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“Extreme Acoustic” Returns To The MIM – Jan. 5th, 2017!

Written by Bill on November 30, 2016 – 8:35 am -

IAM AZ logoBack by popular demand! “Extreme Acoustic” returns to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, on Thursday, January 5th, 2017!  The “I Am AZ Music” series presents an evening of acoustic guitar music so good, it ought to be against the law!  Join Bill Dutcher, Chuck Hall and Stan Sorenson as they bring their unique styles to the stage for an evening of unforgettable acoustic guitar compositions. Get your tickets now as the past three years have sold out!

 

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December Schedule

Written by Bill on November 28, 2016 – 2:23 pm -

Bill Harp MIM 1Hi Folks!  Here’s the schedule for December:

1st: Solo-Acoustic at Indigo Crow Restaurant & Bar (Cave Creek) 7-9pm.
2nd: Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (Tempe Marketplace) 9-12am.
3rd:  PRIVATE EVENT
7th:  FIRST TIME HERE!  Preston’s Steakhouse (E. Pinnacle Peak and Pima Rd.), 6-9pm.
8th: Solo-Acoustic – Janey’s in Cave Creek, 7:30-10:30.
9th:  Solo-Acoustic – Anthem Country Club (Ironwood Clubhouse), Member event, 6-9pm.
10th: PRIVATE EVENT
11th: PRIVATE EVENT
22nd: Solo-Acoustic at Indigo Crow Restaurant & Bar (Cave Creek) 7-9pm.
23rd:  Solo-Acoustic at Salty Sow, on the patio, 7-10pm.
28th: RETURN ENGAGEMENT! Preston’s Steakhouse (E. Pinnacle Peak and Pima Rd.), 6-9pm.
30th: The Bill Dutcher Trio at Janey’s, 7:30-10:30. $10 at the door.
31st: NEW YEAR EVE! – I’m open if anyone needs music for their party!  Please contact me on the through my FaceBook page.


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Post-Turkey Day Show Tonight!

Written by Bill on November 25, 2016 – 10:43 am -

bill-bryanFriday, November 25th!

Come shake off that tryptophan blues tonight at Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse (Shea and the 51).

Bill Dutcher and Bryan Hawkesworth will be performing an intense cardio/musical workout, specifically designed to help you melt away unwanted pounds of stuffing, turkey and pumpkin pie! Showtime 7pm-10pm.


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Pre-Turkey Day Show!

Written by Bill on November 21, 2016 – 11:29 am -

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Come out and get your Pre-Turkey Day groove on at Connolly’s Sports Grill, Wed. Nov. 25th.  I’ll be throwin’ down classic rock favorites, 9pm-12am.  This will be my first time here so come out and show your support!


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November Schedule

Written by Bill on October 30, 2016 – 10:13 am -

Hi Folks!  Here’s the schedule for November.  I hope to see you at a show.

1st:   Solo-Acoustic – Anthem Country Club (Persimmon Clubhouse), TEQUILA TASTING. Member event, 6-9pm.
3rd:  Solo-Acoustic at Dynamite Grill at Troon North, 5:30-7:30pm.  Smokehouse BBQ Night!  Open to the public!
4th:  PRIVATE EVENT
5th:  Horses Help Big Bad Barn Bash – 2016.  The “Bill Dutcher Band” will be rocking the crowd at this year’s event, 6pm-9pm.  This event is open to the public.  Click this link for ticket details.
10th:  Solo-Acoustic – Janey’s in Cave Creek, 7:30-10:30pm.
11th: Solo-Acoustic – Anthem Country Club (Ironwood Clubhouse), Member event, 6-9pm.
16th: Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (Tempe Marketplace) 7-10pm.
17th:  Solo-Acoustic at Dynamite Grill at Troon North, 5:30-7:30pm.  Smokehouse BBQ Night!  Open to the public!
18th:  Solo-Acoustic at Salty Sow, on the patio, 7-10pm.
19th: Solo-Acoustic – Wicked Six at Sunridge Canyon Golf Course, 5:30-8:30pm.
23rd: FIRST TIME HERE!  Solo at Connolly’s Sports Grill, 9pm-12am.
25th:  Bill Dutcher & Bryan Hawkesworth (Acoustic/Percussion Duo) at Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse  7-10pm.
26th:  Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (7th St. Yard Location) 8-11pm.


