Entries for June 2017

  • Questions, Facts, and CD Reviews

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    This month we ask Gregory Page five questions about his new album; Elvis tribute band, Graceband, is asked five questions about rocking the songs of the king; we reveal 14 times Jim Croce’s music has been covered or featured; and include a batch of music reviews for the Cherry Bluestorms, Casey Hensley, Dot Dash, and […]

  • DON STRANDBERG: The Trees They Do Grow High

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    Don Strandberg performs ancient English and Celtic songs. A veteran of San Diego’s coffeehouse scene, he sings and also plays fingerstyle guitar. Fans will be pleased to learn that he has just added to his output of CDs with The Trees They Do Grow High. This collection of nine instrumental arrangements of traditional British songs–as […]

  • Tim

    It’s late April, several years ago, and I can remember it seeming a little like Christmas. It’s a no moon night and, at times, my breath is all I see. I stalk purposefully through San Diego’s frosty, darkened streets that wind down from my super-secret parking spot toward that ubër oasis of all things musical […]

  • Big Kitchen: The Musical Returns to San Diego!

    Judy Forman hurries from table to table, checking on the breakfasts of the outdoors diners. It’s Sunday, and the Big Kitchen is packed. She pauses ever so briefly. “We’re going back on Broadway!” she says as she seats folks at a table. Forman is talking about The Big Kitchen: A Counter Cultural Musical, the stage […]

  • Justin Townes Earle in His Own Right

    What is it that makes Justin Townes Earle so unique? Even as he carries two names that could easily weigh him down–and maybe it has in the past, but not today. He was named after his father, Steve Earle’s mentor and friend Townes Van Zandt. His father has his own legendary career strewn with tragedy, […]


    Blues researcher Paul Oliver, talks about hearing Sonny Terry play a tune called “The Alcoholic Blues.” Sonny told him that he learned it from a little feller, Defoe Bailey, back home in Rockingham, North Carolina. Brownie McGhee, Sonny’s long time partner, confirmed that Bailey was black and that he used to play on the Grand […]

  • Bells, Beads, Flowers & Incensed: The Summer of Love/Summer of Discontent–50 Years On

    Dogma = the death of creativity. – Anonymous Tribe (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers; a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. Race (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a contest of speed; a breeding stock of animals; a […]

  • Josh Stotler’s Wooden Wonders

    The acoustic bass guitar bears a shape that hints back to the early Hofner model played by Paul McCartney when the Beatles hit it big. A closer look at the neck shows four fret inlays in mother of pearl, each an identical copy of the four mop tops’ iconic silhouettes from the photo on their […]

  • June 2017 Calendar

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