Entries for November 2020

  • Julia Sage: Spiritual Warrior

    When they said World War lll would be fought with information they failed to mention that every single one of us would be on the front lines, or that we would be fighting against and amongst ourselves, or that the fire hose of falsehoods we are inundated with every day would infiltrate and infect everything […]

  • It’s Turkey Time!

    Dear San Diego Troubadour Readers:  I won’t be hosting a live and lively Annual Turkey Calling Show this year in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library, as UC San Diego is being appropriately cautious in this, our pandemic time of COVID 2020. I will, however, feature a brief Turkey Calling tribute regarding the fest on Wednesday, November […]

  • Sons of the Pioneers

    I’ve talked about lots of different kinds of cowboy and western music in these columns before. Living in the West I first became acquainted with the Sons of the Pioneers in Lake City, Washington, when I was about 10 years old. Now, that wasn’t the original Pioneers of the 1930s with Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers); […]

  • Arlo Guthrie and Richie Furay Release New Songs of Pandemic and Patriotism

    Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains.                                                                                                                                      —Winston S. Churchill When Winston Churchill was identified with this frequent quote it was taken as the wisdom from an old guy being humorous. Little did anyone know the […]


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    Stefan Hillesheim released a debut EP earlier this year with a band backing his blues vocals and guitar, a project that made an impression with his skill on slide guitar and vocals—soaked with a vibe that recalls Mississippi delta saints like Robert Johnson and Elmore James. Now he is back, with a live, solo EP […]

  • Clinton Davis: Living Tradition

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    In our recent past, we had what some refer to as a folk revival. Musicians were turning off their amplifiers and reaching for their acoustic guitars. Mandolins and fiddles crept their way from the woodworks of bluegrass festivals into rock venues and were muscling out guitar solos and synthesizers on radio airwaves. Instruments like the […]

  • Satire Is Not a Dirty Word: Interview with Spud Davenport

    Author’s Note: I’ve long found that readers here in the San Diego Troubadour are really supportive not only of local music but also of the musicians themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every facet of society, including live music and the people that make that music. I’m really curious what musicians I know are doing […]

  • SIMEON FLICK: Scarlatti’s Greatest Hits for Classical Guitar

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    Simeon Flick has just recorded and released a CD of guitar transcriptions from Doménico Scarlatti’s sonatas. Music fans have reason to celebrate. The new CD, Scarlatti’s Greatest Hits for Classical Guitar, gives us great performances of great compositions. I am thankful that Flick chose to record pieces by Scarlatti. During the 1930s through the 1970s, […]

  • DANNY O’KEEFE: Looking Glass & the Dreamers

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    Spokane native Danny O’Keefe is a songwriter’s songwriter. He got his first contract when Buffalo Springfield were still together, and 2020 will be the seventh decade of his career. His songs have been recorded by literally dozens of other folk and country performers, and he has never slowed down, with at least 15 album releases. […]