MUSIC CITY ROOTS SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW CONFIRMED OCT 28 AS ALL MUSIC STREAMS FULL ALBUM
Ted Drozdowski knows his guitars.
A veteran rock musician and road warrior who doubles as a journalist for
Guitar World and Premiere Guitar, he fills his newest album, 'Love
& Life,' with more than a dozen acoustic and electric guitars. Also
included on Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen’s ‘Love & Life’ record,
which hits stores this Friday, are a handful of custom-made axes that
are as unique as the music itself. The band plays NYC’s Shrine tomorrow
and Brooklyn’s Grand Victory on Monday as All Music is streaming all of
‘Love & Life’:
"I like to play unconventional roots music on unconventional
instruments," says Drozdowski, who has driven more than 1,000,000 miles
during his tour dates with a series of bands, including his current
project, Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen. Along the way, he's carved out a
reputation as "both an innovator and interpreter all at the same time"
Rooted in electric blues and psychedelic music, 'Love & Life'
features guitars like 'Jo Diddley,' a 1960s Eiphone Hollowbody that
Drozdowski rescued by ripping off the headstock, securing it back onto
the instrument "with industrial glue at a slight-yet-intonation-proof
angle," and removed the pickups. The resulting instrument, whose name is
a tip-of-the-hat to blues great Bo Diddley, can be heard on "Can't Be
Also along for the ride is Drozdowski's "signature model" Fender
Esquire, which features the autographs of friends, tour mates and
influences including Dick Dale, Ike Turner and Billy Gibbons. Drozdowski
customized the guitar by adding jumbo frets and a pair of late '60s Les
Paul pickups. It's heavy, like his music, and he's toured with it since
the '80s. "I've even let somebody breathe fire across the neck while I
was playing it — in Mississippi, of course," he adds.
And then there's the so-called "Lobster Pot" guitar, which was gifted to
Drozdowski by East Nashville artist Mike Windy. Again, Drozdowski
modified the guitar a bit, adding a Mexican single-coil pickup — "the
cheaper and gnarlier, the better" — and securing it with electric tape.
The result is an instrument with "a huge, cutting sound," making it the
perfect ax for Drozdowski's arsenal. It also befits Drozdowski’s time
spent in the Boston music scene before moving to Nashville.
All three of those guitars will hit the road with Ted Drozdowski’s
Scissormen this year. The band's upcoming tour includes a high-profile
performance at the Music City Roots syndicated radio broadcast in
Franklin, Tennessee October 28.
Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen Tour Dates
July 30 – New York, NY – Shrine World Music Venue
July 31 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
August 1 – Lowell, MA – The Back Page Café
August 2 – Middletown, CT – The Cypress Restaurant
August 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Grand Victory
August 9 – Nashville, TN – The Bluebird Café
August 15 – E. Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot
August 28 – Winona, MN – Broken World Records
August 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Hell’s Kitchen Brunch
September 1 – Indianapolis, IN – The Slippery Noodle
September 2 – Kansas City, MO – B.B.’s Lawnside Barbecue
September 3 – Lincoln, NE – The Zoo Bar
September 4 – Fort Collins, CO – Avogadro’s Number
September 5-6 – Denver, CO – Ziggie’s Live Music
October 28 - Nashville, TN - Music City Roots