Full Circle

  • A Jug Band Pilgrimage in Two Parts: Clinton Davis Pays a Visit to his Old Kentucky Home

    In September of this year, San Diego’s very own folk group G Burns Jug Band was invited to Louisville, Kentucky to perform at the National Jug Band Jubilee (yes, it’s a real thing). The Festival was founded in 2005 to celebrate the southern tradition of jug blowing, which dates back at least a century to […]

  • Bob Stane Remembers the Upper Cellar and the Coffeehouse Era

    There are few promoters and club owners in folk and Americana music today who are so close to the heart of the genre and the audience; they embody music. And few love the music and the artists as much as Bob Stane. Since 1958, when he fell into the music business in order to avoid […]

  • This Is the Day: Breaking Out of Obscurity with the Inmates

    Have you heard the one about the garage band from Ocean Beach, California, who, after making one obscure 45 rpm record in 1966, disappeared off the face of the Earth, with their singular piece of plastic destined to become a prized collector’s item, fetching hundreds of English pounds amongst the Northern Soul cognoscenti in Britain? […]

  • David Wilcox Blazes New Trails on Latest Album

    As singer-songwriter David Wilcox’s most recent album, Blaze, opens with the song, “Oil Talkin’ to Ya” something real and magical happens. It’s as if an invisible hand reaches out to the listener through the haze and fog of today’s crazy media dependency and says, “Come on out and play!” In the song, “Oil” represents the […]

  • WAYNE RIKER: A Life in Music

    Wayne Riker? A national treasure. A humble, but virtuoso guitarist with a dry wit, Riker has led a multifaceted life in music. An East Coast native, he was already a veteran of more than a dozen bands when he arrived in San Diego circa 1980, immediately immersing himself in the local music community. Of course […]

  • Mike Bloomfield in San Diego

    It’s been mentioned by offhand wits that one’s younger days get hipper the more one speaks of them, an understandable response to a friend or stranger’s grand recollections about the times they’ve been near the famous, the legendary, the brilliant, the ignoble, the stylishly crude. But there’s no intention to brag that I had seen […]

  • GUY CLARK: My Favorite Memories of Him

    While the passing of Guy Clark in Nashville last month was not a shock or surprise, it nonetheless had a great impact on so many fans, friends, and musical compatriots in the world of Americana music. It is not that an era has passed with his death. For Americana artists, alt-country musicians, and singer-songwriters in […]

  • San Diego Folk Heritage: Still Folkey After All These Years

    TO PRESERVE AND PROMOTE Maybe you’ve noticed the Folk Heritage ads in every issue of the Troubadour. Maybe you’ve been to one of our concerts, or dances, or festivals, or even performed at one. In any case, I’ll bet there is more to Folk Heritage than you suspected. Knowledge is power, so read on. The […]

  • Merle Haggard: A life well-lived

    How do we say goodbye to our legends in American music? It’s a hard thing that fate asks for us to do. Especially when it’s an artist who has changed the musical landscape over the course of a six-decade career? For California country singer-songwriter, Merle Haggard, who died on April 6, on his 79th birthday, […]