I’m excited to announce the release of my first online lesson series. It’s a set of 5 downloadable videos focusing on the percussive bowing technique called The Chop, available in full HD resolution and Mobile-Ready versions. Knewsletter subscribers, Facebook Fans, and Twitter followers have the opportunity to download the entire series now. [Proceed to store]. On Sept. 22, all videos will be available individually. The HD versions come “pre-packaged” with the Mobile versions. Have a look at the video below to see what they’re like.
“Casey Driessen has gone further into Chop Land than anybody, and has returned alive and grooving! He presents the results of his explorations in a clear and entertaining manner. Good meaty stuff.” – Darol Anger
“You’ve heard Casey Driessen’s heart-stopping, mind-blowing, earth-shattering rhythms and grooves. Now he teaches you how to do those amazing percussive techniques, breaking it all down in a thorough and complete manner, over the course of a number of clear and highly organized lessons that you can now acquire for a pittance! Of course you want to get that! I knew you would!” – Matt Glaser, Artistic Director, American Roots Music Program, Berklee College of Music
(Nashville, Tennessee – August 23th, 2011) – GRAMMY nominated genre bending five-string fiddler Casey Driessen will release an instructional video series for those hungry to learn his distinctive rhythmic bowing. “The chop” as it’s called is a new percussive bowing technique that is sweeping the violin family world. These high definition lessons give the curious, the fan, and fiddlers and violinists of all ages a chance to learn from one of the most innovative and versatile players on the circuit. Casey’s natural talent for music and wit join forces with his fun and quirky style to create an informative and entertaining personal lesson experience.
The videos, with picture in picture details, will be available for download in full HD as well as mobile-ready versions to take along the road. The instructional video series will include five different lessons, all focusing on “the chop.” Each video is approximately eight to ten minutes in length.
SKILLS & TECHNIQUES WITH CASEY DRIESSEN:
Chop 101: My First Chop
Chop 102: Cyclical Slant
Chop 103: Kick Drum
Chop 104: Bass Lines
The Triple Chop
CHOP SHOPS [Workshops]
To celebrate the release of my lesson series, I’ll be doing a short Colorfools tour (Jeff Sipe – drums, Alana Rocklin – Bass) and holding afternoon workshops before the shows. Enrollment is limited to 15 people. Please Visit the Gigs Page or the links below for more details and instructions to signup.
Back when hurricane Irene crawled up the east coast, the Flecktones were on the way to play a show in NYC on Governor’s Island. Our set time was excactly the same as Irene’s scheduled arrival. Gig canceled. We had a few days off after this gig anyway, so we looked for a city out of the path to wait out the storm. Burlington, VT seemed like a good choice. Well, Irene came through VT and dumped flooding rains. Our hotel of refuge was safe but the surrounding areas were hit. I holed up in my room for 4 days and played. A new looping tune was born. I’ll play it for you someday.
Spring has sprung and summer is swinging hard! Dusty shadeless Bonnaroo hit 100ºF and then a week later in Telluride CO it snowed. And there I was, up in Saskatoon experiencing spring once again (and vicious mosquitos!).
Please enjoy the following fan balcony cam of the acoustic Amazing Grace with Mumford & Sons, Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz Band, and Abigail Washburn & the Village. (If you don’t see the video, follow this link right here.)
Since late May, I have [mostly] left behind the myriad of different gigs – trading the jigsaw (gigsaw?!) for nearly a year of touring with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones through April 2012. They’ve reunited with Howard Levy – the diatonic harmonica / piano phenom not seen with them in 17yrs. The new record is called Rocket Science, on which I had the pleasure of bonus track fiddling on the tune Wolf Laurel [find it here]. Please check the gig list [to the right] to see when we’re near you.
My continuing photo journal of interesting visuals witnessed while on the road…Two current galleries and two past. Snap snap, click click. You will find the recent protests in Madison WI, foot adventures and nighttimes in New York City, mountainous Telluride CO to a SF Bay Area home stay with very interesting art, and a stunning lift bridge in Duluth MN.
