I bet you are wondering what the deal is with the picture of this Epiphone acoustics guitar. It was my one of my dad’s guitars, and it rarely got used. He bought it several years ago because my playing music inspired him to want to play guitar again. He wanted to be a singer-songwriter years ago, but he came across some people who wanted him to send money to get his music published or recorded. Thank God he did not fall for that because real music executives do not ask for money upfront, and as I learned at GTCC more than a decade ago, there is no “standard” contract.
Anyway, the point that I am trying to make with this picture is that my love of singing came from my father, who always sang either around our house or in our garage when I was little, and I loved hearing his beautiful Jerry Butler-like baritone voice. He even love R&B music so much that he passed that down to my sister and myself by playing records by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston to name a few artists.
Dad, I thought that I have thanked you for everything, but I forgot to thank you for sharing your love for singing and soul music with me and also for supporting my musical ambitions since the beginning of my open mic nights in 2003. Keep singing along with the angels, and I will see you on the other side. You were and still are the real talent in our family.
In loving memory of my father, Benjamin Johnny “B.J.” Pressley (5th November 1948 – 7th April 2018)
What’s up, everyone? I hope that your day is going well. I just want to call your attention to an event that has just started. It is the monthly Open Mic Night at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in Thomasville, North Carolina, and it is hosted by my friend Phillip Peace and his group, the PeaceTrain Band. I will keep you posted on the exact date of this event.
If you live in the Piedmont Triad area of NC and you are a musician or if you just enjoy good music, come on out next month to R Lo’s Pub & Grub, which is located at 207 Fisher Ferry St. in Thomasville. You will have a great time, and that is a guarantee!
Who’s my favourite guitarist of all time? Well, I have quite several, but I shall name quite a few: Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Barry Gibb, Dave Grohl, Keith Urban, and of course, yours truly!
If you play guitar as I do, be sure that the strings that you’re using are of great quality. I use Gibson electric guitar strings on my First Act ME 537 because they have been an incredible contribution to my wall of sound for nearly 16 years. Check out Gibson’s website at gibson.com.