Entries for January 2018

  • SHAM SAINTS: Out of Tune

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    Out of Tune is a new EP by the Sham Saints, a North County coastal band built around Darius (Degher) and Michael Packard. Both play guitars and sing, and they are joined by Phil Leavitt (drums), Louis Ruiz (bass), Chris Lawrence (Pedal Steel), and Ellen Maisen (backing vocals). Darius and Packard go back to the […]

  • PATRICK YANDALL: A Journey Home

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    Under normal conditions, Patrick Yandall would one of those jazz-inflected guitarists I would go nuts over. The San Diego-based musician is a veteran of the scene, active since the ’90s in many bands and collaborative efforts, and has released 20 albums of his music. His productive longevity is understandable, considering that Yandall is an excellent […]

  • It’s No Myth: There Is A One-Mic-Does-It-All Solution

    A year ago this month, I covered a pair of condenser microphones that I was quite obviously impressed with. Regular readers of this column may have noted by now that after reviewing literally hundreds of products, value runs a close second to performance when it comes to astounding me. This makes it worth mentioning that […]

  • AARON MARKLAND: Tide Break

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    Ocean Beach native Aaron Markland got his musical start with a hardcore punk band in high school, and after a solo project joined with his brother and dad in the hard rock band Markland, recording a 2014 album. That project got his music radio and documentary film exposure, and now he has recorded a new […]

  • Great January Bluegrass

    Three great bluegrass music opportunities will be in San Diego to kick off the first month of 2018. The Hillbenders. The Hillbenders is one high-octane bluegrass band out of Springfield, Missouri, performing and delighting crowds since 2008. They are Compass Records recording artists with multi record releases. The band has recently taken the music world […]

  • MUNDY, MUNDY: The San Diego Jazz Community Remembers a Quiet Giant

    At 10:43 a.m. on December 2, electric guitar explorer Mundell Lowe made a peaceful transition into the next world surrounded by loved ones at the age of 95. Mr. Lowe remained musically active until the very end, knocking out the audience gathered for his birthday concert at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach last April with an […]

  • Jesse Davis: Still Singin’ and Swingin’ After All These Years

    One of the true legends of San Diego’s music community, Jesse Davis has had an amazing life in music. A sophisticated vocalist and showman he has been a staple of San Diego’s clubs and lounges since he arrived in 1970. His career has seen him release dozens of recordings, most recently the album It’s About […]

  • It’s Old Home Week for A.J. Croce

    It was the nineties, back when the Gaslamp District was new, before it became the full-blown adult playground that it is now. Light, warm rain was falling, giving even the oldest of the Gaslamp’s Victorian structures a slick, clean look. The air was fresh and balmy, almost tropical. No one hurried to walk between the […]