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Arlen Roth on How to Run a Recording Session

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03.26.2013

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There are definitely right as well as wrong ways in which we can run a recording session, and with my upcoming Slide Summit album really underway, each session seems to present new challenges and approaches that must be taken. Some recording studios are more in a “time is money, money’s time” kind of mode, and when you get there, there can be a rather strict vibe in the air.
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Arlen Roth Says “The Show Must Go On.”

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03.18.2013

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This winter in particular has been really rough on my gigging, and I’ve literally had four straight gigs cancelled due to storms of one form or another...ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain, nor’easters, they’ve all taken an equal role in shutting down my “live” engagements! Tonight could be another such disaster, as I have to go into NYC to play with the Les Paul Trio, and they’re expecting 7-10 inches of more snow again by me! Not to mention the fact that this gig was cancelled for the same reason 2 months ago, and this night is actually the “make-up” for the first cancellation!!
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Arlen Roth’s Slide Summit with Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar

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03.12.2013

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Yesterday was quite a momentous day of music for me and my new “Slide Guitar Summit” project, and I had two more true slide guitar “greats” play with me. This time it was Cindy Cashdollar and Sonny Landreth, who played with me on 2 tracks of my Toolin’ Around Woodstock album a few years back. We had a great time then, and we had a great time now and I wrote a specific song for Sonny to play on for this album, as well as conjuring up 2 classics for Cindy to play on with me.
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Arlen Roth on Preparing for the Studio

03.11.2013

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This weekend I continue to cut tracks as well as doing overdubs for my new album project, and I feel totally consumed by equipment worries and preparations! It never fails to amaze me at just how much I love to “over-bring” too much stuff to these sessions, and there is, I suppose a sense in me that I don’t want to miss any creative opportunity that may arise.
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Arlen Roth on Lap Steel vs. Upright Slide

03.06.2013

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As I ready myself, and keep preparing for my new SLIDE GUITAR SUMMIT album project, it seems like every song has the “lap steel vs. upright slide question” at hand. Of course, these are two distinctly different ways of playing slide guitar, and everyone seems to have their preferences for sure, but I find that either approach can work for me at any given time.
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Arlen Roth on the Concert for Healing

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03.05.2013

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Last night was a very powerful and poignant night for many people in the Newtown/Sandy Hook area of Connecticut, where my daughter Lexie and I put on a show, along with many other musicians to raise money and most of all try to raise spirits for the people and community there who were hit so hard by the tragedy. It was as can be expected of these kinds of things, rather chaotic, and things “ran over” and late, people played too long, and all the other things that could occur, did!
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Arlen Roth on Learning from Teaching

02.27.2013

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I can recall the other day, thinking about how much I seemed to know at an early age, especially when it came to the guitar-related subjects and styles I was so adept at. This was especially true in regards to the 3 or 4 books I was writing from the ages of about 20 to 22. I realized that this was because to know more about my subject, I was actually delving deeper into the subject without even truly realizing it! As years have gone on now, I have become even more aware of how this process is always “helped along” by teaching.
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Arlen Roth on Doing “Good” Radio

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02.19.2013

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Just did a quick, yet informative interview on a National Public Radio station, and it was an incredible amount of fun. Of course, it takes all the right things to come together to have a “good” radio appearance, and it’s always funny when you realize that even though they may’ve interviewed you for close to an hour, it will really only end up being a 4-minute piece, or something like that!
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Arlen Roth on How to Make a Living as a Musician

02.15.2013

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The very concept of making a living as a musician may seem like an impossibility to many, and though the task is daunting, it’s certainly not hopeless. I can still remember the first time I got paid for doing anything musically, and just what a “shock” it was to me then! I mean, it felt like “you mean we actually get paid for doing something that is so much just for fun?!” Well, we can fast-forward nearly fifty years, and sometimes it still feels like I am asking that same question, but the idea of “making a living” within music is something that is largely up to each of us, individually.
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Arlen Roth’s Slide Guitar Summit with Johnny Winter!

02.14.2013

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Well, I finally had the honor of kicking off my upcoming “Slide Guitar Summit” album and documentary by doing a burning version of the great tune “Rocket 88” with none other than the great Johnny Winter himself! We cut the rhythm track that morning, and later in the evening Johnny came right in ready to go with his trusty Gibson Firebird, and I was armed with my new ’57 VOS goldtop, and various other slide guitar possibilities!
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