on piano.
photo by Michael Oletta

Bob Magnusson on bass. photo by Michael Oletta

Bob Magnusson on bass.
photo by Michael Oletta

Jim Plank on drums.  photo by Michael Oletta

Jim Plank on drums.
photo by Michael Oletta

Me on the guitar in black and white. photo by Michael Oletta

Me on the guitar in black and white.
photo by Michael Oletta

Painted skull faces took over Old Town over the weekend as I played two nights at the Dia de los Muertos festival. It was great to see all of the painted faces and kids dominating the streets. I think my music, just as it is, is scary enough without me altering my approach or dressing up in costume. You know how it is, play a 13b9 chord for a young rocker’s ear and it’s akin to that scene where the girl’s head spins out of control in The Exorcist. Jazz music is mad!

You ever been to the Mission Trails Park in San Diego? What a beautiful setting and yesterday afternoon I got to play a solo concert in the theater at the visitors center. It’s a great setup with an enthusiastic audience and supreme acoustics. And best of all, SILENCE was our friend and companion. Heavens that was fun!

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Gearing up for this week, I’ve got a show on Wednesday night at Dizzy’s with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Toronto based vocalist Gillian Margot. Out of the gate, the instrumentation is unique and this alone ought to lead us into new sonic vistas. Keezer is an avatar of music and getting to be in his loop alone is worth the price of admission. Add in the beautiful vocals of Gillian and the night is illuminating as we speak. We’re meeting up tomorrow at SpragueLand to chart the course and we hope you can join us at Dizzy’s for some magic. Look below for the deets…

Gillian Margot

Gillian Margot

Last up for this week is a Sprague Family Roxy hit on Friday night. Young Kate Sprague (Tripp’s daughter) has some new tunes and Tripp and I’ll will tag along for the adventure. Should be great!

There it is friends and keep the sky in your head!

adios, Peter

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