Featured Stories

  • Farewell to the Pannikin and Coffee Culture as We Knew It

    Your local coffeehouses need local music—and to be told that, loud and clear, and often! This was written following the news that the La Jolla Pannikin, a local mainstay of coffee culture, would close permanently at the end of April. While the coffeehouse now seems to have a reprieve, Pannikin’s era echoes decades when art, […]

  • LOULAPALOOZA! Honoring the Legacy of Lou Curtiss

    On May 14th, the San Diego Folk Heritage is hosting a benefit concert featuring some of the giants of the San Diego music scene in honor of our own Lou Curtiss. In addition to Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, the lineup for the evening includes Jack Tempchin, Gregory Page, Sue Palmer, Patty Hall, Curt Bouterse, […]

  • KGB and the Golden Age of Radio

    “The death of radio.” You’ve doubtless heard that term at some point or another. They bring it out every time some new-fangled doodad comes along that’s supposed to be so much better, it renders the need for terrestrial airwave information and entertainment transmission obsolete. Every time some corporate media conglomeration rolls into town, buying up […]

  • David R. Morgan: The Captain Has Left the Stage

    “Leaning over, the Captain listens. “What is that?” the young girl asks, pointing to the contraption he sits behind. “It’s a pedal-steel guitar,” he says. “Can you show me?” He smiles, leans over a little more, pulls his cowboy hat down, and begins to play. Liquid steel seeps through his fingers and slide, gliding across […]

  • There’s Something for Everyone at Gator by the Bay!

    San Diego’s Gator by the Bay started when college friends Catherine Miller and Peter Oliver got hooked on music festivals. “In the ‘90s, were were traveling around and heard some zydeco at a Jazz Fest,” Miller recalls. When some Cajun/Zydeco festivals closed down, Miller and Oliver saw a golden opportunity. “It was the perfect time […]

  • Sideman: The Soul Tenor Saxophone of Jonny Viau

    Don’t get me wrong, I love John Coltrane! The thing that bothers me, though, is it seems most every tenor sax player who came along, after Trane recorded A Love Supreme in 1965, only wanted to sound like that and paid little or no attention to all the great rhythm and blues sax-men who came […]

  • A Drunkard’s Dream! A Festival to Celebrate Art and Music

    On April 9, A Drunkard’s Dream Art and Music festival in Barrio Logan will feature a very special and unique performance by one of San Diego’s most decorated musicians. Local legend and 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jack Tempchin will be debuting a new collaboration with up-and-coming rockers Mrs. Henry. Known largely by his […]

  • Radio Days: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    If the Golden Age of Radio is said to have started sometime in the 1970s and ended in the ’90s, the next fairly obvious question one could ask is: what happened? If the glory days of the mainstream airwaves are gone, what have we been left with? One has only to scroll through their dial […]

  • Farewell to Frank Kocher, One of the Troubadour’s Finest

    We at the San Diego Troubadour lost a beloved and valued member of our family just as the holiday season was getting underway. Frank Kocher was a frequent contributor of stories and reviews that were well-regarded for being insightful and well-researched. The subjects of his articles had often expressed their gratitude for his thorough and […]