Thanks for a wonderful evening Jay!…and the honor of playing one of your fine Handcrafted Jems… As a lifelong woodworker and cabinetmaker,I had a critical eye on your instruments and found them to be flawless pieces of craftsmanship. The real treasure was in the sound though! I loved the deep sweet tone of the Cocobolo Guitar that I was privileged enough to play and the ease with which it played. Best Wishes for your continued success as a Luthier and musician. – Dale Rucker
Many years ago Dale Rucker invited Jay to join him in the recording studio. As they recall it, that recording session was one of those awe-inspiring moments when everything flowed and the music they played was beyond belief. With that memory in hand, they came back together, along with Doug Dacey for the Guitarist in the Round Concert. Incredible evening of music!
Dale is an amazing guitarist and he played many original tunes, each having the power to take you with them note by note.
Thank you Dale!
Here is a sample:
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In addition to being such a talented musician, Dale takes his work as a cabinet-maker to the level of fine art. He is highly regarded in our area as a master craftsman whose work has transformed many homes.