Motherlode Of Obscure George Barnes Recordings

TK Smith

A few days ago I was searching the internet to see if I could find any Western Swing podcasts or radio shows to listen to in the shop. Don’t ask me how but I stumbled upon a bunch of great George Barnes recordings on Mixcloud posted by Atsushi Yoshida. There’s so much great music in his Mixcloud profile that I’ve never heard before including some amazing 1957 recordings by Joe Venuti and The Blue Five with GB on guitar!

I didn’t even know Mixcloud existed a few weeks ago so I’m feeling a bit out of touch, it seems a lot of this stuff was posted a few years ago. I thought I’d share the link to Atsushi’s Mixcloud profile here:

Vintage Advertisement T-Shirt

TK Smith

I’ve always loved the old black and white classified ads in the back of vintage magazines. So when we decided to make a new t-shirt design for spring/summer, that was the inspiration. Available in the Store now. This one comes in Black or Navy and includes XXL for the first time.

TK Smith

Jim Heath’s Custom Special

TK Smith Custom Guitar

Two years ago long time friend, Jim Heath, contacted me about a custom guitar. We went back and forth a few times and here’s what I came up with. A 24.75″ scale, neck through, 7lbs. 13oz. semi hollow body. Man, I love building these things!

TK Smith

TK Smith

TK Smith

TK Smith

A Forgotten Art – Letter Writing

TK Smith

From time to time, MB Wilson, founder of Embie Concepts, sends me the most interesting items from the past.  Last week, I received this letter written by Bob McKeehan, radio station KCNA disk jockey, in Tucson, AZ.  It was written to Slick Norris, who according to Billboard Nov. 12, 1955, was singer Jimmy Newmans manager.

Dated, March 25, 1955, there’s not an address number to be found on either the “to” or “from” address; simpler times indeed.

It kind of makes me wonder whether the daily social media updates and instant world news is better, or an annual letter and a weekly newspaper might have been the best, less detracting way to go? Thanks MB!

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