CD Reviews

Chickenbone Slim

The Big Beat

Chickenbone Slim is the alter ego of long time San Diego bluesman Larry Teves, bassist, vocalist, and songwriter who many remember as the leader of the popular area blues band the Boogiemen. The Boogiemen were a crackerjack jump blues band in the style of Little Charlie and the Nightcats and, a bristling, swaggering bunch of […]

Bart Mendoza

Paris Yesterday Acoustic Demos 1996-2007

A true San Diego original, Bart Mendoza has been a linchpin in the local roots music scene for what seems like forever, as a journalist—for the Troubadour and multiple other local as well as international publications—and as a songwriter and musician with contributions to over 30 recordings in a 30-plus year career. San Diego’s resident […]

Jim Earp & Bill Benzel

Mainland Style

Instrumental guitar fans will be glad to hear that noted Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Jim Earp has teamed up with Bill Benzel for an album of slack-key duets, Mainland Style. The dozen tunes feature Earp on electric nylon-string guitar and Benzel on either baritone or steel-string acoustic. The mixture of originals by the two and familiar […]

Astra Kelly

Chasing the Light

Since 2006, Astra Kelly has been involved in the San Diego music scene, as a solo performer, band member, DJ, studio manager, and recording artist. Originally from the Midwest (her first CD was from 1996 and she started as a Chicago subway performer), she has been affiliated with noteworthy local players and writers like Marcia […]


Hometown Blues

You may be inclined to scrutinize the information on the sleeve of MohaviSoul’s new album Hometown Blues to see if any of these hail from regions Southern Appalachian or not. They certainly don’t sound like anything you’d normally expect to hear coming from San Diego’s surf–and sun obsessed vacuity. Neither laboriously bleak nor overly sunny, […]

The Hollywood Project

Olympic Boulevard

In a world full of angst on this ball of confusion, it is encouraging to report that another rock ‘n’ roll love letter of respite has arrived from the allied forces of The Hollywood Project. Olympic Boulevard is the second effort by singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Humphries, lyricist Stephen Kalinich, and keyboardist/producer Wolfgang Grasekamp. It’s another ten-track […]

Nina Francis

Between Dreams

Nina Francis’ unusual path so far in her career as a singer/songwriter saw her leave the area for LA after high school, but did so to develop her arresting voice and writing ability at USC. She received a degree in popular music performance in 2014, exposed to notable mentors at the Thornton School of Music. […]

James Lee Stanley

Had Enough Yet?

The current political climate would lend itself to protest songs, and James Lee Stanley has responded with a collection, titled Had Enough Yet? A prolific artist who has been recording since the early 1970s, Stanley helms his own label and gleaned most of the dozen songs from previous releases, all but one originals. The songs […]

Shane Hall

Human Condition

Songwriter and vocalist extraordinaire Shane Hall is an artist preferring to eschew hard labels as to his style of music and brings to one’s players and streaming devices an alluring but slippery set of original songs with his new album Human Condition. Hall, highlighted in the August 2017 issue of the San Diego Troubadour, is […]