Entries for June 2020

  • June 2020 Calendar

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  • The Unbreakable Realm of the Digital Domain

    There is a favorite conversation I immensely enjoy having. A riff, really. Sometimes, it takes on the awkwardly difficult to explain the appearance of a good-natured tirade.  It’s about my generation. Weirdly, I feel older writing that sentence than I do listing the plethora of developments, accomplishments, and first-hand observations of the way things used […]


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    Dreaming, the latest album by Watson, Beldock & Beach is a sumptuous tour de force of intimate acoustic minimalism. The songwriting team of Peggy Watson and David Beldock, each with successful individual singer/songwriter careers, added journeyman bassist Paul Beach (The Association, Mamas and the Papas, Gary Puckett), to their act and made a record. Watson […]

  • Harmonica Story

    It was a hot, breezeless night, and there were no dry arm pits at the Javanican in Pacific Beach. The Grand Avenue Coffeehouse, two blocks south from the goony bar crawl of Garnet Avenue, was a location with the mutual benefits of being quieter and more isolated: you can actually hear the sticky roll of […]

  • ENTER THE BLUE SKY: Wanderlust

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    Enter the Blue Sky plays acoustic Americana music that is highly personal, built around Sande Lollis’ songwriting and striking vocals. Since 2016’s CD, Re-Entry, they’ve seen the passing of member John Seever and a change of bassist. In addition to Lollis’ lead and backing vocals and corrugaphone (look it up!), the band includes Karen Childress-Evans […]

  • Listening and Learning

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    Hello Troubadourians! What is it with me and jazz standards? A few months ago, I wrote about the Hoagy Carmichael’s classic “Stardust.” This time it’s “All Blues” by Miles Davis. Although I took lessons from two excellent jazz guitarists, I am in no real sense a jazz guitarist. I’ve learned some jazz-ish stuff in order […]

  • Charlie Arbelaez: Making Music in the Pandemic

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    I have a distinct memory of the first time I heard Charlie Arbelaez play the saxophone. I had been invited by a band member (bassist Antar Martin, I believe) to witness the debut performance of a new San Diego-based band, (Coast Bop) at the sadly moribund 98 Bottles at the north end of Little Italy. […]

  • CONRAD SANSBURY: Useless Love

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    Conrad Sansbury plays Americana with a country vibe, and before the quarantine he was singing originals at local hangouts like Navajo Live. His debut EP, Useless Love, includes five tracks that feature his vocals and guitar, backing vocals by Paty Sevener and Stuart Anthony, keyboards by Sharon Whyte, banjo and violin by string whiz Dennis […]

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    This month we ask five questions of bassist Al Chan of power pop legends the Rubinoos, talk to violinist Alicia Previn about her new children’s book, review albums from the Paff Booms and Evening’s Empire, plus new Strange Stage Stories from Kenny Metcalf (Tribute to Elton John), Lannie Flowers, Van Bates, and Johnny Vee FIVE […]