Hey friends. I have many tasty tidbits, mighty morsels, and yummy yaddas to share with you.
It’s finally here! Oog has arrived! My newest record is a sonic chronicle of my life experience since record one was finished back in early 2006. I was joined by feared fearless musical adventure seekers Matt Chamberlain (drums, electronic mangulation, fiddle sticks), Viktor Krauss (basses), Darrell Scott (electric guitar, pedal steel guitar), and Fognode (field recordings, lap steel, synth). Jason Lehning recorded and mixed the project as well as co-producing it with me. Oog contains 10 originals and 2 been-done-befores. In addition, there are unique bonus tracks for both the physical CD and digital download. Please visit My Store to claim your copy.
FULL SPECTRUM MUSIC GIVEAWAY
To celebrate the release of Oog, I’m giving away my 2 CDs in addition to 20 other CDs that I’ve played on over the past few years. To enter, simply visit my Full Spectrum Blog Post and leave a comment at the end. One grand prize winner (22 CDs) and 10 runner-ups (my 2 CDs) will be selected at random. Entry must be made before midnight CDT on May 20, 2009. Watch the video.
NEW WEBSITE AND MYSPACE
It’s been a long time coming and I’m happy to say that cASEYdRIESSEN.com has a new brain. Be sure to check back periodically for new blog posts, videos, and photos. There aren’t many photos up yet, but I have a backlog of 3 years and I plan to add a new gallery just about every week.
My myspace has a new brain as well. It’s a fine place to go for a quick fix, but my website will have the freshest content. Also, I don’t respond to myspace-mail very often so please use my website contact page if you would like to reach me.
THE MEANING OF OOG
What does it mean? How is it pronounced? To shed a bit of light on those questions, and perhaps raise some others, I enlisted the help of a few friends while on tour recently. Watch the video.
THE MAKING OF OOG
For my first record 3D, I documented the process with still photography. For Oog, I asked documentary film making friend Craig Havighurst to take a bit of motion photography. Here’s a glimpse into the recording studio process. Watch the video.
BACKWARDS FIDDLE CHALLENGE
Here’s a short short about a Bill Monroe / Kenny Baker fiddle tune that I messed with on Oog. Watch the video.
Two nights ago I had a very fun experience that I’d like to share in closing. Unwigged & Unplugged came to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It’s a plain clothesed show by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer (of This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman, & Best in Show). They performed many of their “hits” and thoroughly entertained with commentary. I had the good fortune to sit in on three numbers with Béla Fleck and one on my own (Stonehenge). In a strange twist of irony, back in college, my buddies put together a Caf Show (short for cafeteria) specifically dedicated to This is Spinal Tap, and I performed on one tune there…Stonehenge. I dressed up like a cross between a troll and a leprechaun and played the mandolin while a tiny Stonehenge was lowered from the rafters. This Sunday I played the fiddle in plain clothes, but behind me on the video screen, stuffed troll-leprechauns danced around a miniature descending Stonehenge.
I hope this letter finds you well and I hope we cross paths this year at least once. Be well and travel safe,