I've always wanted to see him live, ever since he first played Tony Revell guitars in '93, when I bought a guitar from Tony and he gave me a signed photo of Catfish (which I still have). Up until two hours before the gig, I was unaware he was playing in a venue called The Cockpit (not too sure what sort of bar it was!) not far from me. A mate and guitar maker from York, who knows him well, was going and passing by my house. How could I say no?
He was great - his performance was so engrossing and his playing musical, if you know what I mean.
Probably the best gig I've been to recently, much better than David Russell who I saw in London a few weeks ago and played out of tune for the whole gig, which clearly put him off and everybody else.
Catfish plays a lot of artificial harmonics, which really added sparkle to the pieces - he glued some new nails on in the interval when we could share nail stories!! I asked about the original bluesmen using that technique and he said he nicked it from Harpo Marx, a technique he used on the harp.
He played a National Resphonic, who he endorses, sounded great, an O'29 by Santa Cruz which had a massive sound (tuned down a tone) and one of Ralph Bown's 12 strings based on a Stella, bass tuned to Bb and .68 gauge, so basically a baritone. All had Highlanders and also mic'ed up - they sounded fantastic.
His wife was the sound 'guy' and recorded the whole concert for YouTube.
We heard a lot of insightful stories about Joseph Spence, Leadbelly et al.
This was the end of a two month tour and now he's heading home to Iowa until next year's UK tour. The nicest guy, just wish I'd seen and met him 26 years ago.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2019 12:14:06 GMT by jonnymosco
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