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Dusty BrownLast night’s solo gig at the restaurant was really special for me. For one thing, I was REALLY feeling it, and had a great vibe going on all night. The diners were quite responsive and the entire atmosphere was festive. One our singing servers even commented on how the energy of the place was really charged. All in all, it was just a great gig, and I couldn’t ask for a better one; not to mention the great tips I got. 🙂

During my last break before I’d finish out the evening. One of the servers asked me if it was alright if one of her customers could sing. I initially declined because from past experience, there are lots of people who come into the restaurant who want to sing, and every time I’ve let them, it turns out they have a serious case of what I call “American Idol Syndrome;” that is, they think they’re A LOT better than they actually are. In fact, they’ve mostly been horrid, despite their claims to the contrary. So I stopped letting people sing.

However, in this case, I changed my mind, and allowed her customer to sing. Partly because it was late and at the end of my gig, which was particularly long last night because I started out in the patio for a couple of hours, then did a three-hour stint inside, so I was a bit tired. But mostly it was because I was in great spirits, and I figured, why the hell not?

So after my break, I did a couple of numbers, then called out to the server to bring her customer to the stage area (it’s not a true stage, but the area’s dedicated to it). It turns out that it wasn’t the guy who wanted to perform, it was the request of his friends, so I guess it took a bit of coaxing from the server. But in the end he agreed, and walked to the stage.

When he got there, he asked if he could play my guitar. Normally, I wouldn’t allow it, but the dude was just the unassuming type, and very humble and respectful of playing another musician’s instrument when he asked. That clued me in that he was the real deal. Only another guitarist would act that way. I can spot posers a mile away, and this guy was genuine. It didn’t matter to me how good he was – turns out he was quite good – I could tell he had a good heart and that was all that mattered to me.

So he played a song he wrote. It was a slow county-like ballad. Don’t know the name of the tune, but I loved the song! After he finished, we introduced ourselves. His name is Dusty Brown. What a cool guy! If you want to hear some of his music, check out his MySpace site at http://dustybrownmusic.com. It was great to hear a musician who was playing his own stuff, because it all came from his heart. Much appreciated!

I love encountering fellow musicians; especially singer/songwriters like myself. It’s not that they’re necessarily better musicians, but they’re all heart when they play their stuff. What you see with them is really what you get, and Dusty was no exception. I wish him the best of luck in his musical career!

As I listened to the song, I couldn’t help but notice how damn good my Yamaha APX-900 sounded! In fact, Dusty mentioned that he popped up his head from his booth a couple of times because he thought it was a CD when I started playing Cat Stevens’ Wild World. While he played his song, the clarity of the guitar was incredible! I owe it all to the Acoustic Resonance Technology of the APX-900.

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