Brandon Beavers Hard Times, blues guitar now available
October 14, 2011
Thank you for your interest in the new CD Hard Times, blues guitar . Here are a few details about the music.
i recorded it on a Martin D17 after my niece recently changed the strings. Also i used a flat pick instead of finger nails. i generally prefer not to use a pick but my nails have to be in good shape in order to tackle metal strings.
It’s been a few years since i’ve recorded any solo music on the acoustic guitar...it feels good getting back to that instrument and back to the traditional music i’ve played all my life. “Roots” , traditional, the local folk and Appalachian music; whatever YOU call it I’ve been playin’ it since my Daddy first taught me to play guitar. Some of my earliest influences were Howlin' Wolf, BB King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sun House, Johnny Winter, and Roy Buchanan. Roy Buchanan in particular made a big impression on me one night when i heard him in the seventies at Exit In in Nashville, Tn.
About the tunes...the first one, Blues Guitar is a fairly straight forward blues tune. ...it clocks at about 65bpm through out...There is a tempo modulation during one of the reiterations of the melody and shortly after the beginning there is a brief section where it appears to be a-rhythmic. This is also where thematic materials are introduced and developed somewhat. As rhythmic elements become more pronounced there is a shift to harmonic development. Chords become more frequent and complex. This builds to a descending chromatic line in the base and settles into a more tonally centered statement of the tune and a brief choral lead out.
The second piece “Ecliptic Blues” in part belongs to a series of acoustic guitar compositions i recorded in the 80’s and 90’s (the lunar and solar eclipse music for acoustic guitar) . In this case the eclipse is a blues one and derives it’s name from the way it eclipses the next piece “Hard Times”. “Ecliptic Blues” is a study in relaxation and tension with lots of harmonics and slow lush chording. These motifs reappear (or eclipse if you will) in the next piece “Hard Times” at the beginning....
“Hard Times”, the last tune on the CD, is for me the most personal and most fun to play. The version here is the basic stripped down no frills version...i tried not to let it go on too long for this “studio” version but generally when played live it last for 3 or 4 times the length. Tempo is rock steady through out (quarter = 60 i think) lots of multiple lines, complicated vertical arrays, and poly-rhythms abound.....as well as a full selection of blues riffs and licks....lots of fun all the way around.
Well i hope this gives you a few clues as to what to look for. i’d just as soon people listened to it with out worrying too much as to what’s going on. Personally i like to hear it-- it passes the multiple listening test. i hope that the more people listen to it the more they will understand it and come to like these tunes. So far i’ve had nothing but good response. For those adventuresome guitarist who would like the sheet music....they haven’t been transcribed yet.....let me know if you’d like to play them and i’ll see about rounding up some parts.
New Brew Review
June 7, 2011
Coffeehouse brew, that is. We will play at the Vienna Coffeehouse in Maryville, TN on Saturday, June 18th from 7-9 pm. The Vienna Coffeehouse is a wonderful place, and we are very excited to be returning to play there. You are cordially invited to attend.
Studio 865 You Tube clips now up
May 8, 2011
VL on TV
March 22, 2011
On Wednesday, April 6th, Vacationist League will appear on Studio 865. Studio 865 is both a television show and a radio show, hosted by Todd Steed. The show will air on Wednesday, April 6th, from 8:00-8:30 pm on WUOT-91.9FM, Comcast cable channel 194, and UTTV campus cable channel 65. Check it out.
Algorithm & Blues is Ready and Willing to be Heard
December 19, 2010
Flash music player located at the top of the page-- click play to hear songs from Algorithm & Blues, our newest musical offering.
Our "Right Beside" Series continues October 14th
October 1, 2010
Our Right Beside series continues October 14th at the Bistro at the Bijou with a performance right beside the great Richard Thompson. As always, our concert is free with an RT ticket stub, and freer without. We are putting the finishing touches on a new recording, titled Algorithm & Blues, and hope you, dear listener, can join us on Thursday, Oct 14th. The show will begin bisecting 9 and 10 bells.
Do the 2-stop
July 8, 2010
Vacationist League will complete their 2-stop World Tour tonight at the Bistro at the Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The music begins at 9 pm. (I just got back from playing in Germany, and that means that my body thinks the show starts at 3 am!) Brandon and I are rehearsing for a new recording, and will be playing both new and old classics from the songbook. You are cordially invited. Oh yeah, and the Bistro has excellent food, by the way.
Rare Vacationist League Show 5/15/2010
May 15, 2010
Vacationist League, John Tilson and Brandon Beavers, will perform on Saturday, May 15th at the Brown Cup Coffee Company in Lenoir City, Tennessee. The music will begin at 8 pm. The Brown Cup Coffee Company serves locally roasted gourmet coffee and espresso, desserts, pastries, and authentic gelato, along with live music and art exibits. ~One of the top five places to have dessert as voted in the WBIR Top Five at Five Poll! We are most appreciative to them for the opportunity to present to you our highly original, lyrical, satirical, empirical songs. Just as the tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear it makes no sound, we don't actually play this gig unless you show up. That's a lot of pressure, I realize, but you're an important person-- get used to it! The Brown Cup Coffee Company is located in front of Home Depot on Hwy 321. There is no cover charge-- we have a self-service kiosk for tips. All four of our CD's: Pleasure Map, Unjust Intonations, Feed The Kitty, and Bypassin' The Barroom will be available at the show. Bypassin' The Barroom is also available at Disc Exchange, or online here: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/VacationistLeague Brandon and I have been playing music together as Vacationist League for more than a decade, and we continue to enjoy doing this-- creating and presenting music for and to you. Hope you can join us for our next musical offering on Saturday evening. Thanks for your support. I sincerely hope you can make it. JT Saturday, May 15th, 2010 8 pm Brown Cup Coffee Company 131 Kelsey Lane Lenoir City, TN 37772 USA 865-988-7888 Price: Free
August 15th show in Oak Ridge
July 31, 2009
VL will play at Moondollars Cafe Oak Ridge on Saturday, August 15th. 8pm start time.
