Featured Stories

  • 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, […]

  • This Music is for Dancing: A History of the NOLA Brass Bands

    Born and raised in Chicagoland in “Little Slavia,” I was introduced to Balkan music in my early childhood. I immediately loved the drums. The bass drum was especially fascinating to me. My young wiry body caught the bass drum vibe in my little chest.  Clinging front and center to the stage at the Croatian Culture […]

  • Robert Walter Finds Joy in New and Old Collaborations

    Robert Walter has long been known not only for his soul-drenched jazz organ but also for the variety of long-term projects he is part of. Originally making a name for himself on the San Diego scene as a member of the Greyboy Allstars, Walter then started the 20th Congress with New Orleans-based drummer Stanton Moore, […]

  • Music and the Law: The Role of a Music Attorney

    Once an attorney passes the state bar and takes an oath, he or she is authorized to practice law in that jurisdiction (state). A Juris Doctor degree, or J.D., is a general degree—for example, personal injury, business, and immigration lawyers all practice under the same license. But general practitioners or attorneys that practice in a […]