Parlor Showcase

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    JANET BEAZLEY: Making Music in the Here and Now

    This is a story of how music has developed through time as a human art form. It expresses our deepest human feelings and gives us a window into our past, through the accumulated works of many master composers (well-known and lesser-known). Great musical works of art rely on expert composers, arrangers, and instrumentalists, but the […]

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    Nobody’s Fool: Jerry Raney Sticks to his Guns

    Say what you will about this tourist trap of a monstropolis that we collectively call San Diego: over the landscape of the last five decades there is no other musician in town that has emerged as such a quintessential by-product of this “destination location” in quite the way Jerry Raney has. In the pantheon of […]

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    Missy Andersen: Singing from the Soul

    Dateline: Memphis,TN Missy Andersen clutches a massive cup of coffee and scans the entire hotel lobby. She’s understandably anxious; in just hours the Blues Foundation will announce the winners of the 2015 Blues Music Awards. Missy is in Memphis, the home of the blues, B.B. King has said, as one of five nominees in the […]

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    Robert Cowan: Harmonica Man Remembers

    POP “Music has been an enormous part of my life, especially because of my father. I thank him because he brought the music to me,” says Robert Cowan, who will gladly recall “Pop’s” stories and his Bostonia Ballroom buddies from the old days: Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, and Hank Williams among them. Pop could sing […]


    Three Chord Justice: Fanning the Flames of Tradition

    Justice: [noun] conformity to truth, fact, or reason: correctness. All you need to write a country song is three chords and the truth. – Harlan Howard Traditional values and the evolution of consciousness make for uneasy bedfellows in the post-modern world. It’s a living/breathing contradiction, and at its best, a precarious tightrope ride. According to […]

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    GAYLE SKIDMORE: Coloring her World with Art and Music

    There are many ways to describe music, but even with a wide palette of descriptions, that wouldn’t do Gayle Skidmore’s songs justice. She is indeed a brilliant artist, a gifted tunesmith, a virtuoso musician, and more. Many consider her a singer-songwriter. True, she often performs solo, with a guitar, banjo, or keyboard, but that only […]


    JEFF AND BEATRIZ PEKAREK: Bringing a World of Music to San Diego

    “You look familiar.” Jeff Pekarek is examining me with one of those, “I think we went to high school together,” expressions. Beatriz Basile, his wife, looks up at me and wordlessly nods in agreement. I take a good gander at both of them as I wait for my Expensive-o-latte at the counter at Starbucks. As […]


    Joe Garrison: Creating Jazz Magic with his Society of Friends

    It’s a festive crowd at 98 bottles. Unusual for a Sunday, the place is packed. Every seat looks to be taken, and folks mill about the stage. Despite the size of the crowd, it seems as though everyone knows everyone else, like this is some sort of reunion. There are lots of smiles, lots of […]

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    Treading the Boards with Mike Keneally: Maestro masterstroke in 9/8 time

    In the liner notes to the 1968 Mothers of Invention album, We’re Only in It for the Money, Frank Zappa instructs all and sundry that, before checking out the ultimate track on the LP, “The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny,” go and “dig up” a copy of Franz Kafka’s short story “In the Penal Colony” […]