Bermuda Blue by Jim Kozel

IMG_3536I wrote Bermuda Blue while staying at Grape Bay Cottages in Bermuda, June of 2014.  Sitting in the living room with all the windows open and the sound of the surf breaking just yards away inspired this piece.

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1935 Gibson A-style mandolin restoration

This 1935 Gibson mandolin was left in the garage in its cardboard case for many years.  The owner had played it for his wife when they were much younger.  Here’s the story of how it was restored…

A new double neck design for Gabe Marin

Gabe Marin of Consider the Source visited my shop over the holidays to discuss the design of his next double neck guitar, the Elsa II.  I built the Elsa I (see pic) for Gabe in 2003.  It’s been his only stage guitar for the last 13 years.  Here’s a video of Gabe putting the Elsa I through her paces at The Beachland Ballroom in 2015.

Goin’ South by Jim Kozel (live video)

Recorded live at The Patio in November 2015, Goin’ South is the title track to my new CD “Goin’ South”

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Jim Kozel with Kathy Lynn at The Barking Spider Tavern ~ January 12, 2016

Kathy and I will be celebrating a double CD release at The Barking Spider Tavern this coming Tuesday, January 12 from 7- 9pm.  My latest CD’s, Goin’ South and The Stories I Tell will be available and the set list for the evening will be the 22 songs represented on both CD’s.  They span nearly a lifetime of writing, almost 50 years!

Jim Kozel with Kathy Lynn at Euclid City Limits ~ January 15th

Well, it’s going to be something of a birthday celebration at Euclid City Limits on Friday, January 15th since I’ll be turning another year older on the 16th.  Come on out and watch me age before your eyes while I share a half century of musical stories for your enjoyment from 8 – 9:30pm.  Paul Penfield and Steve Mramor will open.

About Jim Kozel …

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I’m Jim Kozel, Cleveland-based luthier, guitarist, songwriter and teacher.  Music is the heart and soul of my life.  I have been performing my musical stories for well over half a century;  setting up, repairing and building instruments for nearly that long.  Your instrument needs to fit you like a comfortable old pair of jeans.  I approach every repair, setup or commission with that in mind. This website was created as a BLOG space so you can leave comments and ask questions. 

Musically yours ~ Jim Kozel