Entries for July 2020

  • For Your Information: July Edition

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    This month we take a look at the 2020 San Diego Music Awards, ask five questions of guitarist and producer Christopher Hoffee, talk to Jim Ryan of punk legends The Cardiac Kidz, review albums from Enter the Blue Sky and Big Stir Records latest compilation, plus! Two new Strange Stage Stories from Ronnie Barnett (The […]

  • I Wanna Be Like You

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    Hello Troubadourians! When you do anything long enough it’s easy to get to a point where you don’t know what else there is to do or learn. And even if you did know, would there be enough time to learn it? This is an easy trap to get caught in and it is one of […]

  • THE SPIRITUAL MOTELS: Super Tiny Disappearing Oceans

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    Between warm, golden sunlight and the cool darkness of a new moon’s night, between the soothing sounds of a lullaby and the rude awakening of an alarm clock… between sipping a cup of hot tea sweetened with fresh honey and slamming a shot of smoky mezcal that burns all the way down: this is the […]

  • Bringing the History of Music Products to Life: The Museum of Making Music Plans a Complete Renovation

    The Museum of Making Music recently announced that after several years of planning, the beloved institution will undergo a complete renovation as it continues to serve and grow its audience’s appreciation for and understanding of music products, their history, industry, and related cultural impact. Opened to the public in 2000, this is the first full-scale […]

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz.

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser. Part Three/Final. Jimmy Cheatham was head of the UC San Diego jazz program from 1978-2005. He played in Chico Hamilton’s band in the 1960s, also serving as arranger. He also briefly played in Duke Ellington’s band in the […]

  • Jody Reynolds and the Storms

    There used to be a club on First and C Streets in downtown San Diego called the College Inn that was a long-time home to country music, country boogie and swing, and rock-a-billy. The audience was mostly navy and a few of us who came for the music. I remember seeing Merle Travis, Roy Hogsed, […]

  • HUDSPETH & TAYLOR: Folie a Deux

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    Out of Kansas City come Hudspeth and Taylor, veteran blues performers who have teamed up for their new CD, Folie a Deux. This compilation of 13 mostly self-penned tunes finds inspiration from the blues of the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, and even later blues influenced pop. Oklahoma native Brandon Hudspeth does all the guitar […]