Entries for June 2015

  • Music: Life After 40

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    I write in this corner of the Troubadour about performing and writing music. In this installment I’m divulging the dirty little secret to you about one of the most important facts about ME performing: I’m over 40. Okay, maybe my age isn’t a secret to anybody’s who’s seen me in person. Anybody taller than me […]

  • Fourth of July Festival in Escondido!

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    Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 52nd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.  This free community event features rockin’ live music by Jimmy & Enrique, Mrs. Jones’ Revenge, and the Morgan Leigh Band, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to […]

  • Unique local School to Host Benefit Concert on Encinitas Farm June 13th

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    This coming Saturday, a local farm will be transformed into a concert venue complete with local music, conscious food trucks, acro-yoga, children’s cirque performances, and a unique assortment of raffle prizes and handmade merchandise. This family-friendly event is a concert called the Village Backyard Benefit and all money raised goes to support the Village Farm […]

  • Meet the Beatophonics

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    This month we have a conversation with guitarist Soren Koch of Denmark’s Beatophonics plus a few reviews to round out the proceedings. A common complaint these days, is that the music of today isn’t like the music in the “good old days.” There isn’t anything to compare to (fill in your favorite). Of course that […]

  • Big Jon’s Summer Blues Bash Gets Real

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    Big John Atkinson is on a mission. He’s determined to bring more traditional ‘old school’ blues back to Southern California. Following the success of his Blues Harp extravaganza back in January he’s called on a few blues friends to make it happen again. Atkinson says this time he’s shining a light on the Blues Guitar […]

  • “Guitar Player” Book Signing and Lecture at DG Wills Bookstore in La Jolla

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    Editor Dara Crockett, and guitarists Craig Chaquico and Robb Lawrence will discuss their new book Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever, on Saturday at 7 P.M., 20 June 2015 at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com. After the discussion, Craig Chaquico […]

  • The Hard Part

    The making of any recording project, be it an album, EP, single, or demo, is a journey, an often protracted, sometimes arduous, but always (insert another big word here). Bottom line: it takes a lot of work if you’re gonna get it right. At the beginning is when we’re most truly engaged and focused on […]

  • NANCARROW: Simple Things

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    With Simple Things Nancarrow delivers another solid set of authentic-sounding roadhouse-ready old-school country… just the way I like it! The CD kicks off with the rousing “Sprinklers,” a song about how his father urged him to always try hard in the pursuit of his dream. It sounds simultaneously autobiographical and universal. In “15 Til 40,” […]

  • The Seven Marks of a Leader

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    Let’s talk about bad bosses — the screamers, the belittlers, the tyrants who are terrified of any challenge to their throne, burdened by emotional baggage they toil ceaselessly to foist on everyone else. Then think about the great teachers, coaches, mentors, and bosses you’ve had, the ones who got it right — kind and thoughtful […]