ON THE HORIZON
• Skills & Techiques
I’m making preparations to release “Skills & Techniques with Casey Driessen” – groups of short downloadable lesson videos focused on a specific topic. The first series will concentrate on different aspects of a percussive bowing technique called “The Chop.” Stay tuned for more info.
• United States Artists Projects
I’ve just accepted an invitation to participate in United States Artists Projects (USA Projects). This organization helps connect boundary pushing artists of all disciplines with willing donors and supporters. I’ll begin the fund raising process later this year for a project I’m not quite ready to talk about yet – what I can tell you is I’ve been hard at work, deep underground in my fiddle laboratory, developing some techniques for it. To learn more about featured artists, their projects, and the organization, click here
Don’t forget to stop by my website cASEYdRIESSEN.com once in a while for new photos, videos, and rambles.
Friends, I have a problem. Plants. Plants for the house and plants for the yard. I’m no green thumb but I give it a good go. I water (sometimes too much). I feed. I pay attention to light. I read. I learn (hopefully). Instead of a bedtime book, I peruse the pages of the Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (when I’m home anyway ’cause that thing is big!) For a good time on the weekend, I go to the nursery and let my imagination run.
My big news: I just acquired my first 4 plants to bonsai (2 junipers, a boxwood, and a cotonester) – along with a bonsai book for father’s day. I’ve always marveled at the art and figured it might be a good match for a guy with long stretches away and a tendency to tinker.
Anyone else into this? Any tips for me? Perhaps I’ll share a time-lapse in a few years.
Please enjoy the following countdown to 2011 from stage during an intimate moment with the Zac Brown Band…and 18,000 Atlantans. (If you don’t see the video, follow this link right here.)
Since then, I’ve been laying low at home – actually spending quite a bit of time in the studio. I recorded for the Flecktones new record, the Greencards upcoming release, Jonathan Scales next album, and for a few songwriters in town.
Starting at the end of May, I hit the road with the Flecktones as they tour their upcoming album – marking a reuniting with harmonica madman and original member Howard Levy. I’ll be out with them for the better part of a year… meaning fewer Casey & the Colorfools sightings…
3 OF WHICH ARE COMING TO YOU THIS WEEKEND!!!
Please join Matt Mangano [bass], Jano Rix [drums], and myself for a bit of toe tapping. I’ll also be giving a fiddle workshop in Frankfort, IL on the afternoon of the 19th at Down Home Guitars.
One last quick note…I’ve also been in the video studio this year. I’m working on a series of downloadable lessons for fiddlers and violinists. Keep and eye out for more info on that as it becomes available.
I’ll leave you with a few photos from recent wanderings.
Hope to see you in a couple days!
[Happiest hydrant I’ve seen – and I’ve seen a lot]
[I feel like everyone that’s been to Seattle probably has this picture]
[The car wash is just one thing that is better at night]
[The street lamp with two brains]
[Because without this setting, we’d all miss out on PopTart perfection]
[Just for the record: me within the first (wee) hours of 2011]
The experience of two weeks of touring this August with the Zac Brown Band was easily the biggest thing I’ve been a part of as a solo artist. I’d like to extend a big thanks to the whole traveling family that I was welcomed into. We totaled 5 tour buses, 5 semis, and 57 people from city to city. Soon I hope to introduce you to everyone through a tour portrait series I did. Our biggest show was Charlotte NC on Aug. 21 with 18,000 people. I’m happy to announce that there will be four more shows coming up with ZBB at the beginning of November.
Please enjoy the following Good Vs. Evil fiddle duel of The Devil Went Down to Georgia. (If you don’t see the video, follow this link right here.)
