Here is a list of some of our friends. We have used the services of some of these companies and some of these folks have used our services. And some are just good companies/people with whom to deal.
Musical Instrument Dealers:
Guitar Works, LTD – A great group of people selling and servicing a wide variety of quality instruments. I was a repairman for Terry Straker for six years. I highly recommend them.
Make’n Music – Only the finest instruments and amplifiers can be found at Make’n Music. Their small staff are knowledgeable and their inventory of boutique amplifiers and guitars will knock your socks off.
Hogeye Music – A fine shop in Evanston, IL and a great resource to find what you’re looking for.
Acoustic Vibes – Arizona’s premier spot for high-end acoustics, whether banjo, guitar or mandolin.
The Folk Shop – Tucson’s home for great banjos and unusual finds.
Denver Folklore Center – a great shop in the Denver area. A small inventory but good, resourcefull people
Conetone Pickups and Resovolt Guitars – made by Steve Olson in Michigan. The best way to electrify your reso playing!
Musicians: Most of the names on this list were friends, cohorts or customers during my career in Chicago. I hope to meet people as nice as these in my new shop in Scottsdale.
Robbie Fulks – The King of Alt Country and a great Bluegrass picker as well. Robbie can make anything sound great.
Don Stiernberg – Don is at the pinnacle of the mandolin heap. His playing is smooth and full of creativity.
Dennis Cahill – The man who reinvented Irish guitar. He can often be found playing with Martin Hayes. Dennis is smoother than good Whiskey.
Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater – Not only a great blues musician, but a genuinely nice guy as well.
Noam Pikelny – The hardest working banjo player in show business, Noam can be found wandering the stratosphere with the Punch Brothers, fronting his own projects or being called in for an extra wallop of creativity for another artist. His range is staggering.
Steve Rosen – A well respected all-around musician and human being, Steve can take you deep into old-time music, through a Bluegrass stomp or help you shed a tear in your beer with old country songs. A master on the banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle with a voice to match.
The Hard Times Bluegrass Band – I know and have played with three of the members, in some of their smaller gigs. Chris Walz, Keith Baumann and Marc Edelstein. All former members of the Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and all incredible musicians and good people.
Henhouse Prowlers – Picked in a band called The Tacit Hounds with Ben Wright when I lived in Chicago. This band is on its way up.
Eric Ramsey – A local guy, he plays a variety of musical styles. Look for him around the Phoenix area and, lately, on the road as far away as Vermont.
Simon PC Frost A Phoenix musician playing a variety of styles with taste and talent.
Cattle Track Arts Compound Residents:
Mark McDowell – Artist. A member of the Cattle Track Arts Compound community. He creates really interesting artwork and he’s a great guy.
Santo Press – Brent Bond is an Artist, Publisher and Master Printer among many other talents.
Mark Hendrickson – a fine photographer. Mark was kind enough to shoot some of the product photos on this site. If you need a true professional call Mark.
Mathew Magee – Matt’s creativity can’t be contained within any one medium.
Carl Shultz – another excellent photographer at the Cattle Track Compound. Carl is in high demand and can often be found heading out to another shoot.
Cattle Track Pottery – Mary Van Dusen is a fine person and equally talented potter. She makes functional pottery that will still make you smile, especially if you like teardrop trailers.