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The Best MacGyver Move Yet!

Written by Bill on October 7, 2016 – 10:07 am -

I’d like to share what I believe is one of the most brilliant musician’s “hack” I’ve ever come across. As performing musicians, we all run across situations where equipment and or instruments fail and we need to improvise on the spot to remedy the situation. Probably one of the biggest fears for a guitarist is breaking a string at a gig and not having an extra set of strings, with you.

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This little trick comes from a friend of mine named, Chaz Mechenbier.  Chaz is a Columbus, Ohio based guitarist and truly is a a master of the instrument.  This trick only works if you’ve ever broken a string, between the nut and the tuning machine.  Tie the broken string, with a square knot, to another piece of string that goes to the tuning machine post.  Keep tightening until the knot cinches up and viola, you can at least get through the gig!  I hope this little trick helps saves your arse, when you need it!

 

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October Schedule – Solo, Duo and Band Gigs!

Written by Bill on September 30, 2016 – 8:11 am -

Bill M32 MIMHi Folks!

Here’s the schedule for October.  I hope to see you at a show!

1st:   Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (Waterfront Location – Scottsdale & Camelback) 8-11pm.
6th: Solo-Acoustic – Janey’s in Cave Creek, 7:30-10:30pm.
7th:  Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (Tempe-Farmers Market) 9-12pm.
8th:  The Pete Cummings Band at the Irish Wolfhound in Surprise, 9pm-1am.
13th: Solo-Acoustic at Dynamite Grill at Troon North, 5:30-7:30pm.  Smokehouse BBQ Night!  Open to the public!
14th:  Solo-Acoustic – Anthem Country Club (Ironwood Clubhouse), Member event, 6-9pm.
15th:  Solo-Acoustic – Wicked Six at Sunridge Canyon Golf Course, 5:30-8:30pm.
20th:  Solo-Acoustic at Dynamite Grill at Troon North, 5:30-7:30pm.  Smokehouse BBQ Night!  Open to the public!
21st:  The Bill Dutcher Trio at Janey’s, 7:30-10:30. $10 at the door.
22nd: Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (7th St. Yard Location) 8-11pm.
28th:  Bill Dutcher & Bryan Hawkesworth (Acoustic/Percussion Duo) at Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse , 7-10pm.  3375 E. Shea Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85028 602.996.4228
29th:  Solo-Acoustic at Salty Sow, on the patio, 7-10pm.


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New Toys!

Written by Bill on September 23, 2016 – 11:15 am -

I’m excited to announce that I recently received my new Synergy X7 Artisan harp guitar from Alistair Hay at Emerald Guitars! This instrument is a great addition to the arsenal for several reasons; a great working instrument for the hot, dry Arizona climate and for its compact size, when flying to gigs. It’s roughly the size of an electric guitar and comes with a high-quality soft case with backpack straps and storage compartments.

Due to its carbon fiber construction, it’s much more durable when dealing with hot temperatures and dry climates.  It has a short scale neck that makes long stretches with the fingers much easier.  The soft case is perfect for transporting it to local gigs and it’s great for airline travel, as it fits in the overhead storage bins, quite nicely.synergy-hg

What impresses me the most about Emerald Guitars is that Alistair can create just about any idea you come up with.  The flexibility of adding custom options, along with impeccable workmanship is what drew me to Emerald Guitars, in making my idea a reality.  My J. Thomas Davis harp guitar has six sub bass strings and I’ve always found myself wanting that one extra low sub bass note.  Alistair was able to add a seventh sub bass along with Dunlop jumbo fret wire.  I like jumbo fret wire because you can do vibrato much easier and you don’t feel the fret board as much when fretting.  I had a second input jack installed for another pickup system along with traditional string posts installed on the harp headstock, near the sub bass tuners.

