Entries for April 2017

  • April 2017 Calendar

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  • WISH AND THE WELL: Darling Darling

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    Hailing from Oceanside, Wish and the Well are a band built upon the remnants of the unrecorded Jefferson and Washington–namely guitar/keyboardist Corey Leal and guitar/keyboardist Dillon Casey, both playing Leal’s original Americana songs. Other members include Steven Crowle on guitars, Trevor Mulvey on bass, and drummer Cheyne Dolly. Since coming together in 2015, the group […]

  • Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll!

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    Hello Troubadourians! As I sat down to write this column, my daughter broke the news that Chuck Berry had died. The King is dead! Long live the King! Yes, to me, Chuck Berry always was the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Always will be. And I’m in good company there. John Lennon once said that, […]

  • JOE GARRISON & NIGHT PEOPLE: The People Upstairs

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    The cover to The People Upstairs looks like it was drawn and colored by a child. The lines are simple, with washes and splotches of color. A very displeased kitty cat is looking up at a bird in a tree with a kite overhead. The bird smirks. Did the bird snatch the kite from the […]

  • Suzanne Shea: When an Irish Heart Is Singing

    Part Two As Suzanne Shea reflects on that memorable chapter of her life–when she and Peter Varhola had successfully established themselves as a musical duo for the Reuben’s establishment–the singer realizes that her colleague’s influence extended well beyond the hundreds of hours and thousands of miles they had accumulated collectively in their odysseys throughout Southern […]

  • Is Bluegrass Music Changing?

    That’s a great question that raises concern among some that the music is changing in a bad way, losing its traditional roots. Amongst others, it generates excitement. Let’s see if we can break down what is, and is not, happening. Traditional Bluegrass. Traditional bluegrass is generally reflective of the founders: Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, […]


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    I’m at my desk, at the keyboard, with my computer, Oh no… slipping away… Sorry!!! I’ll be back. Okay. I’m back, ready to write, write, write. But sorry, I’m being pulled away again!! Sit down! Okay! I’m writing now. Oh no. It’s happening again… Gotta go DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! [Editors note: The editorship of the […]

  • How Hip-Hop and Rap Will Save the World

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    April fool. But seriously, folks: I’m actually writing this just a few hours before the official advent of spring and have been ruminating on purification and rebirth and other things that seem to go with the season. Like second chances and forgiveness, budding flowers, infant smiles, caresses of the sunlight, and the glory of naked […]

  • BILL HARTWELL: Turning Point

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    Bill Hartwell has released four solo CDs, including three since 2013’s The Road I’m On. Along the way, he has established himself as one of the most reliable and imaginative acoustic singer/songwriters on the local scene. He is a superb guitarist, with an immediately endearing vocal persona, and his songs range from keen observations, to […]