Entries for March 2019

  • March 2019 Calendar

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  • Havana Jam ’79: One World Under a Groove

    The year was 1979, and the relationship between America and Cuba was contentious at best, as U.S. Representative Ted Weiss made a concerted effort to introduce a bill that would bring an end to the U.S. trade blockade against Cuba and hopefully resume normal diplomacy between the adversarial nations. Even though it was a noble […]

  • Noel Paul Stookey: There Is Love (with a capital L)

    Take a look at the Billboard Hot 100 songs of 1962 and you will find Ray Charles and Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers and the Isley Brothers, the Kingston Trio and the Beach Boys. That’s the year that Peter, Paul and Mary made the list with “If I Had a […]

  • Peggy Seeger: First Time Ever

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    Among the most artful duos to lift their voices in the cause and community of folk music are the singers Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. They fell in love in 1956–she, 21, newly arrived in London from Maryland to play the five-string banjo on a television show; he a songwriter, actor, and communist, English-born of […]

  • LAURA CHAVEZ: A Force of Nature

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    Laura Chavez is hard to pin down. For one thing, she’s never home. Her unrelenting tour schedule includes multiple bursts into Europe with the Nikki Hill band, followed by a variety of dates with Vanessa Collier up and down the eastern seaboard. A few more weeks back in Europe for the Blues Caravan tour then […]

  • Bluegrass Jamming

    Why is jamming such an important part of bluegrass music? Here’s my take on some of the reasons: – Bluegrass music, compared to jazz, pop, rock, or most other genres, is participatory. At bluegrass festivals you will find as many folks jamming informally in the parking lot as you will listening to the stage music. […]

  • 2019 PHE-NAMM-ENON

    Since 1901, the (kinda sorta inappropriately named at this point) National Association of Music Merchants has been welcoming music product retailers and distributors from around the globe to meet, greet, and tap those feet while rolling out the year’s hottest new products and innovations once or twice a year. The 2019 Winter NAMM Show in […]

  • NAMM 2019

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    Hello Troubadourians! Well, NAMM 2019 has come and gone. I was able to spend three days at the show this time, which was good. This year’s show was a mixed bag of things for me; a lot of the same-old, same-old but a lot of new things as well. Much of this had to do […]

  • Call Off the Search

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    When on their 1987 masterpiece Joshua Tree U2 sang “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” everyone knew exactly what they meant. We seem hard-wired to search, a behavior we no doubt learned hunting and gathering all around the world these last hundred thousand years. An unquenchable longing pushes us toward ever new horizons. […]