Highway’s Song

  • With Intrigue as its Theme, Tiki Oasis 2017 Could Turn “Diabolik”

    Espionage will play a major role in this year’s Tiki Oasis festival, the annual San Diego tribal gathering where Martin Denny melodies and rum consumption happily co-exist in a mythical Polynesian paradise. With this year’s theme being “International Intrigue—Den of Spies, “attendees may expect cloak and dagger imagery, convincing (and unconvincing) foreign accents, and the […]

  • Steve Earle and his Outlaw Ways

    Steve Earle may be the most productive throw-back in today’s country music scene. He’s not manufactured, postured, or out to make hits about gate parties and driving pickup trucks. He is a throw-back in the sense that, while he has no models in his approach to life and music, the mentors in his organic artistic […]

  • The High Life Cajun Band and the Secret History of Cajun Music in Southern California

    In my opinion, Cajun music constitutes some of the most remarkable music under the umbrella of American Roots Music. The fact that it is sung as part of a living tradition of French language that has existed in our country since its founding is pretty remarkable. That it’s accompanied by 19th-century German accordions and played […]

  • Justin Townes Earle in His Own Right

    What is it that makes Justin Townes Earle so unique? Even as he carries two names that could easily weigh him down—and maybe it has in the past, but not today. He was named after his father, Steve Earle’s mentor and friend Townes Van Zandt. His father has his own legendary career strewn with tragedy, […]

  • Dan Walsh Leads the British Invasion: Banjo Edition

    A banjo bounty How many banjo players can you name? If it’s more than two and Dan Walsh is not on the list, you should add him. Dan Walsh is poised to do for old-time banjo what Béla Fleck has done for bluegrass banjo: infuse it with influences drawn from classical and jazz to world […]

  • John Craigie: Millennial Storyteller

    There’s a grandma in South Dakota and she treats me like a star She tells me she listens to nothing but John Craigie CDs and NPR She says, “When you gonna get famous, boy, when you gonna shine?” I say, “The more famous that you get, honey, the worse songs that you write” —from the […]

  • John York and the Legacy of the Byrds

    When John York steps out on the stage he embodies the era that helped to shape and form him as a musician, an artist, and a human being. There is a grace in talking with York in this recent interview as he recalls, with candid honesty, his time in the Byrds. His year (1968) with […]

  • 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 […]

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