|The author playing a Falbo Custom 6-12|
I met Frank while doing a podcast with Dan Boul, a guy who is designing guitar amps (and maybe soon some other exciting musical apparatuses) that bring the sound of vintage classics to a listenable volume, while also creating products which will allow the end user to greatly reduce maintenance costs through tube replacement. Falbo and Boul are two examples of manufacturers who aren't cloning the past, nor are they depending on people not realizing that there is no man behind the curtain - I could name a lot of companies who are wheeling out tired ideas in shiny new packages that speak more to making a fast buck than true innovation, or present day problem solving, but my time is better spent telling you that great builders like guitar maker Terry McInturff are adding staff, and staying busy by the dint of their hard work and creative ideas.
|McInturff Carolina Custom|
|The best of the old and new - Dan Boul's 65amps Producer 6l and George Lynch's '68 Plexi|
Granted, we're still in a period of tremendous challenges and transitions, but I'm encouraged when a veteran like Steve Hackett is doing sold out shows around the world with his Genesis Revisited project, and that Genesis Revisited II has actually outsold the original recordings at this point. Progressive rock is currently doing very well, and bands like Porcupine Tree and their leader Steven Wilson, The Flower Kings, and others are doing relatively booming business, and more important, the work they are doing is brilliant.
Regardless of genre, I'm hearing better music with greater regularity than I have in years - it's not as easy to find, but then it's also not being spoon fed to me by corporations - the death of the labels has resulted in the birth of small batch artist owned imprints that allow for great pollination in the way of collaborative freedom, and a greater variety of products. Hackett may release a studio set, a live CD, and another DVD set later that encapsulates many of the same songs (in different formats), but it's all available to the completist collector, or in bits and pieces for the more casual listener - it's great to have the choice! What would we have given in the seventies to have such options?
|Dan Boul and Frank Falbo - A New Day's Pioneers|
I'm existing in a sea of good right now - granted, I nowhere near have it made, and the challenges are still both stressful and uncertain, but I believe that by seeing the good in things, staying positive and moving forward beats the hell out of grousing about the past, who's to blame, or how bad things are - Rock Ain't Near Dead, and neither am I!
Maybe I'll match the Lefsetz's of the world with a positive and forward looking newsletter. Lord knows, I hear a lot of good news!