I told Sterling he's getting a blog dedicated to himself. This is it.
Got a gig offer last summer for a United Methodist Regional Youth Conference in Ocean City, MD for Jan 11th, 2009. I accepted and one of the next steps is letting my band know about the date. Some of you may have figured out that I'm a solo artist which means if I want a band, I hire the players. I believe in strength in community and consistency, so I've worked on finding the right sound and chemistry and have found it in Duffy, Josh and Scotty. However, sometimes they're not available because of prior commitments with other bands or a wedding: whatever. So I have to have great back-ups.
Duffy would miss his own wedding to play for me: so I've never had to even think about that. If Josh is out with Dave Barnes, Ashley Appling is a Killer drummer (check out his site: all you aspiring drummers) but I haven't had a back-up for Scotty.
Scotty tells me in September, "dude I'm out on a month long tour in January with Jessie Baylin, but there's this kid at my church who plays just like me and even kinda looks like me: I could teach him your songs, and you won't even know I'm not there." Bingo. I flew Sterling Bloomfield, who just turned 17, out to Ocean City from Yuma, Arizona (via Phoenix, Philly and Salisbury) to play a 45 minute set on Sunday morning and fly him home in time for school on Monday. He learned all the songs over Christmas break, playing every single nuance that Scotty plays, and when he arrived at the tiny Salisbury airport, his pedal board (the custom collection of pedals that creates the sounds we all enjoy from electric guitars) didn't show up! Lost in transit somewhere between Yuma and Salisbury!
After much debate on what to do (just trio? acoustic set?) Duffy gave Sterling his tuner pedal and I gave him my Delay Pedal I use on my Piano (which he'd never used before) Duffy gave him a 2 minute tutorial, and after striking one of the two amps he planned to use, we rocked the show. And he sounded amazing.
Basically he created a HD signal with rabbit ears.
He painted a colorful Monet with black and white crayons.
He ran a marathon with a peg leg. And won.
I have a back up. Sterling Bloomfield ladies and gentlemen.