CD Reviews

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 […]

Veronica May


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 […]

Michael Philip Reed

Medium Fidelity

Michael Philip Reed is a young one-man-band, studio savant who has combined computer tech and musical talent to make his own unique brand of contemporary pop on his own terms. He plays all types and manners of guitars, keyboards, and percussion, and was one of the reasons for the razor-sharp sound on the early albums […]

Michael Tiernan

Love and a Gun

Michael Tiernan has established himself as a gifted pop singer/songwriter, whose prolific music encompasses multiple genres, while bearing his distinct brand. With a well-earned reputation as a creator of upbeat and good-time songs, on 2014’s Inside Your Head, he spent nearly half of the CD on songs with darker themes like violence and the internal […]

The Ordeal

Life, Love, the End

It’s ten in the morning on a Sunday, a light breeze in the air. The sun is a daffodil in the sky, and you’re pulling onto the 8 West in your car with the windows down and an ice chest full of cold Coronas on the back seat. You’re headed to Ocean Beach for a […]