Me on the Life-Like Podcast: Life story so far

Last week I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Life-Like Podcast where I shared my life story so far.

Life-Like is a conversational interview podcast hosted by Minneapolis musician Schuyler Petersen [aka GREY(coyote)]. Cataloging conversations with interesting and prolific people (musicians, artists, activists, media moguls, etc.) from around the Twin Cities and elsewhere; the goal of this podcast is to inform, educate, entertain and hopefully bring everyone involved to a deeper understanding of the human condition.

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New Cajon Lesson app for iPad

I am delighted to announce that my new Cajon Lesson app for iPad is now available and also FREE.

The app was conceived at the NAMM Show in Nashville in July 2013 when I met John Butler, founder of Atlas Apps. Atlas are an up and coming app development company based in Denver, CO. After having a conversation at our booth about how big the cajon is getting around the world, John told me that he wanted to create a good quality Cajon Lesson app that is free to download and has a good amount of free lesson content.  We decided that we should partner up to create the app.

So after a few months of development between Atlas Apps and Paul Jennings Music, Cajon Lessons for iPad is here. We are also currently working on the iPhone and Android versions right now. I will let you know when they are also available.

Here are some screen shots:

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Download Cajon Lessons for iPad

Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves – Folsom Prison Blues

Back in July this year (2013), the day before the summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. I walked into a Wells Fargo bank to do some routine banking. After chatting with the teller and mentioning that I was in town for the NAMM show, a young, mean lookin fella shouted over to me, “Ya’ll goin to NAMM”, I said “Why yes!” After a short conversation I found out the man was not that mean at all and that his name was Christian Wolf, drummer with the fast rising Nashville based band: Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves. We agreed that we should connect at the show.

After meeting on the first day and having an impromptu cajon jam at our booth, I realized Christian was not only part of an amazing  band but also a fantastic drummer. We decided to fully endorse Christian as a Sela Cajon artist.

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves have just released this great video of their version of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. The video features Johnny and June’s own son: John Carter Cash &  Anthrax guitarist: Rob Caggiano

The Folsom Prison Blues video

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Presenting Christian Wolf with his CaSela Professional Snare Cajon at summer NAMM

I can’t wait to watch Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves soar to success in the months and years to come.

PJ

Sela Cajon on ABC News at NAMM

One of the things about Summer NAMM 2013 that we did not expect was all the great media attention we managed to attract. As well as doing interviews for Balcony TV and Drummer Cafe, we also were asked to to a live interview on ABC Morning News. This was great for us and Sela Cajon who we were representing at the show.

Here we are on ABC Morning News

Summer NAMM Show 2013

I am back home now after spending a week in one of the greatest cities in America: Nashville, TN. The reason I was there was for the Summer NAMM Show, an annual event that sees some of the worlds premier musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, & artists gather under one roof.

It was my first time at the show and as the U.S distributor for Sela Cajons, we were there to bring the word of Sela to the American market.

The NAMM staff were always there to help with what ever we needed and most people who came to our booth over the weekend were very friendly and interested in what we were showing.

We managed to gain a lot of media attention while we were there, including a spots on ABC morning news in Nashville, Balcony TV, Drummer Cafe, & Drum! This was most unexpected and added an air of excitement and exposure to the show that brought even more interest our way.

One of the coolest things that happened at the show began at the Wells Fargo bank on Music Row, Nashville. While in there I met a man by the name of Christian Wolf who is the drummer with Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves, a Nashville country band who are fast gaining some major attention.

I met Christian later that weekend at NAMM and we ended up endorsing Christian as a Sela Cajon artist. Christian is excited to use the cajon for smaller acoustic shows as well as on radio and TV appearances.

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Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves will release their new single July 30th.

We were also honored to be recorded for Balcony TV Nashville and after meeting with the shows host Crow Lee Belcher who plays with Nashville folk/rock/hip hop band IIIRD Class, we decided to sign Crow to the Sela artist roster too. What a top man!

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In the booth at NAMM with Crow

Another highlight for me was meeting Bart Elliot from Drummer Cafe. Bart asked me if I would come to his studio to record an interview for his up coming show. We spoke about everything from cajons to Shetland Sheep. It was a pleasure to hang out. Stay tuned for the episode.

I must say that having been fortunate to travel to many American cities, Nashville now sits as one of my favorite. I am sure there is an underside as there is with any place, but over all people were genuinely friendly, it was clean, had a great vibe, and there was music every where you turned. We will be back.

PJ

Jamming with Crow & Christian Wolf at NAMM

Paul at NAMM SHOW: Day 1

Summer NAMM 2013 opened in Nashville yesterday and what a day we had.

Many great people came by to see us at our booth where we were featuring the amazing Sela Kit Cajons. NAMM goers were amazed at not only the high quality of the kit, but also of  just how good the Selas sound.

It was great to meet some great fellow exhibitors like our neighbours, Pintech and ARJ Percussion who are making some very unique cajon products.

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With Bart Elliot from Drummer Cafe

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Bart from Drummer Cafe and chat to him for a while. He is a top guy and runs a fantastic drumming resource.

Tomorrow will be a big press day for us as we will be appearing on ABC Morning News in Nashville as well as on the world-wide internet TV show Balcony TV. This is so exciting for us and a great opportunity to get the word of the cajon out in America.

I must also say that it was great to finally meet the NAMM staff. Without their hard work none of this would be possible.

Okay, I must go. Another day of meeting the music industry awaits.

PJ

Summer NAMM Show 2013

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Almost 6 months ago one of the most well known cajon makers: Sela approached our company Paul Jennings Music LLC to ask if we would like to bring Sela cajons to North America. After receiving our first sample cajon from them which was a CaSela Professional Snare cajon in the Satin Nut finnish, I was totally blown away by its sound and quality.

We are now pleased to announce that we will be showcasing Sela Cajons at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, TN on the 11th – 13th of July. We will be located at booth #225 in Hall A. If you will be in attendance come and see the incredible Selas for yourself.

Here is a bit more info about why Sela make one of the most revolutionary percussion products in the world.

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The CaSela Professional Snare Cajon by Sela

The CaSela Professional Snare Cajon is a pro quality cajon which is screwed together quickly and easily. It combines Sela‘s many years of experience making cajons with highly modern production methods. This opens up entirely new visual and acoustic possibilities. The precisely finished components are “Made in Germany” and are of the highest quality.

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What makes the CaSela Professional Snare Cajon such a marketable product is that with its low production costs the Professional Quality cajon can now be offered at a lower price to the consumer. This gives the retailer a huge opportunity to sell the Selas over other professional models.

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The Snare Cajon Kit by Sela

With the Snare Cajon Kit from Sela you can build a great sounding cajon in very short time while having a lot of fun. You don‘t need to be a gifted craftsman because the precisely prefabricated parts make the assembly very easy. Each step is well documented in the included manual. After about three hours your cajon will be ready to be played on. Even if you have never built a cajon before you will have a professional instrument that sounds amazing with its deep bass and crisp snare sound and is fun to play.

This cajon is aimed at beginners but it gives you by no means a beginner sound. The Snare Cajon Kit by Sela is one of the best sounding cajons in its price range in the world.

About Sela

For more than 10 years Sela has been successfully producing extraordinary cajons of the highest quality for both amateurs and professionals. Sela are now regarded as one of the best cajon makers in the world. After years of development, Sela have produced two truly unique products. The CaSela Professional Snare Cajon and the Snare Kit Cajon.

Come meet us and try Sela Cajons for yourself in Nashville this July.

PJ