9AM: Arrive venue on the bus. Crew begins to unload and set up the stage. We carry everything with us — lighting, complete sound system, all amps and instruments, video screens, stage set, and catering. 230PM: Stage is set. ZBB soundcheck. 4PM: Support acts soundcheck (myself and the Wood Brothers). 5PM: Eat & Greet with ~150 fans and VIPs. (Early in the day, our Chef Rusty would venture into the city and find local food to prepare along with Southern Ground favorites and Zac Brown family recipes. 6PM: Tune, dress, and meet in Zac’s bus for vocal warmups. 7PM: My set for 25min. 730PM: Walk through the crowd (in red suit) to meet people while the Wood Brothers play. 815PM: ZBB takes the stage and rocks the house for 2.5hrs. I sit in on “Who Knows,” a guitar/fiddle duel with Clay Cook, and on the classic good-vs-evil fiddle-off “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” with Jimmy DeMartini as Johnny and me as The Devil. Our show would close with all 12 musicians on stage for our Last Waltz – my contribution being a version of “Working on a Building.” 11PM: I tear down my gear, sign autographs, then attend after show party/hang while the crew breaks everything down. 2AM: all buses and semis loaded and rolling down the road towards the next city…with band & crew catching a few hours of sleep before we do it all over again. (See Photo Gallery)
My continuing photo journal of interesting visuals witnessed while on the road…Two current galleries and two past. One from the road tour with ZBB, one is from the Zac Brown Band “Sailing Southern Ground” cruise down to Grand Cayman, one from a video shoot in southern CA, and one from a walk in Philly.
FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY – ZAC BROWN BAND SHOWS
I’m once again offering a few free tickets for each upcoming ZBB show. In exchange, you agree to go out into the crowd and pass out “Free Music Download” cards during and after my set, spreading around good Casey vibes. If you can find a friend to help, they can have a ticket too! Just leave a comment on the Facebook event page for the show that you’d like to help at. Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 4), St. Louis, MO (Nov.5), Wichita, KS (Nov. 6), Kansas City, MO (Nov. 7). I’ll select winners at random a few days before the show. I surely appreciate your help and support. You won’t be disappointed by your seats.
CROSS CANADA TOUR
This knewsletter is being written from the sun deck of a ferry surrounded by mountainous wilderness saling from Powell River to Vancouver up in British Columbia. I’m on a two week tour with Jayme Stone (banjo), Ross Martin (guitar) and Joe Phillips (bass) as we support Jayme’s new record Room of Wonders (on which I played). It’s a collection of folk dances from around the world: Bulgaria, Ireland, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Italy, and America. Check out the “making-of” below… Look for us stateside in the spring of 2011.
Don’t forget to stop by my website cASEYdRIESSEN.com once in a while for new photos, videos, and rambles.
When I have been home, I’ve been trying to do a bit of instigating of my own – this time in the form of party I’m calling the Red Shoe Stringjam. It’s a collection of whichever awesome music buddies happen to be in town – residing or visiting – along with other interesting like-minded creative types. As life seems to get busier with family and travel, the jam/hang doesn’t happen as much as it used to, and I’m trying to fix that. So far, the gatherings have been at a great warehouse photography studio, but I’m seeking other rad and unusual locations around town for which to rotate this picking party.
I’ve got some exciting news and a chance for you to get involved and help me out in the process. My trio is opening for the Zac Brown Band for two weeks on their tour in mid-August. The Wood Brothers will be playing those dates as well.
So, how can you get involved? I have TWO FREE TICKETS PER SHOW that I’ll be giving away. In exchange, you agree to go out into the crowd and pass out “Free Music Download” cards during and after my set, spreading around good Casey Driessen vibes.
If you’re interested in being a part of one of these great nights, go to my Facebook Events Page and leave a comment on the Facebook event for whichever show you want to attend. A few
days before each show, I’ll randomly select the two winners from everyone who posts for that show. Please make sure that you can get to the venue because I’ll be counting on you to spread the word at the show and you are responsible for your own transportation. A full list of tour dates is below (along with direct links to the shows).
Thanks in advance for your help. I’m really looking forward to these dates.