Well, hasn't this been quite a year!
Even though indoor gigs have disappeared for now, hopefully they will return soon. So I'm leaving my 2020 musical targets below, because I hope to get back to 'em, while I let you know what I've been doing (musically) lately.
This Spring, Mike Mercier and I finished three Hot Tuna tribute CDs (for more info, see: Duos and CDs). We like, and have played, all of the songs on these CDs for years. Just for fun, here are two of my takes on Blind Blake's great song, "That'll Never Happen No More".
This is me and Mike as The Whinin' Boys', on our CD, "Chasing Tale":
This is me and Thomasina Winslow from our CD "I Got Mine", cut a few years ago:
Hi, I'm Jeff Gonzales, and I work throughout the Northeastern states of the USA. These are some of my tools. I use the nylon string guitar for backing up acoustic singer/songwriters who prefer a softer sound. My main guitar is the steel string acoustic which I use for solo gigs and some of my duo work. The electric guitar is used for band work, such as with the Jeff Gonzales Trio and the Dry Town Drifters. Finally, I use my banjitar for recording and acoustic projects when I want that banjo sound "with a little extra bass".
Currently, I have a regular gig at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on the second Thursday of every month starting in January 2020. The music starts at 7:30 PM and wraps up around 10:30 PM.
I plan on bringing three of my duos to the Red Lion Inn, Big and Bigger with Wanda Houston, the Two Bit Cowboys with Aaron Hahn, and the Whinin' Boys with Mike Merceir. Check my calendar for which duo will be there.
Aaron Hahn and I have finished seven CDs ,still having fun playing together as the two Bit Cowboys. If you want to hear some old country and cowboy music with a bunch of originals....come on by!
Wanda Houston and I have three CDs out, always a great show with Wanda, lots of great music and laughs, hopefully we will get another CD or two in over the next few years. We are a combination of blues, ballads and originals, lots of originals.
Mike Merceir and I have just started a Hot Tuna tribute duo. I play guitar, he sings and plays harmonica. Started working up tunes last summer of 2019, should be a lot of fun playing the songs Jorma and Tuna.
Also just finished a trilogy of ragtime blues CDs with Gina Coleman, Donna Trittico and Thomasina Winslow. Each of them sing on their own CD, while I play the guitar.
Any of the bands above are available for private parties. functions, clubs, coffee houses or whatever, so if you have interest, send an e mail or give a call!
Thanks so much!!!
The Red Lion Inn, Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
by John Duval, from Live Music Review, 07/16/2014.
"Every now and then one finds an unexpected treat, and that was Jeff Gonzales playing a solo acoustic finger-picking bluegrass show.
"He opened with a spiritual tune Going Back to Jesus but it wasn't the lyrics which caught my attention, it was his guitar playing. In the annals of bluegrass there are many gospel type tunes, but this just felt different. He followed with a great breakup tune I'll be Through With You, getting laughter from the crowd at the lyrics. He was doing something I've seldom seen at the Den, engaging the audience. This is a tavern, with pub fare, and people go there for a late night gnosh. The music in general draws attention when polite applause follows the end of a song, and people go back to their drinks, dinner and conversation. Jeff Gonzales was having none of that.