Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

Stein on Vine and Professional Drum Shop

Stein on Vine and Professional Drum Shop

After doing a bunch of recording sessions the last six months, I realized I hadn’t properly serviced my 1939 Kay upright bass or my late-1950s Gretsch drum kit in more than 35 years.

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Day Two in Floyd County

Day Two in Floyd County

Day two in Floyd County—Aunt Betty, Evelyn and I drove over to where my mom grew up in Willis, Virginia. Her family had a sixty-acre spread that originally had a big farmhouse with lots of outbuildings.

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Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

The dog has finally caught the car it has been chasing all these years. After decades of planning to take over the Supreme Court, Republicans have finally got what they vowed to do: they have overturned Roe v. Wade.

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RIP Charles Music in Glendale

RIP Charles Music in Glendale

Charles Music is going out of business, after many decades. Sad to see this place go, sad to see any music store go out of business. I also see right down the street the classic old “Virgil’s Hardware Home Center” just went out of business, as well.

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All-Star Charlie Feathers Benefit in Memphis, 1988

All-Star Charlie Feathers Benefit in Memphis, 1988

These photos just surfaced of a benefit for Charlie Feathers with a lineup that still seems impossible. And I was there! Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, the Sun Rhythm Section (featuring Sonny Burgess, Paul Burlison, D.J. Fontana, Smoochy Smith, Marcus Van Story, and Stan Kesler), Mack Vickery, Barbara Pittman, Tex Rubinowitz, Dave Travis, Bubba Feathers, and Charlie Feathers hisself!

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The Rare 1958 25L8 Standel Amplifier

The Rare 1958 25L8 Standel Amplifier

Pulled this sucker out to play rhythm guitar with Kyle Eldridge this weekend. I sort of forget what a darn good amp this one is. It’s an odd one, even if you’re all versed up on tube Standel amplifiers.

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