Entries for June 2016

  • To Candye–Love, Sue

    On Friday night, May 6, 2016, we lost a force of nature. After an eight-year battle with cancer, Candye Kane passed away. Candye was my long-term musical partner for most of the ’90s and was a very dear friend. She took me all over the world, taught me how to perform to my fullest, inspired […]

  • June 2016 Calendar

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  • A Swinging Bummer

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    Phil Harmonic actually sounded serious when he called and asked me, “Could you use a hundred bucks?” He knows me entirely too well to have to ask and is himself too sound of character to suddenly lose his hard-earned marbles. As far as I am concerned, money–as opposed to people–is never to be used. Money […]

  • BILL HARTWELL: Good Karma

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    Good Karma is the third CD by Bill Hartwell, a country-roots singer/songwriter whose last offering, 2014’s The Road I’m On, impressed as a batch blending some keen observational ballads, social commentary, an overall comfortable and confident presentation by a veteran player combining good guitar and vocal skills with a collection of interesting and personal music. […]

  • Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash Headline the Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ

    Julian is the jewel of San Diego’s back country and Menghini Winery is the site of the tenth annual Julian Dance and Back Country BBQ on Saturday, June 11th. This outdoor event features the best in country music, a huge dance floor with a tree in the middle, and the ambiance of a small town. […]

  • Wild and Precious Life

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    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? –Mary Oliver, The Summer Day It is the sacred task of poets, songwriters, and artists of all stripes to awaken us to our own magnificence. They plumb our depths and announce the ugly impotence of our fear. They celebrate […]

  • TOM MORIARTY: The Road

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    Although a London-based singer-songwriter, Tom Moriarty eerily parallels the vocal styling of a local singer-songwriter of many moons ago, the pride of Hilltop High: Tom Waits. Like Waits, Moriarty’s gruff, graveled voice immediately mesmerizes the listener with its soulful overtones. The Road, a spell-binding ten track disc of thought-provoking lyrics, is Moriarty’s follow up to […]

  • The Diversity of Bluegrass

    Bluegrass music resides in a big tent, with room for interesting and exciting variety. Musically, the tent includes (at least in the minds of some) forms of music ranging from classic Flatt and Scruggs tunes to Alison Krauss, to Mumford and Sons, Yonder Mountain String Band, and out to groups like Trampled by Turtles that […]

  • GUY CLARK: My Favorite Memories of Him

    While the passing of Guy Clark in Nashville last month was not a shock or surprise, it nonetheless had a great impact on so many fans, friends, and musical compatriots in the world of Americana music. It is not that an era has passed with his death. For Americana artists, alt-country musicians, and singer-songwriters in […]