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 Berlin Music Messe (2007)

Berlin Music Messe (2007)

This year's Country Music Fair held @ the Fontana Haus in Berlin featured my newly formed Festival Band. I decided to bring together a new group of musicians that would specialize on performing my new album primarily at large Festivals and Country concerts.

The rhythm section was pulled together with Tobi Zeller on drums and Gabor on standup bass. I have played with both of them before and was impressed with their chops and abilities, especially the way they handled new material and the instant groove they provided. I would like to thank Daniel T. Coates for letting Gabor join up for this gig. Tobi had done some great work for me in the past on a special video session and had just come off the road with Doug Adkins's One More Ride.

Hugo Peschel came on board because of his great peddle steel chops and his vast experience in mainstream country. Jens Kemp was suggested on fiddle by my old band mate Ralf Huebner because of his expertise in Celtic music and ability to jump into any situation quickly and with great talent. While we were putting this all together literally at the fair, Ingo Liebl, my sound engineer friend from Berlin, suggested Annette Henseler as vocalist and she mastered her harmonies in one days work in time for our showcase.

All of these great musicians performed exceptionally and knocked out the audience of industry heavyweights and promoters with their great stage presence, heartfelt playing and great attitudes and smiles. I loved playing with them and after only one short rehearsal we pulled off a great show that enhanced my contribution to the Country Fair.

Hofner guitar execs Thomas Jordan and Gisbert Merk contributed immensely as guitar techs and support. They put their exhibition stand right next to mine and the Can Can Girls to make the experience superb in every way. My team of Dagmar and Helmut Voelker were as always indispensable and totally supportive. Thanks to all.


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