The Ballad of DADGAD

This song is based on an acoustic demo I recorded in 2017 called, “Extra Light.” That video got a good number of views (for one of my songs), so I figured there might be something to it. I had to re-learn it, of course, since I had totally forgotten what weird DADGAD chords I came up with for it. I added a BeatBuddy drum track to this version and came up with a bass part, as well.

I still may not be done with this song…I’m thinking of adding an electric lead or at least some flourishes using my Strat. We’ll just have to see how it sounds. ©2020 Solid Body Publishing / ascap


Are You a Gear Head?


We’re talking about musical gear, of course.  While I don’t claim to be a massive collector of vintage guitars and pedals, I have had a Gear page on this website for quite sometime.  Only recently did I start thinking of adding links to songs that feature all the various pieces of gear listed there.  It turned out to be a lot of fun hunting down specific examples of some of the pieces.  I even had to refer to recording session notes on a few of them in order to figure out which pieces of gear were used. Why don’t you check some of them out? Click here: Gear page.

Katydids and Fireflies

A light and easy instrumental guitar piece that made me think of hot summer nights of my youth spent listening to katydids and watching fireflies. It features a 2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster on lead and a 2012 Martin DC Aura Custom acoustic on two rhythm tracks. The bass track features a 2012 Rickenbacker 4003.


released July 5, 2020
Guitars: Joseph R. Ellis
Bass: Joseph R. Ellis
Drums: BeatBuddy