Highway’s Song

  • Ralph Towner: Unconcerned with Which Label Is Applied to his Music

    You’ll excuse Ralph Towner if he’s not particularly interested in debates over genres and how to define them. The guitarist, who has a solo show this month, grew up playing swing jazz on trumpet, then studied classical piano in college, discovered guitar at age 22, and studied in Vienna before moving to New York City. […]

  • John Gorka: A Songwriter’s Songwriter

    There is a warmth to the fire of songs fresh from the pen and voice of a gifted songwriter. It’s the comfort you feel sitting by the hearth’s window, while two major drought-ending storms crash through the otherwise sun-filled domain of California’s Southland. It’s the unique feeling that never fails as the embers that burn […]

  • The Soul Bond Between Lucinda Williams and Blind Willie Johnson

    At first glance singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams and legendary country-gospel blues singer Blind Willie Johnson have little in common. But, there is more that ties these two artists together than meets the eye. The works of both artists have gained the attention of today’s music industry with Grammy nominations and awards. Lucinda Williams has won three […]

  • Eric Taylor: An Unsung Hero of Americana Music

    Singer -songwriter Eric Taylor’s roots run deep in Texas soil even though he began life in Atlanta, Georgia. But, most of his life has been lived out in Houston, Texas. His first musical love was rhythm & blues. However, he wrote poetry. When he brought his poetry and music together with his acoustic blues guitar, […]

  • Look Around! Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 Celebrate 50 Years!

    In 1966, all the major players of contemporary popular music at the time were able to deliver the goods. The Beatles, about to bring their increasingly dangerous life on the road to a (for them) merciful conclusion, were able to produce in the safe confines of Abbey Road Studios, their most sophisticated LP to date: […]

  • Jesse Dayton’s The Revealer and the True Roots of Americana Music

    After hanging out around the Americana scene over the last 20 years from Nashville to Austin, with a layover or two in Los Angeles, it’s a wonder that Jesse Dayton’s name is not the kind you hear today in roots music households from coast to coast. While so much along the Americana music landscape has […]

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter’s New Release Shows What She Is Made of

    Mary Chapin Carpenter is a rare artist in the fickle and too-often pre-packaged world of popular music. She is a successful songwriter who never set out to write hit songs. But, she did. Early on she was ear-marked for the country music market place. She did remarkably well, scoring a multiple platinum hit album during […]

  • An Appreciation: Kris Kristofferson—Wide Awake and Feeing Mortal at 80

    Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson, who turned 80 last month, is known for saying “heroes happen when you need ’em.” If that is so, then I’ve needed Kristofferson—in persona, songs, stories, and poems—for the last 50 years. After writing so many tributes to great artists who have left us for that song circle in the sky, it […]

  • Jimmy Webb: A Major Player in the Summer of the Great American Songwriter

    San Diego has rolled out an exclusive bucket list of Great American songwriters for the summer. Unlike the upcoming autumn version of Coachella, starring Bob Dylan, the Stones, Paul McCartney, and others, three local shows featuring songwriters from the same hearty ’60s vintage were offered at ticket prices that didn’t force parents into depleting future […]

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