Entries for February 2013

  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Jeffrey Joe

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    Jeffrey Joe, San Diego’s beloved balladeer, is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve. As his Facebook friends all know, he is an open, well, book. But there may just be a few things you don’t know about Jeffrey Joe… 1. I’m a little bit Great Lakes Native American. Gimme Five. 2. I believe in one […]

  • 5 Things You May Not Know about Bart Mendoza

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    A beloved member of the San Diego music community, Bart Mendoza has been lending his talents as musician, journalist and friend. Here are five things you may not know about Bart: 1. I was originally the drummer in the group of school kids that became Manual Scan. 2. I’ve actually driven a car — twice. […]

  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Megan Carchman

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    She’ll play just about any instrument you hand her, and it seems like she’s been a member of just about every band in San Diego. Megan Carchman has been a staple of the San Diego music community for many years, and while we may not have her for long (she’s planning to grace Nashville with […]

  • Gone Clubbing

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    I hate clubbing. I hate large crowds, cover charges, sticky floors, skintight dresses, cologne overkill, loud trance music, a-hole bartenders, watered-down drinks, and worst of all, the dreaded bathroom attendants. Don’t get me wrong- I do enjoy spending time with friends, listening to music, dancing, and drinking, but there is nothing about “clubbing”  that appeals to […]

  • JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE: Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me

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    Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle — son of Steve Earle and namesake of Townes Van Zandt — has a lot of tradition to live up to. And at the tender age of 31, he is busy creating his own eclectic musical legacy. Since his debut EP, Yuma, was released in 2007, Earle has recorded four albums […]

  • John Gorka and the Holiness of the Song

    About half way through this interview with veteran singer-songwriter John Gorka, a clear image started to emerge. For centuries holiness has been kept behind the walls of monasteries where the monks’ primary vocation is to hold the world outside in prayer through direct communication with the divine. There’s a sense, when talking with Gorka, that […]

  • MUDGRASS: Just That Way

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    Sometimes the best measure of good country-rock music is how much fun it is to listen to, rather than whether it is necessarily great art. Mudgrass is a local trio who were formerly members of Shoestring Strap, a roots band that released two discs of music with songs like “If Jesus was Whiskey.” The lineup […]


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    The cover art photo on Favorites by the Charles Burton Blues Band features the San Diego guitarist/vocalist and his rhythm section walking, with distinctively Scandinavian buildings in the background. Appropriate, since the blues veteran has split his time cultivating a following in Europe as well as locally. Plus, after several disc releases with various backing […]

  • That Really Resonates with Me…

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    Hello Troubadourians! Last month I wrote, “I’ll figure out a way to explain resonance without your having to have a physics degree.” Let’s see if I’m successful. Every system has a resonant frequency, which is to say a frequency at which a system will oscillate at maximum amplitude with minimum external energy applied to the […]