Elgin Wells Newsletter

Last updated May 10, 2016

MUSIC

With album #13 complete and available on CD and MP3, I'm starting to play out more, notably at Eddie Owen Presents' Red Clay Theater and at Eddie's Attic, in Decatur, GA. We're sponsored by PRA Audio, makers of the new WiC digital wireless instrument system. The band currently includes Bill Wilson on keys and Deshone Williams on percussion.

I'm teaching private lessons on a variety of instruments with Gwinnett School of Music, including the new teaching facility at the Red Clay Theater and the School's Lilburn and Grayson locations, and teaching songwriting, arranging and music recording/production in my personal studio in Peachtree Corners. Call me to discuss lessons at 678-464-4790 or visit Gwinnett School of Music.

The CAS II "glow-in-the-dark" guitar is nearing completion, incorporating five pickups, PRA Audio WiC digital wireless system and carbon fiber components - please stay tuned... your new guitar will be available, soon!

The Muse has made me fall in love with cello (again) - used sparingly on recordings in the past, I'm working up my nerve to play it in public - having a blast with my new "dancing partner," also fitted with a PRA Audio WiC wireless system.

April 11, 2015 marked a Record Release Concert at Eddie Owen Presents' Red Clay Theater.
Joining us onstage was Emrah Kotan, virtuoso drummer, along with Bill Wilson, Deshone Williams and Doc Samuels. The new suite of songs breaks new ground, but is true to the Elgin Wells approach to musical entertainment, and will be available soon online in CD and downloadable form.

Thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out to our Elgin Wells Group Reunion Concert on January 3rd at Eddie Owen Presents' Red Clay Theater, in Duluth, GA. It was an extraordinary evening, with Bill Wilson, Deshone Williams and a special appearance by Doc Samuels. Bill surprised us with an impromptu second encore of "A Winter's Passing." A timely choice for a cold, January evening, and the standing "O" warmed all our hearts. So many of you have asked for that tune that we've posted it as a free download here: A WINTER'S PASSING

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FLYING

The new Starjammer "Bad Boy" video is finally finished! See it HERE

Based on an idea by Crew Chief Gene Timpson, the new airshow act incorporates a Starjammer trademark Ramp Dance, followed by a runway chase involving Police cars, smoke, lights and lots of music and noise... a hoot to stage and shoot, and a truly unique airshow act! Many thanks to all who helped with the project...

Michael Gallagher, writer for World Airshow News, met Elgin at Poplar Grove, IN Airport last fall for an interview and photo mission, facilitated by Poplar Grove icons Steve and Tina Thomas - the most gracious hosts, ever! Steve flew his wonderful Beech 18 as the photo ship (how incredible is THAT!), so that Mike and his handsome young son could have a world-class view/platform to shoot from. Article to follow..

In January, the Gwinnett Daily Post offered a profile of the Starjammer, after a demo at Cherokee County GA Airport.
Writer Joshua Sharpe and photographer David Welker got a private showing (well, as private as smoking, flying Christmas trees ever gets at an airport beside GA 400), about which you can see/read/watch HERE

Thanks to those talented young men!

If you'd like to see the pictures and video of Starjammer's legacy performances, click HERE.

CAS INSTRUMENTS

BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE!
Intended initially as an enhancement to Elgin's night airshows, the CAS Guitar is a custom, electric guitar outfitted with LEDs and a special pickup that lets you trigger colored lights, as you play. So many folks have demanded that we make these guitars available that.... we WILL!! Our new company is called "CAS Innovations." The name "CAS" was coined by partner Barry Smith (3DPartz), who noted that everyone who sees this amazing instrument for the first time says, "WOW! That's Cool As Sh*t!!" The name stuck, and we can't wait to make these things available. Our first product will be LED-encrusted guitars, of Elgin's original design, followed by percussion instruments that respond to what you play by glowing in the dark!