GUITAR NOTEBOOK is a progression of moods, styles and instrumentation. The album begins with a Celtic-flavored instrumental on acoustic guitar and moves through folk music and folk-flavored acoustic jazz. It progresses to jazz-rock, rhythm and blues and rock featuring The Hevron-Nelson Band on electric guitar, bass and drums. The CD closes with a moody country blues.

GUITAR NOTEBOOK includes 4 of my original instrumentals
and was recorded both live and in studio.

The Heveron-Nelson Band
Bernie HeveronKinloch NelsonPaul Ruske

Liner Notes

Highlands — Echos of a trip I’ll never forget to the United Kingdom at the end of the 1980’s...a lingering June twilight near midnight... somewhere in the north of Scotland...my heritage...memories and sounds of crickets drifting on the wind...
(See Kinloch perform this piece live on WXXI OnStage!)

Lazin’ In My Sleep — Junior year in High School...it’s 1968, and the kid down the hall plays guitar... fingerpicks... someone has a tape recorder, and for a year or so the two of us are a band... dreaming...in the wake of Mason Williams: John Phillips of the Mamas And The Papas thinks about recording us... it never happens...

Jersey Thursday — A favorite Donovan song from those same hopeful days... unsung heroes...

Ghost Riders In The Sky — I’m six or seven years old and Vaughn Monroe sings mysteriously through the earphone of my boyhood crystal radio set...what if this really happened?

Could This Be J.T. — This J.T. was a college friend, the other guy “down the hall” with a guitar...thumbpick only, no fingerpicks...another step in the learning curve... late nights in the tunnels where the natural reverb sang... jams and plans...this, years later...

April Flowers — When the student is ready...a month before graduation the guy ‘down the hall’, a year ahead and already out in the world, is studying classical guitar with Stanley Watson, a resident phenomenon...1973...”sooner or later you will take lessons from him...” And I did...this, from that rainfall...

Song For My Father — 1979...Jonathan Swift’s in Boston... Danny Gatton and Buddy Emmonds...unbelievably fast and furious... how can anyone play like that?...fifteen years later and I’m taking a turn behind the wheel...it’s a different car... spent an hour on the phone with Horace Silver...he is delighted other people still want to record his song...

Help Me — We record the second ‘band practice’...1993...

Figure It Out — Wanna make a record?...we go to a studio and promptly fill up 14 out of 16 tracks...I get bogged down composing the solo and all the fills...months pass and I buy an 8-track tape recorder... do it yourself at home becomes a tutorial...but I like how it turns out...

thanks Danny...

99 Year Blues — Live...audience noise somehow a spooky background to this weird story set in some nameless disjointed time... a guy in the crowd...he has a beer...takes notice of the band: three guys on stage...guitar, a bass, drums... he yells Hendrix! Hendrix!... and I wonder if he is listening..............................


  1. Highlands [Video]
  2. Lazin’ In My Sleep
  3. Jersey Thursday [Listen on MySpace.com]
  4. Ghost Riders in the Sky [MP3] [Real Audio]
  5. Could This Be J. T.
  6. April Flowers
  7. Song for my Father
  8. Help Me
  9. Figure It Out
  10. 99 Year Blues

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