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.

2013 in review

2013 turned out to be probably one of the biggest years for me ever. Not only did I form a percussion distribution company, launch a new online store, but our company Paul Jennings Music also became the North American distributor for Sela Cajons, one of the world’s top cajon brands. We are continuing to build our lesson sites and have been working on PlayCajon version 2.0 which we are planning to launch in January 2014. The new site will have a lot of new content and great features. Along with all of this I managed to hit the road in the U.S and Europe with Red Hot Chilli Pipers for a bit too.

Here are some of the highlights from 2013.

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Grew a beard.

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Launched the Paul Jennings Music online store.

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Became North American distributor for Sela Cajons.

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Went to Mexico with Natalie. (Photo by Natalie Champa Jennings)

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Shaved beard off as part of A Face Project.

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Received first shipment of Sela Cajons into the U.S

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Got a new bike.

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Ran 10 miles!

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Went on more bike rides.

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Hung out with Laura Cortese.

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Sold more cajons.

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Went on epic bike trip…

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On the same day as an epic storm. Abandoned epic bike trip.

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Tried out one of these. Gave it back 🙂

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Gave the cats more boxes.

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Went to the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville.

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Got me some boots.

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Had us some fun in Nashville.

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Drove across American again.

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Went on tour with these guys.

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Played some fun shows.

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Played some nice drums.

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Did some telly.

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Rode a horse at the Willis Clan Ranch.

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Took some selfies.

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Missed connection in Detroit with Alex Kosak.

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Had to drive home.

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Got a puppy!
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ISLAY (EYE-LA) the PUPPY!

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Taught Islay the business.

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Put Islay to work for PJM.

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Went to New Orleans.

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Met up with Johnny Vidacovich for some inspiration and tuition.

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Got the cats an iPad.

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Toured Germany.

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Went to the Berlin Wall.

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Met up with Helmut Hage and Robert Zovko of Sela Cajons.

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Played some fun shows at home. (Photo by Natalie Champa Jennings)

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Celebrated 4 years of marriage.

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Prepared for 2014.

Photos from the road Sept 2013

Hey folks. After a month of awesome shows with Scottish bagpipe mega show: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, I am now home for a couple of weeks before meeting the guys on the east coast later this month.

Here are a few photos from the road so far:

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The crowd gathers at Milwaukee Irish Fest

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My rig at soundcheck

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My rig before we take the stage

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Me looking smug

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I look a bit angry here but I am just concentrating

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Amazing venue: Jacobs Amphitheatre in Cleveland

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The crowed in Milwaukee were amazing!

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The band in St Charles, IL. A great theatre

Hope you enjoyed this batch.

PJ

Touring the CaSela Pro Snare Cajon

I am sitting in Hartford’s Bradley international airport having completed a one month U.S tour with the Scottish bagpipe mega show: Red Hot Chilli Pipers. I have 6 hours before my flight home to Minneapolis so I thought I would write a bit about touring with the CaSela Professional Snare Cajon.

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Getting the CaSela Satin Nut ready for the stage. We decided to put a Sure beta 91 inside which works a treat for big and small shows alike.

Apart from how cool the CaSela looks under the lights, the sound of this cajon once it is miked up and blasting through a huge PA system is very impressive. The low end gives you a bass tone that will rival many kick drums. I love playing big festival shows and seeing the reaction of the crowd when I hit a hard, low note. You can see that they were not expecting it.

The CaSela is very responsive so it will pick up and project even the softest ghost notes. When I do my freeform solo in the show, I like to play with the dynamics and tones of the cajon, the Sela let’s you do this with ease.

Cajons can often be notorious for creating feedback, with the CaSela, because it delivers a dryer, punchy sound, it does not turn into a feed back chamber so your sound engineer will love you for it.

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The CaSela Satin Nut with my Red Hot Chilli Piper percussion rig

All-in-all the CaSela Professional Snare Cajon is a great touring cajon and will do everything you ask of it while looking lovely under the lights.

I will post some videos of the tour when I get them.

PJ.