CD Reviews

Doug Schmude

Ghosts of the Main Drag

Orange County’s Doug Schmude started out in New Orleans and the Midwest, then detoured to Nashville to work in an acoustic duo. Adding his name to the burgeoning Americana singer/songwriter roster, he has released four independent CDs since 2000, including his newest, Ghosts of the Main Drag. He’s another of the artists that plays anything […]

Don Strandberg

The Trees They Do Grow High

Don Strandberg performs ancient English and Celtic songs. A veteran of San Diego’s coffeehouse scene, he sings and also plays fingerstyle guitar. Fans will be pleased to learn that he has just added to his output of CDs with The Trees They Do Grow High. This collection of nine instrumental arrangements of traditional British songs—as […]

The Shadowdogs


The Shadowdogs are rocking alt-country band that started out in 1998, put out a CD in 2003, Somewhere South of the Clef, that snagged an SDMA award. The front man, multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter is Bruce Fitzsimmons, and the band also includes a basic core quartet, including bassist/ co-lead vocalist Jon Scarantino, Dan Lehner on […]

Gregory Page

So It Goes

It’s an often told tale that young Gregory Page, having no interest in academics or a future in business, developed a fascination with his grandfather’s 78 rpm records. It’s a quirky tidbit, hardly worth the mention for the more conventional lives of lawyers, clerks, and cashiers, but it merits attention in discussing the intriguing Mr. […]

Peter Sprague & Rebecca Jade

Planet Cole Porter

For the songwriters of the great American Songbook—among them Lerner and Lowe, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and particularly in the case of brothers George and Ira Gershwin—the adjective genius is not a misused appellation. Yet even among these great talents, the music of Cole Porter stands apart. His pitch perfect marrying of lively and […]

Lisa Sanders

Essential CD

Time sure flies. Clear evidence: Lisa Sanders, one the treasures of San Diego’s roots music scene, has released a CD to mark 20 years since her breakthrough with the release of her 1996 album, Isn’t Life Fine. The new disc is a career retrospective with many of the highlights from her six other releases, through […]

Gayle Skidmore

The Golden West

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 […]

Jeff Berkley

Whorehouse, Hot Sauce & Souvenirs

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 […]

Shawn Rohlf

Country Mouse City Mouse

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 […]