Entries for November 2013

  • A World of Bluegrass

    The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) completed its first ever convention week in Raleigh, North Carolina in the final week of September, having moved on from Nashville. Let’s take a look and see what happened to help you decide whether you might want to go next year. Business conference. There were three days of seminars, […]

  • FROM SPOOKTACULARS TO MISTLETOE (Songs for the Holiday Season)

    It’s been awhile since I’ve put up a song list here and as I do a couple of special radio shows each winter on my JAZZ ROOTS radio show (KSDS 88.3FM and “Jazz88.org” each Sunday Night at 8pm), I thought I might list a few songs that I’ve played over the 20-plus years I’ve been […]


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    Although Joe Garrison has played music around San Diego for a long time, he is not as well known as many of his colleagues. That’s unfortunate, mainly because he is a musician of considerable talent and imagination. Garrison spent a few years living in the Northwest but has recently moved back to San Diego. Since […]

  • BARBARA NESBITT: Almost Home

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    If Tennessee is truly the home of what we call country music these days, then this is the kind of record that ought to be coming out of Nashville. What gets typically categorized as “Americana” is simply shorthand for saying “country music before it was sanitized and pasteurized into something a bit more plastic and […]

  • JOHNNY “V” VERNAZZA: Lions and Thieves

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    Johnny “V” Vernazza is a veteran guitarist with a pretty large musical footprint than. If you turned on the radio or otherwise listened to a lot of music during the seventies, this electric slide player provided you with a large part of the soundtrack of your life. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Gregg […]


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    Folk/pop performer Becky Alter, based in Austin, has been touring the Southwest in conjunction with the release of her self-titled CD. Though a veteran singer/songwriter with previous releases in 2006 and 2008, her new album is sort a re-invention of herself as a minimalist folkie. She plays all the musical accompaniment on her ten originals, […]

  • THE PULSE ON POLTZ: Steve Poltz composes his first film soundtrack with Running Wild

    Twenty-five years ago Steve Poltz oozed upon the San Diego music scene with his musical partner Rob Driscoll and created an incomparable commotion with a roving band of lunatics called the Rugburns. Almost immediately Poltz forged a singular reputation as an irreverent storytelling punk rock-loving troubadour who delighted at thumbing his nose at society’s most […]

  • Horny Mojo

    BAAAAaaaaHHHH!! Sab a doh dant, dibbida zibbidiaaaaaaaaae! Bohm, vwah dohhhhhhn…. Bohm, vwah dohhhn dee bohhhhhhhhhn…ZEHNT be Nohn BahNT doooooooooooooooooooh. Oh, if it only it were that easy to translate the myriad nuances and idiosyncrasies that make up a single musical instrument’s unique character (although I think I did nail the spelling correctly). In this case […]

  • San Diego’s Jazz Fest Is Still Going Strong!