Entries for December 2011

  • December 2011 Cover

    December 2011 PDF Issue

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  • San Diego Songwriters, Part 2: David Gates

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    Rancho Santa Fe musician / songwriter David Gates may be best known as the frontman for seventies superstars, Bread, but his songs have had an even wider hearing as hits a second and third times by other artists. He released his first single,” Jo Baby” in 1958, playing in bands, but going on to greater […]

  • GEORGE SADAK & FAE WIEDENHOEFT: Christmas Tapestry

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    Perhaps the most exotic Christmas album in my collection is a CD titled Christmas in Calcutta, a sitar-enhanced album given to me by an Indian musician after a riveting concert in La Jolla a few years back. My newest entry in the “Yuletide World Music” section will also be given some well-deserved spins this month. […]

  • The Golden Age of Bluegrass in San Diego

    While San Diego has a long and storied history of supporting and offering more bluegrass music than one might expect from a West Coast corner of the U.S., bordered on three sides by either desert, a foreign country, or the trackless Pacific Ocean, what we have in the early 21st century surpasses that history. Bands. […]

  • One for Andy Rooney

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    Greetings, my folkie/roots friends. Allow me once again to guide you through the impacted bowels of popular culture, a place where attention to craft and creativity and ability becomes yet one more example of an Increasingly Endangered Species. If you’re under 30, you may have been brought up to believe that music videos were dreamt […]

  • A Conversation with Ellis Paul

    Ellis Paul holds a unique place in the world of folk music. He brings the relevance, immediacy, and importance of a current topical singer with a universal heart, the vocal passion of an arena rock singer, the soul of the best R&B of the last 50 years, and the poetic insights of American literature. While […]

  • Thomas Negovan Goes Back to the Future

    It’s been said that if you look hard enough you can find just about anything at the San Diego Comic Con. While I’ve never intentionally put that theory to the test, while milling aimlessly about on the showroom floor at this past summer’s gathering I chanced upon Thomas Negovan, dressed in vintage finery, standing next […]

  • A Lady Named Mary McCaslin

    It was late in the year of 1968 and Bob Cline and Monroe Jeffery were running a coffee house in La Mesa called the Bifrost Bridge (in the old building that used to house another club with a Norse motif: The Land of Oden) and times were hard. Conrad Von Metzke, a mutual friend of […]


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    A good solo acoustic guitarist can stop time in a way that few musicians can, weaving simultaneous melodies and sound moods into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Most listeners have their favorite artists (John Fahey, Jerry Reed, Bert Jansch, and many others) who in various musical idioms combine fluid finger-picking latticework […]