Entries for May 2017

  • Doktor Dave Sawyer Enriched San Diego’s Music Coverage

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    Dave Sawyer— given the musical moniker “Doktor” by no less than [the late] Hot Rod Harris—is leaving San Diego for the sometimes greener, sometimes whiter, and occasionally brilliant-with-color pastures of northern Idaho. Family is a powerful force, and Dave has the kind of heart that responds most strongly to sympathetic vibrations— and so he is […]

  • Guitar Workshop Plus: A Great Way to Improve Your Chops

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    Any musicians out there looking to hone their craft will want to check out Guitar Workshop Plus, taking place on the campus of California State University San Marcos from June 18 -23. The music camp is an immersive experience, with classes and seminars open to students of all ages and skill levels, in any style […]

  • GAYLE SKIDMORE: The Golden West

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    Gayle Skidmore has no shortage of dogged determination and passion for her craft as she continues her musical sojourn as a live performer and recording artist. Her latest CD, The Golden West, is testament to the high bar she sets for herself in each of her recording projects; case in point, a year and a […]

  • TECHNICOLOR DREAMS IN BLACK AND WHITE REALISM: San Francisco in the Sixties

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    Renaissance (as defined by Merriam-Webster): rebirth, revival; a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity. Revolution (as defined by Merriam-Webster): the action by a celestial body of going round in an orbit or elliptical course; a sudden, radical, or complete change in political organization, especially the overthrow or renunciation of one government or […]

  • JEFF BERKLEY: Whorehouse, Hot Sauce & Souvenirs

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    During his high-profile career with musical partner Calman Hart, Jeff Berkley has released ten albums since the Berkley Hart debut in 2000. With Hart and on his own, he has developed a growing strength as a songwriter and storyteller—of poignant personal still lives, growling country rockers, and slices of gospel. On the music side, Berkley […]

  • Strawberry Fields for 50 Years

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    My memory has been a remarkable friend for as long as I can remember, which is a remarkably long time. But the price I must pay for that friendship is quite dear: when it brings up bad actions I have committed and horrible choices I have made, I must vividly experience them once again and […]

  • IBMA Awards Balloting

    Every year the International Bluegrass Music Association, the “mother ship” of bluegrass music, holds the equivalent of the bluegrass Grammys. All IBMA members are qualified to vote to pick the best of the best. Awards are given in a number of categories, including on each of the bluegrass instruments (fiddle, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and […]

  • SHAWN ROHLF: Country Mouse City Mouse

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    Country Mouse, City Mouse is the new CD from Shawn P Rohlf. The veteran of the local Americana scene for two decades has been fronting his Seventh Day Buskers at the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market and elsewhere, playing as a solo and with other aggregations, including recently with Jeff Berkley and Tim Flannery. Rohlf’s music is […]

  • VERONICA MAY: Awakened

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    In order to get the most out of Veronica May’s new solo album, and this review, please read the excellent cover feature in last month’s Troubadour, a few clicks away online. She has been a veteran of the local Americana scene for a decade, much of the time as a member of the Lovebirds with […]

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