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Jamie Pressnall's Tilly and the Wall Tap Shoes | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 11:52pm in abbie leigh, clay lomneth, jamie pressnall, music, nebraska, tap shoes, the muse, tilly and the wall

This one is a toe-tapper from Tilly and the Wall. Jamie Pressnall transforms her feet into percussive instruments, and writes her parts by tapping them over and over until they're muscle-memorized.

Steve Johnson's Bagpipes | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:21am in abbie leigh, clay lomneth, music, nebraska, steve johnson, the muse

By chance, Steve Johnson's bagpipes carried "Amazing Grace" about a mile over a lake one night to HN contributor Clay Lomneth's ears. Here is the story he found.

Dave Socha's Hohner Compadre | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 3:15pm in bolzen beer band, dave socha, music, nebraska, photos, the muse, video

Don't let the beer-soaked songs about beer fool you: Bolzen Beer Band's Dave Socha is a scholar. Here, he teaches us about his Hohner Compadre and the art of the accordion.

Heather Berney's Classical Electric Guitar | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 10:55am in classical electric guitar, clay lomneth, heather berney, music, nebraska, photos, the betties, the muse, video

Heather Berney says this guitar is her most important possession, and it's no wonder. Every song she's written for The Betties can be traced back to its strings.

Kris Lager's Cigar Box Guitar | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Thu, 06/14/2012 - 10:15am in abbie leigh, cigar box guitar, clay lomneth, kris lager, photos, the muse, video

Kris Lager says he plays music to make people feel alive. With four strings and a little ingenuity, he gives life to a cigar box, too.

Gerardo Meza's House of Instruments | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 8:41am in clay lomneth, gerardo meza, mezcal brothers, music, nebraska, the muse

The Mezcal Brothers' Gerardo Meza chooses an acoustic guitar from the '50s to feature in this photo essay and video.

Laura Burhenn's Wurlitzer | The Muse

Posted by HN staff on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 10:15pm in clay lomneth, laura burhenn, music, nebraska, the muse, the mynabirds, wurlitzer

An old broken Wurlitzer bought off eBay from a man in Boston, taken to D.C. for repair and then brought to Omaha: This is the Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn and her instrument.