Volume 26 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - September 2011

Coming to Pennsylvania - Tickets on Sale October 1st

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 5th.  We're gonna kick it up a notch this time around and try a one nighter at a bigger (600 seat) venue.  This will be a solo acoustic show & I will also be introducing you all to a good friend of mine - Travis Meadows.   Travis is one of the BEST songwriters in Nashville and will be traveling with me to open the show at 8pm.   It's gonna be a blast!!  I hear the food is wonderful at The Bellamauro too...so come early for a good seat and a great dinner.

Tickets $10 - on sale October 1st at 11am (available online only) at www.porkm.com

Tickets $10 - on sale October 1st at 11am (available online only) at www.porkm.com

Thank You D'Addario

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to meet some of the nice folks from D'Addario Strings & Planet Waves after one of my shows in Nashville.  One of the fellows was Craig Harbauer (Director of Operations, East Coast).  After a nice conversation about music, guitars & strings, Craig gave me his business card and promised to hook me up with Tom Spaulding (Artist Relations - Nashville).  Tom contacted me shortly thereafter and hooked me up with some goodies!  Thank you Craig, Tom & the rest of the D'Addario team for your support.


Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

It's time to break out another amp for this month's "Tools of the Trade" section.  I usually gig with my acoustic guitar these days but I do still break out the electric every now and then and this is one of my favorite amps.  It's a Fender Vibro-King.  All tube, 60 watts with three 10 inch jensen speakers.  Not exactly sure what year it is but I'm guessing it's from the late 90's.  It's pretty much a "one trick pony" as far as different sounds go but what it does do, it does very well.  FAT, chunky, clean TONE!!  With 60 watts there's so much clean headroom with this amp that you can't even turn it up loud enough (without blowing your eardrums out) to get that natural "break up" distortion.  But like I said...it does the "nice clean tone" better than any amp I've ever sprayed notes out of.  Back when I was playing the blues I used to run two amps through an A-B box (one clean and one dirty) and of coarse, this was my clean amp.  My drummer friend back home (Dave Foote) use to call this amp "The King Cobra"!  

Pork McElhinny

Coming Soon - Newsletter Face Lift

I'm sure you all noticed that I changed the look of the newsletter a little this month.  I'm hoping to make some more permanent changes in the months to come.  This month I decided to change the background to black because................well....the poster for the gig in PA just looked cool that way!! 
 
And Dad.....if you're reading this... I already know that the header I made for the top of this newsletter sucks......and I also know that you're gonna tell me it sucks.    Relax....it's only temporary.   The old pig template just didn't look right with the black background. 



Volume 25 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - August 2011

Hello everyone!  This months newsletter will be short and sweet.  Just a quick photo tour & the monthly "Tools of the Trade" section. 
 
I've been staying busy booking gigs, playing gigs and planning future gigs.  As a matter of fact, I'm in the process of putting together a special show for this fall in my home state of Pennsylvania.  Stay tuned here and on my facebook page for details as they unfold. 
 
I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  It's been a hot one here in the South and I hear say it's been a hot one in the North as well. 
 
Take care, stay cool and keep on "keepin' on".
 
Pork



Photo Tour

Here's a quick photo tour of a few places I've been to recently.



Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

Back in June I told the story of a guitar I had bought a few years ago as an identical replacement to a guitar I was retiring.  Since then I have received numerous emails from people wanting to see pictures of the original guitar.  I no longer own the original guitar but managed to track it down and had the current owner take a few pictures for me.  Here are the pictures along with the original story from the June Newsletter. 

(Reprinted from my June, 2011 Newsletter)
This month I'll share my Yamaha apx8a acoustic/electric guitar with you but first let me give you the story of how and why I bought this guitar before I go into technical talk. 

Ten or so years ago when I first started playing solo acoustic gigs, I bought a Yamaha acoustic/electric guitar at Guitar Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  It was a great guitar and I loved the sound of it. 

