Entries for March 2016

  • Nicki Carano: A Tragic End for a Beloved Friend

    Inconceivable, shocking, unimaginable, tragic. These were the sentiments running through the music community when news hit that Nicki Carano had been crushed by a falling tree during the rainy, stormy weather at the end of January. Nicki was driving on Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach, on her way to a gig in Ocean Beach, when […]


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    Every Monday evening, Scott Mathiasen can be found perched behind his drum kit at the On The Rocks Bar, situated in a strip mall between a laundromat and liquor store on E Street in Chula Vista. As bandleader for the quartet, Mojo Working, his powerful voice and rapid fire medleys of swing and rockabilly classics […]

  • The Fallbrook Kid: Anthony Cullins

    It was the summer of 2015 when music promoter Ken Rexrode invited me to play a few tunes on my guitar at his open mic night at McGee’s Tavern in Fallbrook. He told me that there would be a 14-year-old electric guitarist on the bill that I should be very impressed with upon hearing him […]

  • MICHAEL CROSSMAN: Wyoming Skies

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    At first glance of singer-songwriter Michael Crossman’s album cover, set on horseback in front of the majestic Tetons, one might not guess he was raised in Southern California. His latest release, Wyoming Skies, is a seven-track disc recorded at Studio X in Nashville under the guidance of Tom Manche, who produced, engineered, and contributed guitar and backup […]

  • SUE PALMER: The Thunderbird Sessions

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    The eloquent words in the liner notes by the host of the “Jazz Ride Home” on KSDS 88.3FM, Claudia Russell aptly describes the live audience setting and atmosphere for pianist and bandleader, Sue Palmer’s latest CD, The Thunderbird Sessions. ”You drive up Coast Highway 101 from San Diego and turn off onto a little side […]

  • Upcoming Bluegrass Events

    Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper in San Diego. Champion fiddler Michael Cleveland and his outstanding band Flamekeeper will be in San Diego on Wednesday, March 2 for a show in La Jolla presented by the San Diego Bluegrass Society. Admission is free (donations are solicited) and there will be a 30-minute opening set by acclaimed local […]


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    Tenor saxophonist Archie Thompson leads a cracker jack ensemble called the ArchTones and with this record release, Jazz Vespers, Vol. 3, he and his troupe offer the latest volume of in an ongoing project to perform and record gospel–inspired jazz at the Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in San Diego. This isn’t, rest assured, […]

  • Rosanne Cash Follows the River and the Thread

    There is an unbroken line that runs through the Deep South like a river. It can be traced throughout history, through the anguished soul of the land and its people. It’s where our nation divided itself during the Civil War. It’s where the restless outcry for justice gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement. The […]

  • NAMM 2016 Observations

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    Hello Troubadourians! Every year during the third week of January, the NAMM Show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center. This is where nearly every company that creates and manufactures musical instruments and supporting products, or that has found a way to monetize their musical product or service, descends upon Southern California to show their wares […]