Entries for December 2016

  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

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    Hello Troubadourians! When you read this column, it will be December (well, actually sometime after December 1…), but I’m writing it in mid-November. The publishing business is weird that way. We have to be dedicated to documenting past events and attempt to be somewhat prescient about the future. For a columnist like me, I’m usually […]

  • Gigging for a Living: Ed Kornhauser

    There are two tall drinks in front of Ed Kornhauser. One looks like a coffee drink and the other is a smoothie. He sips from one then the other. “I’m a working musician,” he says. “That’s how I make my living.” If you’ve spent any amount of time around San Diego, you’d have a hard […]

  • Thoughts About Leonard Cohen

    In my mind there was a decades-long debate as to who the best rock and roll poet was: Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen. Being the kind of ersatz pundit who argued passionately for the minority opinion, my champion was Cohen. Critics and audiences and what used to be called Mass Media reached a consensus that […]

  • Tainted Dreams

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    Hi! This is the first time I’ve ever sat down to write my column during a dream, so bear with me if things are weirder than normal. I mean normal for me, which by normal standards isn’t really too normal at all. Aw heck, you know what I’m trying to say. Or maybe not. But […]

  • BERT TURETZSKY & CHUCK PERRIN: Bass & Word: Song of the Roots

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    Chuck Perrin gained some notoriety as a singer/songwriter, performing as a duo with his sister in the late sixties and early seventies. He is the one-man dynamo who has steadfastly run Dizzy’s, one of San Diego’s premier music showcases no matter where in the city it might be found. As a musician and songwriter, he […]

  • A Jug Band Pilgrimage in Two Parts: Clinton Davis Pays a Visit to his Old Kentucky Home

    In September of this year, San Diego’s very own folk group G Burns Jug Band was invited to Louisville, Kentucky to perform at the National Jug Band Jubilee (yes, it’s a real thing). The Festival was founded in 2005 to celebrate the southern tradition of jug blowing, which dates back at least a century to […]

  • Eric Taylor: An Unsung Hero of Americana Music

    Singer -songwriter Eric Taylor’s roots run deep in Texas soil even though he began life in Atlanta, Georgia. But, most of his life has been lived out in Houston, Texas. His first musical love was rhythm & blues. However, he wrote poetry. When he brought his poetry and music together with his acoustic blues guitar, […]

  • FANNY AND THE ATTA BOYS: Punch, Passion, and A Peck of Dirt

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      DISORDER ON THE DANCE FLOOR It all began on Tio Leo’s dance floor, when a mutual friend encouraged Fanny to teach Natt some moves. The following gyrations led to his fist making a pretty solid contact with her face. The punch was more embarrassing than painful, and proved a valuable bonding experience. There was […]

  • And So This Is Christmas

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    To whom does Christmas belong? Is it a private event or a come-as-you-are potluck? Although Andy Williams’s dulcet tenor claims, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” some of us wonder. Still, there’s something sweet and beautiful about Christmas flowing all around us. It would be a shame to get to January and find […]