Mig Music (Todd Sharpville's Record Label)
Peer Music (Todd Sharpville's Publishers)
The Blues Foundation (Please join the Blues Foundation and help keep the blues alive)
Music Maker (Please donate.. These folks perform the vital role of helping musicians in need)
Blindman Blues Forum (The world's most friendly blues chat-board)
Blues Revue Magazine
Living Blues Magazine
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine
Blues In Britain
All original 1957 Fender Stratocaster
All original 1972 Fender Thinline Telecaster (with humbuckers) - specifically for drop D tuning
1969 Fender Thinline Telecaster Reissue (with original 1954 telecaster single coils)
1961 Fender Stratocaster (all original)
Custom Stratocaster (combined Schecter & Fender parts; based on a 60`s strat - assembled by John Suhr)
3 Tokai "Lawsuit"Stratocasters (2 X 50`s, & 1 Rosewood neck 60`s - Todd has always been a fan of the late 70`s/early 80`s Tokai "Springysound" & "Goldstar Sound" models)
1956 Fender Custom Shop Relic Stratocaster ("Mary Kay" Reissue)
1966 Gibson ES-335
1956 Gibson VOS Gold Top Les Paul
1954 Harmony Meteor
In addition to these main gigging guitars, Todd also owns a selection of all original 1950's Fender Stratocasters & Telecasters of which he's an avid collector.
Redplate "Todd Sharpville" combo (based upon the "Blackverb")
Sovtek Mig 50 head through a custom 2 X 10
Louis Electric Custom "Duke Robillard" model
Original 1965 Fender Super Reverb (4X10)
Original 1966 Fender Super Reverb (4X10)
Fender "Tonemaster" custom shop head
2 X Fender "Tonemaster" custom shop cabs (4 X 12)
1968 Fender Twin Reverb (2 X 12) although a 1st year silverface, this amp has blackface circuits & no master volume.
EFFECTS (rarely used):
Original 1970's Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe
Todd has long endorsed GHS strings, saying: "if they were good enough for Stevie Ray then they're good enough for the rest of us!"
GHS Burnished Nickel custom 11's
GHS Burnished Nickel custom 12's
Steve Clayton "Todd Sharpville" customs
Jeff Mosby (of Myrtle Beach, SA)
Ted Crook (Swansea, Wales, UK)
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
A few years ago, I stumbled across a German chap backstage at the Moulin Blues Festival in Holland where I was performing with my band. He was a European representative of the LRBC and was suitably impressed enough by my show to kindly want to introduce me to the folks who run the cruise. At the time, I had no idea what the blues cruise was all about, so I bemusedly arrived a few months later in Fort Lauderdale as a surprise LRBC special guest, wondering what to expect of the week ahead… 8 days later as I stepped off the ship at the end of the cruise, I was glowing from the experience. That glow never vanished, and I’m proud to say that the cruise has since become a regular highlight of my life. I’ve since been a special guest on countless occasions, the first European artist to ever appear on the LRBC bill, and a regular face at the late night (or perhaps I should say all night) pro jam sessions on the boat.
Now, why do I want to tell you about the LRBC? Does Todd get a cut for finding new customers? Haha! I should be so lucky! The cruise sells out every year thanks to return cruisers needing their annual fix. The LRBC office therefore doesn’t need any extra advertising done on their behalf. The reason why I want to bring my fans in on this event is because it’s brought me such happiness & in turn, I know it will do the same for you. I’ve made life long friends on the boat, including my dear buddy & manager Dave Jones. The LRBC is headed up by the incomparable Roger Naber, who’s loyally continued the tradition of the blues cruise in honour of his business partner, George Myers who tragically died shortly after the cruise history began. The very foundations of the LRBC are therefore steeped in good karma & the ethos of friendship & loyalty. Something that you’ll discover for yourself when you book yourself a cabin & join the cruisin’ family!
What does it involve? Well, my best short description is that it’s the blues equivalent of the legendary Woodstock festival, at sea for a week in the Caribbean, on board a sumptuous 5 star ocean liner! The boat is packed with at least 20 of the world’s finest blues acts (along with countless special guests)... Each act performs numerous times that week on different stages, allowing the cruisers to witness their favourite act in the environment of their choice (large outdoor stage, indoor theatre, intimate bar gig, etc).. The real fun kicks in with the all night jam sessions; they start around 2am on the outdoor deck, hosted each night by one of the headline artists.. To cite just a handful of these artists, they include the likes of Taj Mahal, Dr John, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Little Milton (RIP), Koko Taylor (RIP), Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks, Duke Robillard, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Louis Walker, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Otis Clay, Elvin Bishop, Irma Thomas, Rod Piazza, Mavis Staples, Kenny Neal, James Harman, Curtis Salgado, etc.. These are the kind of jams where blues fans get to witness historic sessions that could never take place at the average land festival. After all, musicians are ships in the night, rubbing shoulders briefly with friends on the road before heading straight off to the next gig. There’s therefore rarely time to stop & chew the cud, let alone jam like excited teenagers! However, on the ship, we artists get an entire week to enjoy each other’s company, swap stories, inspire one another, and bond on stage in the most spiritual of ways. The fans also get the opportunity to informally befriend their musical heroes and enjoy the week long equivalent of having a backstage festival pass. They only tend to sleep an average of 2 hours a night because there’s SO MUCH frivolity to enjoy within the 24 hours a day that God allows. It doesn’t stop there though. The fans are the warmest, most welcoming bunch of folks you’re ever likely to meet. I arrived on my first cruise as a veritable stranger, yet I seemed to know most of the cruisers within my first couple of days of being there. There are no social barriers or stuffy formalities.. It’s one of the only environments where you’re ever going to witness multi millionaires joyfully partying hand in hand with minimum wage workers who’ve diligently saved up through the year for their big blow out. A true piece of heaven where everyone is part of the family regardless of nationality, age, creed, colour, social status, or appearance. When I say that you too will make lifelong friends through this scene, I honestly do mean it! Blues cruisers stay in touch, looking out for each other throughout the year. When you’re in trouble, you couldn’t ask for a better extended family.
Anyway, if you’re interested in checking it out and joining me in the beautiful Caribbean sunshine, here are the details.. Don’t forget to tell ‘em I sent you!
- Todd Sharpville
Tel: +1 816 753 7979 (International Diallers)
Tel: 888 – BLUESIN (USA Free Call)