This September I had the opportunity to play out again with my old friends from the the KIP Dad Band at the St. Francis of Assisi Fall Festival.  At first I begged out, since Simon had an out-of-town soccer tournament scheduled for that weekend, but it occurred to me that I really only get to play guitar and use all of my home-made effects pedals once or twice a year max.  This would be worth making a three-hour round trip.

Our pal Butch is still recovering from back surgery and was not available to play drums, so Adam invited his friend Brad to sit in, and he was a delight to play with.  Here are Vichan and I rocking out at Adam’s house.


One of my favorite parts of playing out is putting together a pedal board.  Mine was a full two-thirds DIY this year, only because I hadn’t had time to finish my JMK Super Phaser.


From front to back that’s a Madbean Sparklehorn (delay and overdrive for leads), an MXR Phase 90, a Madbean Pork Barrel chorus (Boss CE-2 clone), a Madbean Lavache (Lovepedal Les Lius derivative for Cinnamon Girl), a Madbean Ego Driver (Fulltone OCD derivative for my normal “dirt channel”) and a Boss TU-2 tuner.

And here is the whole band, Los Padres del Rock, on stage in the St. Francis courtyard.  It was a perfect night — great weather and a fantastic crowd!


Want proof?  Here’s a little bit of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl”.  My low D string is a bit flat, but do you think something like that would bother Neil?

Oh, and Tim is using SHO-TIME!, my Z.Vex SHO booster clone for his solo.  I think it sounds pretty sweet.

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