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  • How Emmylou Harris Saved Country Music’s Sacred Temple

    Her voice is as a clear as High Sierra creek water. There is an instant recognizability to her singing that feels as familiar as a warm summer wind. Today singer-songwriter, Emmylou Harris is the silver-haired angel of real country music. The character she brings to the American song breathes with the lifeblood and haunted history […]

  • If These Walls Could Talk: Revival of the Bostonia Ballroom

    A few months ago, driving down Broadway in El Cajon, Garrett Wear had the vision to bring back the vintage venue that once was the world headquarters for Western Swing: the Bostonia Ballroom, Grand Ole Opry of the Southwest. He shared his idea with producers Christopher Burkhart of Stellar Shows and Rosalea of Wicked Harem […]

  • Richard Thompson Finds His Voice

    Book Review: Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967–75, by Richard Thompson It seems to be a reasonable expectation that people of genius with extraordinary lives and stories to relate would be able to tell their tale in a manner as robust as the lives they’ve lived. A slight sour truth to accept […]

  • Ronnie Stewart: A Mainstay on the San Diego Jazz Scene

    Drummer can be heard regularly at Mr. Peabody’s in Encinitas and Cafe La Maze in National City Hearing saxophonist Anthony Ortega and his cohorts on Sunday nights at Mr. Peabody’s in Encinitas is always a treat. Listeners receive a bonus every other Sunday when Ronnie Stewart takes a seat behind his drum kit. The quintessential […]

  • Music and the Law: How to Obtain a License to Release a Cover Song

    Recording and releasing a cover song can be a great way to showcase your musical ability and at the same time earn new fans by grabbing their attention with familiar songs. Cover songs can also be a great way to earn revenue when you release them on Digital Service Provider’s (DSPs) like Spotify, Apple Music, […]

  • Headstock: A Guitar Lover’s Dream

    Next month, on November 6 and 7, San Diego will play host to the first-ever Headstock Guitar Lovers Festival. Located in Liberty Station, the boutique trade show will bring collectors and players together with two dozen small-shop luthiers from California and beyond. For the luthiers, the festival is a chance to get their work in […]

  • Ode to Louis Brazier

    Louie Brazier died unexpectedly last month at the age of 59. A mainstay in the music community and longtime sound engineer and booking manager at Lestat’s coffeehouse, Lou was loved by all for his friendly, selfless, and helpful demeanor. He was a friend and counselor to all. Here is a collection of loving tributes to […]

  • Nanci Griffith: Appreciation for an Americana Music Pioneer

    The first time I heard Nanci Griffith was in the midst of what Steve Earle called The Great Credibility Threat of the ’80s, when radio still reigned and the commercial country world embraced Earle, Lyle Lovett, the Desert Rose Band, Emmylou Harris, K.d Lang, Rodney Crowell, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Rosanne Cash, and so many […]

  • Traci Smith: The Final BOOM! 

    Anyone in the San Diego music scene from 2013 to 2019 most likely met Traci Smith in one capacity or another. Why do we talk rawk? Because we can! The talk show host of Gurlz Talk Rawk, Traci lived her dreams by creating her brainchild… a television interview talk show featuring songwriters and musicians and […]