After logging literally hundreds of gigs I had played it so much that I eventually wore a hole in the top big enough for all four fingers to fit down through.  I was never one to be bothered by a "beat up" looking guitar (acually I kinda like em' that way) but this guitar was becoming harder and harder to play with half of your fist falling through the big hole.  To remedy the problem I made a pickguard out of lexan (plexiglass) and installed it over the hole.  This solved the problem but created another by changing the sound of the guitar.  I finally came to the conclusion that it was time to find a replacement.  This is where the guitar pictured below comes into the story.
 
    After a quick search on ebay I had found an exact replacement - same make and model with the same electronics and even the same finish.  When the new guitar arrived I was disappointed to discover that although it may have been identical to my original guitar in appearance, it wasn't exact sounding enough like the old one to satisfy my ears.  It seems that I had played so many hours with the original guitar that I had become "attached" to the sound - to the point that I wasn't willing to except anything else.  Big mistake!  I had lost all confidence in any other guitar and worse yet I was losing confidence in my playing ability (with any other guitar).  Four guitars later (and no exact sound match) I finally came to the conclusion that I was searching for the impossible.  It was time to quit being a big pussy and move on.  I eventually settled with a couple guitars that I liked enough to start a new "relationship" with them. 
 
Ok...I was going to give you all the "technical talk" on this guitar now, but after reading what I have written up to this point I realized that the REAL story has already been told and it wasn't really about this guitar at all. 
 

Pork McElhinny Pork McElhinny
Pork McElhinny
Pork McElhinny


Volume 24 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - July 2011

Successful Surgery

As you all know, I had surgery last month to correct a herniated/ruptured disc in my lower back.  I'm happy to say that everything went well and I'm slowly getting back to my normal routine. 

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.  


Article in Local Variety Magazine

Here is a scanned copy of a recent article written by Antolena Kiehl for Local Variety magazine.  Antolena is doing a great job with this new magazine and I'm honored to be included inside it's pages. 


Free Hat Winners

Here are the winners to last month's free hat giveaway:
 
Melanie Annacone - Knoxville, TN
Marian Blunt - Brookville, PA
Anita Dickerson - Melbourne, FL
 
Thank you all for sending your messages.  It was fun to hear from everyone.
 


Pork McElhinny

Tools Of The Trade

I usually reserve this space to feature an instrument, amplifier or anything with a direct connection to making music for a living.  Given my recent experience with back trouble I have come to realize how important something as simple as moving your gear around (without getting hurt) can be.  I purchased this bad boy from Lowe's a couple weeks ago.  I wanted a hand dolly that would double as a cart and this one fit the bill.  I paid a little extra for an all aluminum one because...don't forget....you have to load the dolly up when all the gear is loaded.  (yeah....I'm a genius)  The folks at Lowe's not only matched Home Depot's price but also took an additional 10% off.  I'm a happy camper.

Pork McElhinny

"I'm with the band"

Pork McElhinny

Max


Volume 23 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - June 2011

Back Surgery This Month

After my best attempt to ignore the pain and numbness that I have been experiencing for months in my lower back, down my left leg and into my toes, I finally decided it was time to go see a doctor.  An MRI scan later revealed a severely herniated disc in my lower back that has been pushing up against the nerves in the spinal cord.  The Doc said that it is not going to go away on its own and if left untreated could get worse.  With that said, I am scheduled June 13th for a surgery that will remove a portion of the disc to relieve the pressure on the nerves.  I am confident with my decision to go ahead with the procedure and optimistic for a quick recovery.
 
This problem has really slowed me down this year and has been frustrating at times.  Somehow I've managed to get through the gigs I've had scheduled even if at times I felt like I was just "going through the motions".  I'm looking forward to getting fixed up so I can get back at it full force.  Hang in there with me folks...it's just a little bump in the road. :0) 


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Hello from Max


Blue XL T-Shirts only $5

I'm clearing out the remaining t-shirt inventory of this particular style.  All the black t-shirts sold out last month so get the blue ones while they last!  X-large only.


Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

This month I'll share my Yamaha apx8a acoustic/electric guitar with you but first let me give you the story of how and why I bought this guitar before I go into technical talk. 

