Highway’s Song

  • 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 […]

  • A New Life for Tom Petty and Mudcrutch

    The first question any worthy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fan may ask about the new release, Mudcrutch 2—as well as the first 2007 eponymous album—is why have this side project for an artist and a band with little to prove? Isn’t listening to any musical project by the stringy blond-haired veteran rocker, who carries […]

  • DakhaBrakha: From Kiev to San Diego

    DakhaBrakha is an avant garde folk music quartet from the Ukraine that is making its San Diego debut as part of ArtPower’s “Global” series at UCSD. The music of this one-man/three-woman ensemble is acoustic, droning, dramatic, and distinctly eerie. Traditional vocal melodies are made to float uneasily over hand percussion, cello, and accordion, like wind […]