Entries for August 2013

  • Local Favorite Makes Good in Austin, Texas

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    Austin, Texas has dubbed itself the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and in light of the numerous festivals it hosts (Austin City Limits, South by Southwest (or SXSW), Old Settlers, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others), and the plethora of live music venues throughout the city, who can disagree? Not Barbara Nesbitt, a diminutive, […]

  • Kensington Video: Where There’s Film, There’s Family

    San Diego’s contributions to the film industry date back almost 120 years, to a time when the future Hollywood was just a collection of cantinas and horse ranches. In the 1890s, Thomas Edison chose San Diego as one of his first locations to test out his new invention: the movie camera. The result was some […]


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    Girl in the Middle has released a debut CD, Requiem, and the alternative-rock disc shows a band that seems to be in a state of flux. The 8-track disc features core members Carol Rider, who plays lead guitar, sings, writes the melodies and shares in the lyric writing with drummer Gregg Henning, and Dany Musser, […]

  • MICHAEL J. DWYER: As Real as It Gets

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    As Real As It Gets, the latest release from Michael J. Dwyer, is a 12-track journey through the hard realities that life tends to present. With driving, Petty-meets-Floyd guitar styling, echoed vocals, and eclectic breakdowns throughout, Dwyer delivers a classic rock-infused chronicle of life as he knows it. The album’s all original music was recorded […]

  • Summer Means Summergrass!!

    August is Summergrass month in San Diego. Summergrass is the premier bluegrass festival held every August in Vista, California. This year will be Summergrass’ 11th year presenting top-notch bluegrass. Let’s take a look at some of the key aspects of this year’s festival. Hopefully, you will be able to find the time to attend this […]

  • Situational Musicality

    I am sweating. Drenched, really. My hair is matted to my forehead, my eyes are stinging, and I am mostly smiling as I tap out a rhythm on the steering wheel. I just left the Parkway Bar in La Mesa (www.the parkwaybar.com), where I host an open jam and just finished performing about three sets […]


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    Look out, Dixie Chicks and the Trishas. A pair of women singers with beautiful voices and soaring harmonies, the Whiskey Sisters, has hit the Austin music scene and is making a big impression. (See the profile this month for more background.) Their self-titled and self-produced debut album, released in February on World Records, contains 12 […]


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    San Diego’s Lexington Field labels themselves “American fiddle rockers.” This is a wide open category, and though the band shows evidence of influences (Fairport Convention, bands with Celtic punk sounds like the Pogues and Dropkick Murphys), they are a true hybrid, able to meld power-chord guitar rock, Celtic folk scales, political anger, and post-punk aggressiveness. […]

  • A Few More Questions

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    Hello Troubadourians! August seems to be the month that brings out the “guitar geek” in everyone. A lot of you have asked me recently about how I get my acoustic guitar to sound like it does… like a guitar. Even though I covered the basics of my signal chain in my August column last year, […]

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