Ten or so years ago when I first started playing solo acoustic gigs, I bought a Yamaha acoustic/electric guitar at Guitar Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  It was a great guitar and I loved the sound of it.  After logging literally hundreds of gigs I had played it so much that I eventually wore a hole in the top big enough for all four fingers to fit down through. 

I was never one to be bothered by a "beat up" looking guitar (actually I kinda like em' that way) but this guitar was becoming harder and harder to play with half of your fist falling through the big hole.  To remedy the problem I made a pickguard out of lexan (plexiglass) and installed it over the hole.  This solved the problem but created another by changing the sound of the guitar.  I finally came to the conclusion that it was time to find a replacement.  This is where the guitar pictured below comes into the story.

 
    After a quick search on ebay I had found an exact replacement - same make and model with the same electronics and even the same finish.  When the new guitar arrived I was disappointed to discover that although it may have been identical to my original guitar in appearance, it wasn't really sounding enough like the old one to satisfy my ears.  It seems that I had played so many hours with the original guitar that I had become "attached" to the sound - to the point that I wasn't willing to accept anything else.  Big mistake!  I had lost all confidence in any other guitar and worse yet I was losing confidence in my playing ability (with any other guitar).  Four guitars later (and no exact sound match) I finally came to the conclusion that I was searching for the impossible.  It was time to quit being a big pussy and move on.  I eventually settled with a couple guitars that I liked enough to start a new "relationship" with. 
 
Ok...I was going to give you all the "technical talk" on this guitar now, but after reading what I have written up to this point, I realized that the REAL story has already been told and it wasn't really about this guitar at all. 

American Strat

Volume 22 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - May 2011

Last Month @ the Hourglass - Brookville, Pa.

I want to send a big Thank You out to Bud and Tracy at The Hourglass and everyone else who attended any of the 4 sold out shows in Brookville, Pa last month.  Click here to go to my facebook page to see pictures from all four nights. 

  _____________Good Times - Good Friends_____________
Max & me on the ride back to Tennessee.

T-shirt BLOWOUT SALE !

I'm having a HUGE Clearance sale on the remaining supply of this t-shirt style.  You can choose any size you like.....as long as it's XL and any color as long as it's Blue.    Get em' while supplies last!  Only $5.00 + $1.50 S&H


New Promotional Video

Pork McElhinny Promo Video


click on picture to watch

I recently filmed a short 6 minute video to be used for promotional purposes.  The video includes live footage from one of my gigs as well as interviews and some scenes from the road.  Take a look and feel free to pass it along to your friends.


New Merch

The new hats have arrived.  Two colors to choose from.  Getcha' one today!

Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

Here's another one of my electric Geetarz.  It's a 1998 American Standard Fender Stratocaster.  It is finished in the classic three tone sunburts finish..Cooool!  This guitar (unlike most of my other guitars) is in pretty good shape.  It has a couple of dings and scratches here and there and if you look real close you will notice that I have a big Les Paul tuning key on the high E string because I somehow broke the original one off somewhere alone the way....but for the most part this guitar has never been thrown at me or anyone else as of yet.  It is what I would call "mint" condition.

American Strat

Volume 21 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - April 2011

When the clock struck 8am on March 1st, tickets went on sale for the four upcoming shows at the Hourglass in Brookville, Pa.  Before the "big hand" could make it to the two, Friday and Saturday night shows were sold out with Thursday following minutes after leaving only a few tickets left for Sunday - which didn't last much longer.
 
Once again...Thank you all for your continuing support - and I'm sorry for the fact that there were still people who did not get tickets in time.  I'm open to any suggestions you all may have to help remedy this situation.....add more shows???....bigger venue....???  Please email me your thoughts and ideas.  I'd love to hear from you.  

email me at: pork@porkm.com

New Hats

Marshall Chapman & Pork McElhinny

To everyone that has been asking.... " When ya gonna get some hats? "......They're on the way.  I should have some in time for the Hourglass shows coming up in April - so if you're gonna be there stop by the merch table and check em' out.  I will also have them available through my website soon.
 