First Show of Summer
July 4, 2009
Vacationist League will play their first show of Summer on Saturday, July 18th at the Bistro at the Bijou. The Bistro is located downtown, adjacent to the Bijou Theatre at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Gay Street. The Bistro has excellent food; there is no cover charge; you are cordially invited.
Our new CD, Bypassin' The Barroom, will be available at the show.
New CD is Ready
February 7, 2009
"Bypassin' The Barroom" is the title of the new CD by Vacationist League. It will be released on March 4th.
November 21, 2008
VL @ the Bistro. Live disc of 9/12 performance available at the show.
Fall Show October 11, 2008
October 11, 2008
Vacationist League, John
Tilson and Brandon Beavers, will perform on Saturday, October 11, 2008
at the Bistro at the Bijou in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The
music will begin at 9 pm. The Bistro has excellent food, drinks, and
atmosphere galore-- we are most appreciative to them for the
opportunity to present to you our highly original, lyrical songs.
Just as the tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear
it makes no sound, we don't actually play this gig unless you show up.
That's a lot of pressure, I realize, but you're an important person--
get used to it!
Brandon and I have been playing music together for more than ten
years, and we continue to enjoy creating and presenting music for and
to you. Hope you can join us for another musical offering on Saturday
The Bistro at the Bijou is located on S. Gay Street, next to the
Bijou Theatre at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Gay Street.
If you are attending the Brewer's Jam on Saturday, come join us
afterward to either sober up or finish yourself off! We'll put the
taxi on speed dial.
There is no cover charge-- we have a self-service kiosk for tips--
and all three of our CD's Pleasure Map, Unjust Intonations, and Feed
The Kitty are available at the show.
Thanks for your support. I sincerely hope you can make it.
Songs by Vacationist League
September 12, 2008
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Bistro by the Bijou Friday September 12 at 9:15 pm
July 18, 2008
This Labor Day Weekend, take a Staycation with Vacationist League. Let our highly seasoned (like Jerky?) musical travail agents John Tilson and Brandon Beavers take you on a musical journey from the beginning of a song, through the middle to the ending of the same song, then from the ending of said same song to the beginning of a different song, through the middle to the ending of the same different song. Wet hair. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. The show is August 30, 2008 at the Bistro at the Bijou Theatre. You are cordially invited to attend.
Back in the Eastern Time Zone
July 7, 2008
It is good to have the y and z back in their places. V L will be back in the Bistro on Saturday, July 12, playing our Lyrical, Satirical, and Empirical music just for you. You are cordially invited to attend. The show will begin at exactly 9 pm.
VL at the Bistro 5/9
May 5, 2008
Vacationist League will play on Friday May 9, 2008 at the Bistro at the Bijou Theatre. We really enjoy playing at the Bistro. They have excellent food, great service, and ambiance galore. The show will begin at exactly 9. After all, we're Knoxville's most punctual musical ensemble.
Right around the corner...
April 14, 2008
Our next performance is on Friday, April 18, at the Bistro by the Bijou. We will begin right around 9 pm.
Coattail Riders Redux-- The Right Beside Concert Series Sidles On
February 4, 2008
On the sixth day of the third month, she will come and we will stand beside her. Ani DiFranco will play at the Bijou Theater on Thursday March 6th; Vacationist League will play right next door immediately afterward. Spandex flex is a bit of a stretch, ides minus eight is a bit obfuscate. Perhaps it would be better just to say, hey, we'll play at 9:30. Oh, and all y'all are cordially invited and such.
Our Right Beside Series Continues...
January 1, 2008
Vacationist League will play on Monday, January 21 at the Bistro by the Bijou. This is the second performance in our Coattail Riders™ concert series. We'll be riding the train of the great Richard Thompson! Our show is free with a RT ticket stub, and free-er without. You are cordially invited.
VL at the Bistro 12/8/7
December 8, 2007
We're playing right next door to the great singer and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. Hopefully, we'll be not guilty by association!
August 17, 2007
Vacationist League will be playing at the Time Warp Tea Room on Friday, September 14, 2007 @ 8 pm. Also playing is Moriah Harris, a fiddler, singer, and songwriter from Nashville.
Back to school
August 3, 2007
Math song on the music page. Title: Quadrilaterials
Would you gig without a backup?
June 26, 2007
If you've ever perused the user reviews at Harmony Central, you recognize the headline question. Imagine my surprise upon arriving at The Acoustic Coffeehouse (Johnson City) last night and discovering that I left my guitar at home! Many thanks to Jim Benelisha for the loaner guitar, and our thanks to the staff and patrons of Acoustic Coffeehouse for their enthusiastic support.
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Video of solo performance
June 20, 2007
Earlier this year, I had the great privilege to perform at the Charleston County Public Library as part of their Local Blend series. Many thanks to Kevin Crothers and the staff at the Charleston County Public Library for the invitation to play. A link to the video of the performance is on the links page.