Entries for May 2014

  • A Conversation with Wally Salem

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    This time out we have an in depth conversation with Wally Salem, head of Canadian independent label, The Beautiful Music. The label is perhaps best known for its series of tribute albums dedicated to British indie legends the Television Personalities, as well as a worldwide roster of artists that include Dot Dash and Yellow Melodies. […]

  • May 2014 Calendar

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    North County alternative rockers Trouble in the Wind’s last full-length CD, 2011’s No Work Dancing, took their rough jumble of country influences and new wave vocal inflections (lead singer Robby Gira owes a debt to two Davids: Bowie and the Talking Heads’ Byrne) to a new level with some clever arrangements and fully completed musical […]

  • Crowdfunding

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    In 1884 the committee in charge of funding the Statue of Liberty ran out of money. Joseph Pulitzer used his newspaper. the New York World, to spread the word. More than 125,000 people heard the call and donated over $100,000. Most gave less than a dollar — a small price to pay for bragging rights […]

  • The Tree Ring: Hiking Music, With Strings

    If you have lived in San Diego county for very long, you probably know the spot: just off the road that straddles Mount Laguna over 6,000 feet high, there is a vista point, pines and live oak overhead echoing the wind with a muted roar. From here you can see almost forever, past canyons, hills, […]

  • Ramona Bluegrass Festival

    The Ramona Bluegrass Festival takes off this weekend, Saturday and Sunday May 3-4. It has a great line up of 25 bands on 3 stages. The action takes place at the beautiful park and rodeo grounds at 421 Aqua Lane in Ramona. Bluegrass Etc., Hot Club of Cowtown, James Reams and the Barnstormers, and a […]

  • SHANE / HALL: Thickteeth

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    There is more than one Shane Hall in the music business, and Carlsbad singer/blues guitarist goes by Shane/Hall on his new CD Thickteeth. For the past few years on both coasts he has fronted the power trio Shane/Hall and the Diabolicals, playing original electric blues music that features his strong and soulful vocals and rhythm-dominated […]

  • Lucy Wainwright-Roche Emerges with her Own Voice

    It had to be daunting, being born into a family and given a last name that is hyphenated with Wainwright and Roche. Such is life for Lucy Wainwright Roche. Today, she carries both names well. Her pedigree lies just beneath the surface of the great quilt of American song and artists. But, she wants one […]


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      An adept flatpicking guitarist, as well as a gifted singer, Molly Tuttle is a truly remarkable young talent. Even at her very young age, she is a veteran of the stage, performing professionally at the age of 11 and releasing her first CD when she was 13. Though she is busy with performing and […]