Click on the items below to check out everything currently available through my  secure online store.


Photo Tour
 

1.  Max...riding shotgun
2.  At a gig in Logansport, Indiana
3.  16th Avenue South...better known as "Music Row".
4.  The Smoke House in Monteagle, Tennessee.  Cool place with great food.
5.  Hanging out in the hotel room before a gig in Louisiana.

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Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

Here's another classic Fender amp for you geetar players out there.  It's a 1970 Fender Vibrolux.  40 watts, all tube with two 6L6's for power tubes and 12x7's in the preamp section.  It also has the original two 10" (oxford) speakers in it.  There are two seperate channels (Normal and Vibrato) The normal channel has a bright switch, volume, treble, and bass controls while the Vibrato channel has a bright switch, volume, treble, bass and reverb controls as well as speed and intesity controls for the vibrato.  This amp was made in one of the last years before Fender changed their circut designs which would included the (ill recieved) master volume.

This is one of my favorite amps.  It has the classic Fender clean tone at lower volumes but will also break up real nice at higher volumes.  I'm a big fan of amps with 10" speakers - I believe that they seem to have a bit tighter sounding low end as oppossed to 12' speakers.  Of coarse, this is just my opinion. 

This amp was also "hot rodded" by its previous owner, but I'm not sure of what mods were made.  (Top secret stuff)

Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Volume 20 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - March 2011

 
4 Shows in Brookville, Pa. - Tickets on Sale NOW
 
To prevent overcrowding all shows will be pre-sale with limited seating. (Only 125 tickets availible per show) 
 

Show dates:

Thursday - April 7th
Friday      - April 8th
Saturday  - April 9th
Sunday    - April 10th

UPDATE: Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday are SOLD OUT


The Story Behind The Name "Pork"

Playing downtown in Nashville has giving me the opportunity to meet and talk with people from all over the world.  As one would expect, I am forever answering the question : " Why do they call you Pork?"  I'm sure some of you out there are wondering the same thing so I've decided to let you all in on the story. 
 
First let me say that I've been called "Pork" for as long as I can remember and I am totally comfortable with it.  My real name in George but to hear someone call me by my real name seems foreign to me. 
 
When I was a kid my Grandpa use to like picking on me so he started calling me Georgie Porgie.  My sister picked up on what Grandpa was calling me and soon started to do the same.  The only trouble was - when she tried to say the words "Georgie Porgie" it came out "Porky Porky".  Porky was soon shorted to "Pork" and the rest is history. 

Marshall Chapman & Pork McElhinny
Everybody called me "Pork" even way back when this photo was taken. 

Photo Tour

Everyone seemed to enjoy the photos I included in last months newsletter so I thought I would share a few more with you this month.
 
1. Me playing at Rippy's downtown Nashville with my friends Tom & Lyle.
2. Legends Corner - one of many honkytonks on the strip downtown.  I have played here many times.
3. This here is a "Big Ass Boot".
4. This is my co-pilot Max - getting settled in for a road trip.  (Max is at my feet right now as I type these words.)

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Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

Here's a pretty cool amp that I bought from a friend of mine back in Pennsylvania.  I was never a big fan of Peavey amps untill I plugged into this one.  (Thanks Denny!)  This is a Peavey Delta Blues model.  They made this model with the option of two 10 inch speakers or one 15 inch speaker - mine is the one 15" version.  The only two guitar amps that I know of with a 15" speaker is the Delta Blues and the Fender Vibroverb.  (Stevie Ray used to play through 2 Vibroverbs)  This one is covered in tweed tolex and has a cool vintage vibe.  It's plenty loud with 30 watts of all tube power (EL84's in the power section) dual channel w/ boost, treble, mid, bass and reverb controls.  You can get a nice warm clean tone with it or get as dirty as you would like by cranking the pre-amp up.  It also has a tremolo circuit that I think sounds as good as any I've heard in an amp. 
 
