Entries for December 2020

  • 2020 San Diego in Memorium

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    This month we take a look back at past and present San Diego musicians and compatriots we lost in 2020. January 4 / David McDonald (64) – music promoter January 10 / David Winter (67) – bassist / singer Dave Winter and the Grateful Ted Band. January 20 / Alberto Jurado (48) – singer for […]

  • December 2020 Calendar

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  • The Bluegrass Special Is Back!!

    Last month we covered the sad end of KSON’s Bluegrass Special Radio Show hosted by Wayne Rice, which had been running for 43 years. We noted the irony that the show was cancelled by corporate headquarters at the same time that Wayne Rice was awarded IBMA’s highest award—the Lifetime Achievement Award. Well, the show is […]

  • Raider of the Lost Arts: The Guitar Solo

    Of course, there were opera arias and concertos before then, but the 70-year period from roughly 1920 to 1990 was the golden age of the solo. From blues and jazz to pop and rock, spotlighting instrumental melodies both written and improvised was de rigueur. It took a while for the tradition to develop on the […]

  • The Heavenly Celesta

    The celesta gets its name directly from the French word for “heavenly” (celeste). And the first time you hear it, it is heavenly! Maybe you first heard it on the flip side of Buddy Holly’s premiere single. Holly’s producer happened to have a celesta in the studio and Mrs. Vi Petty (the producer’s wife) offered […]

  • JACKSLACKS: When Pigs Fly

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    Jackslacks (Chris Giorgio) has been a fixture in the local rockabilly scene for years, and his latest EP, When Pigs Fly, is a tribute to longtime friend and fellow musician Billy Bacon, who passed last year. Jacklacks and Bacon were founding members in the Forbidden Pigs, and this three-track set is a rockabilly highlight reel […]

  • The Romantic Harp Guitar: An Instrument Like No Other

    This enchanting story begins in Europe during the romantic era when western civilization was on the rise, following the age of enlightenment. However, a movement away from those norms resulted in a period of intellectual and artistic rebellion. The turn of the nineteenth century saw legitimization of the individual imagination as a critical authority that […]

  • Jive Talk Among Klezmer Musicians

    Like other workers, musicians had their own jargon. This professional argot provided a sense of camaraderie for jazz musicians. African-American jazz musicians called this jargon “jive talk” or “Harlem talk.” Some of the more famous practitioners and experts on this jargon were Cab Calloway, who published the first dictionary of jazz jargon called Cab Calloway’s […]

  • Rhea Makiaris Goes Pro

    “I always wanted to do music. I wanted to spend as much time doing music as I could.” Rhea Makiaris is sitting cross-legged in a wicker chair outside her new digs in Lakeside, excited to find a new direction and a new commitment in her life. She is now a full-time musician. “Music brings joy […]