The instrument came with a Dual B-Band UST system that uses two under-the-saddle pickups wired to a stereo output jack that has a built in preamp.  Using a stereo Y-cable, you can run each pickup into separate channels and get great separation between the guitar and sub bass strings.  This allows you to run different signal processing on each channel and get some really cool results.  While the B-Band set up provides a crisp, clean sound, I’ve always preferred the sound of magnetic pickups for their deep bass response and initial attack produced from the string.  This, along with a contact transducer is my preferred set up. I find that magnetic pickups are more feedback-forgiving in live situations and they allow you to get high volume levels without feedback issues that arise from piezo/type under saddle pickups.

arnsparger-magThe issue for me was finding a 7-string magnetic pickup that was low-profile in size and that would work with phosphor bronze strings.  I worked with Bill Arnsparger at Arnsparger Guitar Pickups, in Columbus, Ohio, to design a prototype.  This magnetic pickup is about 10mm high and attaches to the face of the Synergy with double-stick tape. It’s passive and has adjustable pole pieces which really helps with dialing in the string balance, when dealing with phosphor bronze strings. Bill makes all kinds of custom wound pickups and I recommend you check him out if your looking for something new for your instrument.

The issue I’m dealing with in terms of getting comfortable with the Synergy is the string spacing on the sub bass strings.  They’re a little wider than my J. Thomas Davis harp guitar and I have to reach a little farther when plucking a sub bass string.  I’ve got to relearn all the muscle memory for all the tunes I do and it’s coming along…just need to hit the woodshed some more. 🙂  I’ll be posting some performance videos soon so stay tuned!

In conclusion, if your looking for a durable, workhorse instrument with exceptional features, sound and craftsmanship, check out Emerald Guitars line of unique instruments.  The only limits are your imagination and as Alistair said to me in the beginning, “If you can think of it, there’s a good chance we can do it.”

img_6279Oh yeah…You’ll also get a cool Emerald Guitar coffee mug when you purchase an instrument!

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September Schedule – Solo, Duo and Trio Gigs!

Written by Bill on August 29, 2016 – 11:04 am -

Bill Harp MIM 2Hi Folks!

Here’s the schedule for September:

2nd: Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (Tempe Marketplace) 9-12am.
8th:  Solo-Acoustic at Indigo Crow in Cave Creek, 7-9pm.
9th: The Bill Dutcher Trio at Janey’s, 7:30-10:30. $10 at the door.
10th:  Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (Waterfront Location – Scottsdale & Camelback) 8-11pm.
15th:  Solo-Acoustic – Janey’s in Cave Creek, 7:30-10:30pm.
16th:  Solo-Acoustic – Anthem Country Club (Ironwood Clubhouse), Member event, 6-9pm.
22nd:  Solo-Acoustic at Indigo Crow in Cave Creek, 7-9pm.
23rd:  Bill Dutcher & Bryan Hawkesworth (Acoustic/Percussion Duo) at Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse , 7-10pm.  3375 E. Shea Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85028 602.996.4228
24th:   Solo-Acoustic – Culinary Dropout (7th St. Yard Location) 8-11pm.
30th: Bill Dutcher & Bryan Hawkesworth (Acoustic/Percussion Duo) at Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse , 7-10pm.

I hope to see you at a show!


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Smokehouse BBQ Night – Thursday Nights in March and April!

Written by Bill on February 5, 2016 – 3:50 pm -

Dynamite Grill Trron NorthThanks to everyone who came to the Dynamite Grill, at Troon North, on Thursday, February 5th.  Looks like I’ll be playing there in March and April!  The grill overlooks the 18th hole and the “Smokehouse Night” features BBQ specials, and is open to the public.  Come hang out, enjoy some great food and drink and listen to live music!  All Thursday performances are 5:30-7:30pm.

 

March:  3rd, 10th and 31st

April:  14th, 21st and 28th

 


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