As far as bang for your buck goes I find it hard to beat this one.  I'm not sure if they still make this model or not but the last time I checked you could pick one up on the used market for $200-$300.  This ones not for sale.

Peavey Delta Blues Peavey Delta Blues

Volume 19 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - February 2011

4 Shows in April at The Hourglass - Brookville, PA
 
                Thursday - April 7th
                Friday      - April 8th
                Saturday  - April 9th
                Sunday    - April 10th
 
I will be returning to the Hourglass again for 4 consecutive shows in April.   As in the past, to prevent overcrowding tickets will be pre-sale with limited seating. (Only 125 tickets available per show) 
 
Mark your calenders NOW!   Tickets On Sale March 1st at 8am
 
**Get your tickets one of two ways**
 
- Online at www.porkm.com (anytime after 8am March 1st.)
- Or get your tickets in person at the Hourglass (anytime after 8am March 1st.)
 
All show times will be 7pm-10pm
Must be 21 or over
 


Thank you for your newsletter ideas

 
Your feedback and input is crucial to keeping this newsletter fresh and exciting.  Sometimes I get caught up in the mess of wearing way too many different hats trying to keep this music business thing going that I may unknowingly overlook the obvious.  If you have any ideas for the newsletter please email me - I wanna hear from you.
 
Here's a few questions to help get the creative juices flowing:
 
- How can I improve the newsletter?
- Do you have any ideas or suggestions to help make the newsletter more fun, exciting or interactive? 
- What would you like to see new or different? 
- Do you like, dislike or don't care about the "Tools of the Trade" section of the newsletter?
 
 
Do you have any ideas?  Email me now.   pork@porkm.com  I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Marshall Chapman & Pork McElhinny

Keep your beer COLD and your hands WARM
 
Click HERE to get em' while they last. 


A quick Nashville photo tour
 
I decided to share a few photos from Nashville with you all.  There are lots of cool places to check out around town and here are just a few.  Hope you enjoy them.
 
1. Jack's BBQ.  This is the BEST BBQ in town
2. This is Roberts.  I have played here every Tuesday and Wedneday for 4 years running!
3. The Ryman Auditorium.  Home of the Grand Ol' Opry and a great place to hear live music.  I've seen Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson, Keb Mo and several others here.
4. This is a "sidewalk shot" down Broadway.
5. The "Batman Building".
6.  I must admit...I've always been a big Dukes of Hazzard fan.  This is Ca....Ca....Craaaaazy Cooter's Place.  Every year they have a Dukes of Hazard reunion here and the parking lot is full of Genaral Lee's.


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Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

This is my 60's reissue Fender Stratocaster (made in Japan).  I bought this guitar brand new back in the 90's with money that I saved from recycling aluminum cans.   No...I wasn't trying to save the world by going green.....I just didn't have any damn money... but I did have access to a steady supply of aluminum cans.....and No... thats not why I didn't have any money.  Or was it??
 
Anyways....since then I've had it refretted and also installed a graphite nut and saddles in place of the originals.  I remember being afraid of changing the tone of the guitar when I was replacing the original saddles but soon forgot all about that after hearing the way it sounded with the graphite replacements.  The result was better tone and sustain as well as the ability to stay in tune better.   It still has the stock pickups which are not really that "hot" but sound ok.  I love the way the "C" shaped neck feels on this guitar.  As you can see, this guitar is pretty well worn and beat up, (like most of my guitars) but it sounds just as good as the "shiny ones" out there.

MIJ Strat

Volume 18 Pork McElhinny Newsletter - January 2011

2011 Here we come!

Nashville Honky Tonk Heroes

 
Happy New Year everyone!  I can't believe it's here already.   I'm looking forward to a fun and exciting 2011.  I plan to continue expanding my fanbase by branching out with my touring schedule again this year - so keep an eye out for me in some of my old haunts as well as some new places as well.  Things will be a little slow at first until everyone recovers from the spending spree of the holiday season, but it will soon pick up and we'll be off!


Wanna help me with the newsletter?

