Featured Stories

  • 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 […]

  • Hart Acres: A Seed Sprouts in the Desert

    THE MELON SEED, A PARABLE Years ago, a man named Hartley and his wife, Carol, took hold of a plot of land in the desert. They studied and worked hard and created an oasis, where hardy plants could thrive and provide some shade and shelter for the living things under them. Later, their daughter made […]

  • Judy Collins: On a Never-Ending Road of Music and Healing

    It seems there are so many roads that diverge and come together in life as the road unfolds. It’s a matter of choosing which path to walk down and what fate holds. It is especially so for the very gifted artisans and icons. Once, after a sold-out concert in Denver, Colorado, internationally famous folk singer-songwriter […]


    The San Diego Blues Festival is back live for 2021, after last year’s edition was held online due to COVID-19. This year’s festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Embarcadero, beginning at 9 a.m. Promoter Michael Kinsman has lined up a typically outstanding roster, with the well-known Rick Estrin & the Nightcats leading […]

  • J.d. Boucharde: Shine, Farewell Sweet Friend

    It is heartbreaking to be writing a second article for the Troubadour in just a few months about yet another San Diego linchpin, lost in another devastating accident. This time I’m writing through tears about a dear friend of mine. J.d. Boucharde was the first musician I played with in San Diego almost two decades […]

  • Richard Larson: Rhythm, Beats, and Grooves

    If you’ve attended many shows in San Diego over the past decade, it would be impossible not to have encountered drummer Richard “T-Bone” Larson. It’s been said that a band is only as good as its drummer, and Larson is as good as it gets—rock solid with just the right amount of attitude and his […]

  • Folk Arts Rare Records: Is There a DJ in the House?

    Folk Arts Rare Records is more than a San Diego institution. It’s been part of the heartbeat of the San Diego music scene for more than 50 years. When the late Lou Curtiss opened his shop in 1967, it quickly became a hangout for both the local vinyl collectors and the many, straggly folk musicians, […]