Yep, I’m at it again – have made some connections with fellow guitar-nerd McMurtry fans, which is why I’ve been turning out this series of vids. This one is from his 1995 album Where’d You Hide the Body, titled Off and Running. It’s impossible for me to pick just one very favorite song by this very favorite artist, but this one was something of a personal anthem for me in my wilderness years between the end of my first marriage and having the astonishing good fortune to meet my second wife (we just celebrated 20 years of happy marriage). Playing it on Betty, my recently acquired Guild jumbo 12 string, tuned to double drop D with capo on II for the key of E.
[PS, you can’t see it very well in the vid, but I recently picked up a new capo specifically for 12-strings made by the G7th folks, their “Newport” model. It has a sort of sawtooth profile to account for the differing diameters of the pairs of strings for the four lowest bouts, where the wound string is much thicker than its plain octave companion. Thus one need no longer mash a straight/flat capo down with enough force to do both, which pulls things out of tune in unpredictable ways. It feels totally different too, just not so much force on the capo, making for a much smoother feel – hard to articulate, but it’s unmistakeable. If you play a 12 and use a capo, you GOTTA have one of these.]