Marshall Chapman & Pork McElhinny

 
Your feedback and input is crucial to keeping this newsletter fresh and exciting.  Sometimes I get caught up in the mess of wearing way too many different hats trying to keep this music business thing going that I may unknowingly overlook the obvious.  If you have any ideas for the newsletter please email me - I wanna hear from you.
 
Here's a few questions to help get the creative juices flowing:
 
- How can I improve the newsletter?
- Do you have any ideas or suggestions to help make the newsletter more fun, exciting or interactive? 
- What would you like to see new or different? 
- Do you like, dislike or don't care about the "Tools of the Trade" section of the newsletter?
 
 
Do you have any ideas?  Email me now.   pork@porkm.com  I'm looking forward to hearing from you.


"Quotes & Notes"
 

You may not know it... but everyone of you has at some point, in some way or another, giving me the strength and courage to keep chasing my dreams in times when I've been unsure of myself, tired, discouraged or just plain felt like giving up.   
From time to time I recieve nice notes, quotes and words of praise and encouragement from fans, friends and club owners.  I have always enjoyed hearing and reading these and thought you all might too. So I decided to include a few in this months newsletter.

"There are very few people who can take the stage with just an acoustic guitar and their voice and come out sounding as strong as a full band. Pork McElhinny is one of them."

Jane Brown (Owner of The Bull & Whistle, Lebanon, TN.)



Caught Pork's shows on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.  One day was not enough of this guy!  He's really good, a complete entertainer.  He's a very good musician and singer, has loads of stage presence and a terrific personality.  I loved that he does the songs that he wrote as well as other star's hits.  This guy will have a bright future if he's lucky enough to be heard by the right folks at the right place at the right time. Please be sure to include him on your 2010 schedule.  You have a great bar and you really proved you can pick good talent when you picked Pork.  He's worth another trip to Nashville! 
(Email received at Roberts Western World - Nashville, TN)

Connie - Gantt, AL



Thanks, We truly enjoyed you're show.  We were all pretty impressed.  Most one man preformers have some recorded back up.  Good job.!!

Elton and Linda - Middle TN



Hi Pork, my mame is Suzy, from Melbourne, Australia.  In July of 2008 I made my first trip to Nashville & "Roberts Western World".  It was lovely to meet you & your music which I so much love.  I have been on your website to purchase your cd's, but you dont post outside the United States, which is a shame. Is there any other way to buy your music all the way here "Down Under"?  Hope to hear from you soon, all the best,

Suzy - Melbourne, Australia


Tools Of The Trade

Pork McElhinny

This month I thought I would switch it up a little and talk strings and picks.  I have people ask me all the time what kind of strings and picks I use, so here you go.  For my acoustic I use Martin M540 Phosphor Bronze gauge .012 - .054.  I get a nice bright sound with these and they seen to do a good job of holding their "new string sound."  I do have a habit of breaking the G string alot when I get to bending on it.  This set comes with a wound G string and some guys will swap it out for a plain steel string so they can bend it easier without breaking but I don't like to do that.  I always felt that the bending power a gained (by switching to plain steel string)  wasn't worth the "strumming sound" that I lost without the wound G.  I just bend the piss out of the wound G and keep lots of extras in my case.
 
For my electric I like to use D'Addario EXL 115's.  The gauges on these run .011 - .049.  I use to use .013's on my electric when I was playing more rock/blues style but now I'm playing more country "chicken picken" so I dropped down to the .011's.  They're light enough to do the bending on but heavy enough that I don't "smear" em' all over the place. 
 
Through the years I have experimented with all kinds of different styles and thickness of picks and have come to like the Dunlop tortex picks the best.   I like the feel of the Tortex material and it doesn't become as "slimy" in your hands when your sweating.  The ones I like are pretty thick (1.14mm)  I think I can get a "meatier" sound with a thick pick as opposed to a thinner on.  Everybody is different and it all comes down to what works best for your style of playing.  Keep on picking! 

CF Martin & D-Addario Strings & Dunlop Tortex Picks

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