Who the heck is Picassio? Well, Picasso, as you know, is a famous artist.
Rick Miller is an almost famous 'artiste.'
Picassio is almost spelled like a famous artist so Rick uses it to name his almost hip alter ego.
It's all very almost edgy you see...
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Hi fans and friends of TSHB,
Rick Miller Arcadia Bluegrass Benefit:
would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out to
the Arcadia Bluegrass Benefit. This very successful event will have a
lasting impact on me & my family, and will forever be remembered in
To all of the sponsors and contributors who helped to make this event possible: the Friendly Inn, Appalachian Bluegrass Shop, International Violin, Eastman Mandolin Co., Weiss Supermarkets - I could never put into words how grateful I am for your over-the-top contributions. I ask that everyone please make sure that you show continued loyal patronage to these fine establishments.
And of course, to my good friend and favorite guitar builder Steve Longo and his lovely wife Stacey - Many thanks for the countless late hours it took to build such a fine dreadnought guitar. I am in awe at the magnitude of your generosity. (The drawing for the guitar will be at the Friendly Inn Sat.Oct.17th. To purchase a ticket for the drawing contact Joe Zauner @ firstname.lastname@example.org.)
And of course, last but certainly not least, to Joe Zauner and his traveling ''army of angels''!!!
Dear Fans and Friends,
I would like to thank "fill in" mandolin players, Jeff Kidd, Bobby Van Hoy, Dick Smith, Bill Beeler, and Dave Propst for their fine and spirited performances with the band. I am sure they will be seen with us again from time to time as they may be needed. Again, I would like to say THANK YOU to these great players.
Now, with a steady crew, we hope to get started on the new cd. The title song is High On Satyr Hill and will be sung by Chaz. It was written by me as I recalled the beauty of the Satyr Hill area, just north of the city, before the Baltimore beltway was put through.
To that end , Hawksnest Studios has purchased new state of the art
recording equipment. We are looking forward to some exciting new sounds
for you on CD #3. Please mail any comments to me at email@example.com
Since 1978 George has been performing with some
pf the bluegrass world's finest groups such
as The River Hill Band, Leon Morris, Dean Sapp & the great Mitch
Harrell. So you can see that George has been pickin' with some mighty fine players.
Stinky (Ed. note: another moniker for Rick),
you’ve asked me to write an article for the website, based on my
experience with the SHB. As
I put some thoughts to paper, it struck that there is a lot to the SHB
music that most listeners don’t hear.
To explain, I’ll have to go back a few years and give some
moving back home to Virginia from Austin, TX in 1994, and playing banjo
with the Grassy Knoll Boys, I was determined to find a band to play with
in DC/Balt area. For
several months I was going to as many jam sessions as I could; sometimes
7 nights a week. One night, at the Tuesday night jam in Burtonsville,
MD, I met and started picking with Jude Restivo.
He asked me if I knew “Snowball”, a fairly obscure Alan Munde
tune. I said not really,
but let’s give it a whirl. I faked it well enough for Jude to let me know they were
looking for a banjo player and ask if I would start practicing with them.
first gig was a Christmas time gig, at some fancy restaurant outside of
Baltimore, MD. It was the
birthday of a former Oriole baseball player.
Danny Curtis was picking mandolin with us then (see you on the
other side brother), Charlie was playing bass, Rick on Guitar, Jude on
fiddle, and Sippy Taylor (Liz) belted out a few tunes.
Oh yeah, I struggled my way through on banjo.
Soon after, Tom Reeves joined the band playing bass, and Charlie
moved to mandolin.
was this way until I left the band last year as I could no longer
sacrifice family and work for my passion of playing music; I wanted to
spend more time with my wife, my 2 daughters, and my career was
those years, 2 things developed that most listeners probably don’t
hear when listening to the Satyr Hill Band.
Firstly, instead of just band mates or co-workers, a brethren and
kinship developed between the 5 of us.
A net result of that, and secondly, was an understanding of each
other’s musical voice that facilitated a very tight, and unified sound
that became synonymous of the Satyr Hill Band.
far as most bands go, it is so incredibly rare for the same group of
guys to stick together for so many years.
I couldn’t have asked for a nicer situation or group of guys to
be a part of; and I think we all feel that way.
More over, the five of us are so different personality wise; it
was just a treat to get together. As
different as the cast of Seinfeld is, so are the members of SHB.
This, in my opinion, proved to be the secret equation to our
longevity. When there was
tension, we each had a different perspective to bring the band back to
providing leadership and democracy (not an un-daunting task at times);
Charlie providing an unwavering ear, professionalism, attention to
detail and taste, Tom providing an uncanny musical sense, was never
wrong and would always pull one out of the hat that would keep us
laughing for hours (ohhh dah kwest of duh d’waves); Rick’s big
voice, likeability and good nature, along with his sense of dynamics,
and me; hell, I just played banjo.
The bottom line, everyone had something to offer and it made me a
better player and more important, the band a better unit.
unit, the tight, unified sound, was not only a result of our kinship,
but was enhanced by everyone’s musical sensibility.
Being the only member in the band that doesn’t sing (well), the
vocal talent in the band was easily observed and witnessed. Here’s how songs would get introduced: someone would
simply say, hey - let’s try this one.
Having learned the song, it would get thrown out there and on the
first pass, it was a decent, passable rendition of the song, regardless
if it was a cover or an original.
grasping the concept of song was almost always a gimme.
All of our time spent practicing was spent on intros, endings,
vocal harmonies, instrumental harmonic passages, and dynamics.
The end result, after years of practicing in this environment,
was the Satyr Hill Band sound.
perhaps, is what most listeners do not hear – the dynamic nuances;
personally and musically.
have so much respect for you guys and I miss our time together.
We sure had some fun…..
a final note, I know that George is a tremendous asset to SHB, a good
friend, and a fantastic banjo player with some licks that I only wish I
had. I am thrilled that he has been able to step in as easily as he has
and that he is bringing some banjo to SHB that technically I struggled
with. Keep it real George….
that, my best to you guys. To
the fans, thank you so much for not only supporting me during my years
with SHB, but for the ongoing support of the SHB.