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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” […]

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    10 Things to Love About Peter Bolland

    They should have never asked me to write this article. I mean, what were they thinking? First off, Peter Bolland is one of my dearest friends and a trusted confidant. We also infrequently perform together in a side-project called Allied Gardens. I’ve produced and recorded two albums for his former band, the Coyote Problem, as […]

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    SCENE THROUGH THE LENS: Dan Chusid, Dennis Andersen, John Hancock, Steve Covault

    The next time you see a live band in San Diego, look around carefully. The most talented artist in the room may well not be on stage. He or she may be behind a camera. Photography is an art, seeking and capturing emotions and moments that touch us. People go to concerts not just to […]

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    Berkley’s Sound Garden: An Exploration of Jeff Berkley’s Locally Grown Music Produce

    The Seed I can’t remember where I was the first time I heard Jeff Berkley perform, but I can remember what I felt: everything. His fingers flew across the frets, his voice sank into my skin, and his lyrics stuck to my soul. It was this baptism of emotion that completely converted me to a […]