I hope you did not have any trouble finding the Official Jeff Troxel web site. We’ve got some exciting updates planned soon.
Please join Jeff Troxel at Avogadros on Sunday, October 8th for a Chuck Pyle tribute concert and song swap. I’ll be joined by Kelley Mickwee, Michael Hearne, Bill Hearne, Don Richmond, and Gordon Burt. The show is from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The performers will each play some of their favorite Chuck songs, as well as performing some of their own original music. This will be a wonderful night of music and good memories of one of America’s finest songwriters.
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In November I hosted the 2nd annual Northwest Guitar Summit at Northwest College. We brought in Corey Christiansen from Utah State University and Michael Videon from Montana State University. They, along with me, presented a Friday evening concert, followed by day of guitar workshops and a teachers’ round-table discussion. This summit was a smashing success, with around 70 attendees from all over the state and the region.
We’re alreaday planning next year’s summit. Mark you calendars – November 11-12, 2016.
I’m thrilled that Trevor Krieger and I will be featured on Montana Public Television’s Emmy Award winning show “11th and Grant.” We did the taping for the show a couple of weeks ago in Bozeman and will be doing interviews next month. Thanks to Eric Funk and his amazing crew for this wonderful opportunity.
Last summer I taught at a camp in Colorado with Mark Johnson, who is a wonderful banjo picker. Mark is best known as one of Steve Martin’s teachers and he has a unique and exciting approach to the instrument. I was inspired to at least dabble a bit with this quirky but strangely appealing instrument. This year Rocky Mountain College purchased a Deering banjo for me to use in lessons and I’ve been teaching myself by using Murphy Henry’s DVD as well as a book by Janet Davis. It’s been a bigger challenge than I anticipated (I’m used to having my thumb play the low notes), but it’s also been a blast.
So I know at this point in my life that I’ll probably never be able to play banjo like Mark Johnson, or piano like Keith Jarrett for that matter. But who knows; with some practice I might be able to play the piano as well as Mark Johnson and the banjo as well as Keith Jarrett.
I’m teaching at two camps this summer and I hope you’ll mark your calendars now and join me. I’ll be at the Montana Fiddle Camp in Monarch, MT from June 1st through the 6th. This is a great camp in a beautiful setting, and an outstanding faculty will be there at your beck and call, including our own Trevor Krieger. There will be lots of great music and fun.
The second camp is one I’m really excited about. It’s a combination guitar/fly-fishing camp with my buddy Pete Huttlinger. Pete’s one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time, as well as a top notch educator. This will take place at the Music Ranch in Livingston, MT from July 23rd through the 27th. Don’t miss this opportunity to study guitar in a relaxed, intimate setting with lots of recreational stuff in between. Oh yeah – bring your fishing pole.
After a beautiful Fall we’re starting to get some cooler weather, and that means it’s time to get into the recording studio. I’ve been working on some new music for an upcoming recording project with Trevor Krieger and we’re going to get the ball rolling.
It’s also worth mentioning that, after fifteen years and 300,000 miles my poor little Toyota pickup needs a new engine. I sold it to my dad and bought a newer one with low miles. I flew out to Richmond, VA to pick it up and drive it back – 2100 miles. I hope to be good to go for another fifteen years…
August is proving to be a very busy month. I’ll be doing a number of concerts as part of a Wyoming tour, beginning in Sheridan on Saturday the 3rd, then to Cody, Riverton, Rock Springs, Casper, Evanston, and winding up with two days at the Nowoodstock Festival in Tensleep. The following week I’ll be at the Keyhole Music Festival in Pine Haven. The Pollard Pub in Red Lodge is also continuing through August and also September and I’ll be there most Thursdays with a variety of the region’s best musicians.
But the most exciting thing about August is that my old buddy Pete Huttlinger is coming out this way for some concerts in Montana and will be staying with me on his way through. This is the first time in all these years he’s made it out to Wyoming and it’s going to be great seeing him again. Check his website for performances – he’s not to be missed.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a week in the beautiful Colorado mountains teaching at the Colorado Roots Music Camp. The faculty included Mike Dowling, Mark Johnson, David Surette, Jack Deveroux, Rolly Brown, Cosy Sheridan and the Canote Brothers, along with camp director Charlie Hall. There were outstanding concerts every night and jam sessions lasting into the wee hours. It’s taken me several days to catch up on my sleep since returning, but I made some wonderful new friends and left the experience with a sense of inspiration and renewal. Thanks to everyone involved.
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