Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers

This is me.  My name is Arthur Hatton.

I’m posing with my newest toy – I’ve worked at a guitar shop since 2006 but have only now been able to take home a beautiful, prized possession:  a Martin SWDGT with a Fishman pickup that I installed.  I’m standing next to a painting that I did recently that was inspired by a song by John Wesley (the one who plays for Porcupine Tree) that I have decided to put on the cover of the album I’m currently recording.

I am scheduling this post to go up on June 28th, 2011, which is exactly three years and a day after the very first post of Linescratchers went up.  I have told a little bit of my story to my contributors, and one of them mentioned that it might be interesting and useful to tell the story so far to our readership.  Some of you have only recently discovered Linescratchers.  Just a few of you – and you know who you are – have been with me since the very beginning.  Our contributor Charles has eloquently explained why keeping records is important, so in that spirit, I’d like to tell you the story of Linescratchers from the beginning, complete with the controversial and the embarrassing details that make these things bearable to read.  Hopefully it will give you an idea of what Linescratchers is for, why I started it, and where I want it to go in the future.  Please forgive the long exposition on myself, but it should give you some context. Continue reading “Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers”

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Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers

Interview – Michael Dowdle

ConvergenceMichael Dowdle’s bio is the musical equivalent of the resume of a CEO. He has played rock, jazz, classical, country, and everything in-between. On my mission, we were only allowed to listen to hymns or the Tabernacle Choir. His album 50 Favorite Hymns was a lifesaver. Adding to his vast musical repertoire, Michael is releasing a new rock/fusion album called Convergence.

con·verge/kənˈvərj/Verb
1. (of several people or things) Come together from different directions so as eventually to meet.

His album represents the Convergence of thirty-one years of experience into 49 minutes of pure guitar pleasure. This isn’t a record filled with mindless runs and flashy guitar licks. Each track has its own unique sound and yet all are brilliantly cohesive and melodic tunes. Don’t get me wrong. There is plenty of lightning-fast playing to satisfy your inner shredder, but all is woven into the fabric of some very tasteful compositions.

These are the questions the guitar geek in me wanted to ask Michael. Continue reading “Interview – Michael Dowdle”

Interview – Michael Dowdle

Grand Opening: The Linescratchers Network!

Hi everyone!  So a few weeks ago I mentioned that we were working on a secret project at Linescratchers that would involve many blogs and bloggers all over the LDS music world.  Well, it’s time to announce our grand opening of The Linescratchers Network!

Linescratchers.com isn’t going away of course.  We still have plenty of cool interviews, featured artists, and music reviews right here at Linescratchers for you.  However, our fearless Web Administration Wizard, Tim, has put in countless hours of coding (not to mention lots of little picky suggestions from our Staff) to create an entirely new website.  It’s a way of connecting LDS musicians with their fans, and vice versa.

At The Linescratchers Network you’ll see an updating list of blog posts from all over, as well as Twitter and Facebook updates from our featured LDS artists.  You’ll also see an iTunes playlist on the right that will allow you to sample and purchase selected music from our featured artists.  You’ll notice a Featured Video that gets updated semi-regularly.  Lastly, you’ll see cool blog updates from venues (where Linescratchers play), our friends at some fellow Mormon arts blogs, and some other random links that we think you’ll find funny/cool/interesting.

So what are you waiting for? CHECK IT OUT! Make it your home page!  Come back every day to see what’s been updated!  Interact with cool musicians who blog!  Get introduced to new music written by Latter-day Saints!

A permanent link to the network will always be available here at Linescratchers.com.  It’s the “Network” tab on the top of this page.  Last but not least, it’s still in the beta stage of development, so if you have any reasonable suggestions/comments/concerns, please email me at arthur@linescratchers.com and we’ll see what we can do!

Grand Opening: The Linescratchers Network!

Jon Huntsman, Jr.: Linescratcher for President!

Special Note: Linescratchers is officially politically-neutral. However, this was too good for us to pass up. The opinions expressed by Arthur in this article are not necessarily the opinions of the rest of the Linescratchers Staff or contributors. They’re just the opinions of Arthur.

Well, it’s almost official: Jon Huntsman, Jr. is running for President.  Almost definitely.

Now, I’ve been burned before by candidates who started with promise and ended up massive disappointments (I know you’re all thinking of Woodrow Wilson), but I happen to like Jon Huntsman.  And while other blogs all over the Internet have been buzzing about him, what makes this blog any different?  Because Huntsman is a Linescratcher! Continue reading “Jon Huntsman, Jr.: Linescratcher for President!”

Jon Huntsman, Jr.: Linescratcher for President!

Clay Summers

Sometimes you go to a show and you can tell that the band playing is having a good time. Clay Summers goes beyond that. You can tell that he loves to be up on stage and he wants to play music for you.

Clay started playing the guitar when he was nine and played in many bands throughout his high school career.  It wasn’t until he left high school that he dedicated himself to his solo career.  Since then he has recorded a CD in Logan and has played in many venues in Utah and Rexburg. Continue reading “Clay Summers”

Clay Summers

Interview – Dorian Mirth

Over the past two years, I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental medieval music. Or, I should say, the modern interpretations of it.  Several aspects of it attract me, especially the timbre of the instruments.  I love the smoothness of the recorder and the fuzz of the hurdy-gurdy.  The melodies have a pleasing purity that never fails to inspire me.

The appeal of such music to modern audiences comes as no surprise.  To start, there is the visual attraction of exotic instruments and the costuming of conscientious performers who care enough to dress up.  But at its root, much of the music is ultimately folk music, sharing the same basic sociology that has driven subsequent vernacular forms such as jazz and rock.  The Salt Lake-based ensemble Dorian Mirth (formerly Vis Sit Tecum Musicorum) exemplifies this populist spirit.  This self-described “Renaissance garage band” has been playing together since 2000 and performed at TheOneRing.net’s 2003 and 2004 Oscar parties in Hollywood.  You can see pictures of Dorian Mirth wearing smashing costumes and getting cozy with movie stars and buy their album Pluck, Rattle and Blow (which reminds me somewhat of Atrium Musicae’s classic Musique Arabo-Andalouse) at their website: http://dorianmirth.com/

I discovered Dorian Mirth through Gina Strack (Webmistress, Publicity, Recorders, Percussion), who is a professional colleague of mine.  She and two other members, Rachel and Melonie, graciously agreed to answer some questions about the group (regrettably, their director Kierstin was unable to take part).  They cover diverse topics such as recording, performing, and web development. Oh, and where you can buy a crumhorn.

Continue reading “Interview – Dorian Mirth”

Interview – Dorian Mirth

Podcast – June 2nd, 2011

New podcast, featuring an interview with Young Sim, rapper and president of the Feel Good Music Coalition, and also exclusive content from his new album Audio Diary.

“I Haven’t Felt This Way In Days” – Haun’s Mill
Exclusive tracks from Audio DiaryYoung Sim
“Retrograde” – Calm Paradox

For more information about Young Sim or the stories behind Feel Good Music Coalition, please visit their WEBSITE.

Podcast – June 2nd, 2011