Brent Doerner’s Decibel Working On “The Ashtray Sonatas”


November 11, 2007

Well now, we are really excited about going ahead with our 2nd cd – “The Ashtray Sonatas”. We are going through a learning curve – high tech wise – to get started. We start this week. Shane, Chick and I have 17 songs ready to go – but we’ll probably only record 10 or 12 tunes.

New titles include “A Fabulous Tangle”, “Alone Again, Face to Face”, “Get Your Game On”, “The Sting I Need”, and “All the Time, All the Action”. “Decibel City Hall” (another new tune) is rated a 5 out of 5 on Please visit us there and VOTE for US!

Also – I had entered Decibel in “The Bodog Battle of the Bands contest with $1,000,000,000.00 up for grabs, and we were picked to audition!! Unfortunately, my twin brother – Brian, suffered a heart attack on Oct. 5th and we had to decline – as I thought it was wrong to go into an important gig without my bro on drums. Next year I guess? Brian Doerner had heart surgery to repair a blocked artery. He was home from the hospital a few days later is now doing OK. A dietary change is in order for him, and me too I guess. We were picked on the strength of one song – “Alone Again, Face to Face” – as all participating bands are only allowed to post one song for this contest. It was very encouraging all the same.

Changing gears, over to – Rob Bursey – a guy who has been quietly in the back ground working with us – AGAIN – thanks to Brian Vollmer of Helix. I wanted to mention Rob here as he continues to “feed the fire”. Thanks Rob! You can find Rob at, and his handle is Celtic Bob!

Also, the Decibel gang were invited on ‘Celebrity Night’ to the Tapping of the Keg – opening the Oktoberfest festivities here in Decibel City (Kitchener). The press and TV people were out in full force for plenty of beer drinking and cheer. We ran into Angie Hill of 105.3 Kool-FM who always gives us her full support – thanks Angie!

Lastly – and not so important – I’ve included a photo of my new killin’ machine – a Gretsch Sparkle Jet – a guitar I’ve wanted for years. It’s actually a hollow body guitar. It has a mahogany body and neck, a maple top, and an ebony finger board. And it’s beautiful. It is a remake of the 1957 they made back then. Gretsch has been building guitars since 1888! That’s about 80 years before Fender or Gibson. Listen for it on our next cd.

Brent Doerner

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