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Paul Simon & Sting touring together - WTF??
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jack Mar 24.

Luella and the Sun - hmmmmmm
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hal Bogerd Jan 4, 2013.

Uncle Tupelo & The Jayhawks
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim C Nov 23, 2011.

Greg Brown - missed the boat, not thrilled that I did
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Margaret Aug 8, 2011.

R.L. Burnside - traditional and not so traditional
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jack Oct 13, 2010.

Un or under-heralded guitarists
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Brantley Apr 22.

1970's & early '80's Marshall Tucker Band - guilty pleasure or good country/blues rock?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lyndon Bolton Aug 3, 2013.


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Jack commented on Amos Perrine's blog post 'Chris Smither - Still on the Levee, A Fifty Year Retrospective (Album Review)'
"The first time I heard Chris's music, recorded or live, was at Off Broadway in St. Louis, 1997, the Monsters of Folk tour with Tom Russell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Dave Alvin. His song Caveman pulled me right in, sage observations…"
Jack commented on Harrisonaphotos's blog post 'Ian McLagan at the Jumping Hot Club (Newcastle, UK - July 10, 2014)'
"Sounds like you went for nostalgic reasons and found him on an off night of his current career.  Happens. Sometimes the older acts are in no win positions; they have little desire to be mostly a nostalgia act and the fans want mostly nostalgic…"
Jul 16
Jack replied to T Hanssen's discussion 'What is your favorite album this week?'
"Shinyribs - "Gulf Coast Museum".   Wow!"
Jul 5
Jack replied to Ivan Sifrim's discussion 'Piano in roots music'
"Not sure why this is even in question.  Why would piano not belong in roots music?"
Jun 27
Jack commented on Easy Ed's blog post 'Went to Beacon...Saw a Show...Bought a Banjo'
"Love hearing about people and places like this.  Fortunately there are still folks like this around, and more coming up with age, unfortunately these nooks and crannies are diminishing in number.  Glad you didn't wander into a bagpipe…"
Jun 23
Jack commented on Terry Roland's blog post 'Phil and Dave Alvin Find Common Ground with Big Bill Broonzy's Help'
"Terry, your article needed no help.  I enjoyed the focus on Common Ground.  In less capable hands, it may well have been just a record of old school covers, but with these guys mindful approach, instinctive sensibilities, and with the…"
Jun 19
Jack commented on Terry Roland's blog post 'Phil and Dave Alvin Find Common Ground with Big Bill Broonzy's Help'
"Nicely done as usual, Terry.  A classic yin-yang story.  Two strong minded brothers self steeped in the blues, Phil with the golden pipes that Dave lacked, and Dave with the natural songwriting that Phil lacked.  Throw in what was…"
Jun 17
Jack replied to Chaz Stoll's discussion 'Name artists who you think deserve wide recognition...please!'
"Saw Pinata Protest last week, Mexican American punk with a lead accordion is the simplest way to sum them up.  They were a gas! "
May 22
Jack commented on Jay Corwin's blog post 'Buffalo Porchfest - 2014'
"As the old saying goes, the second worst day of my life was when I found out I had to move to Buffalo, and the worst was when I found out I had to leave.  Buffalo is a great place to live and Elmwood Village has long been a great…"
May 22
Jack commented on Gary Burnett's blog post 'B.B. King and the Roots of the Blues'
"I recall reading a few years back that BB continues to tour heavily in part because he is supporting his band and tour help and their families, and feels an obligation to them.  How accurate that is, or was at one time, I don't know. …"
May 6
Jim Hunter commented on Jack's blog post 'Never Mind The Grammy's, Here's Pat McLaughlin'
"Good deal WEB...you have got some serious listening to look forward to...glad you were finally able to make contact...Otis Gibbs is the deal for sure...I bought that Amy Lashley on his label too...excellent...saw John Gorka and Antje Duvekot over…"
Apr 30
W E B commented on Jack's blog post 'Never Mind The Grammy's, Here's Pat McLaughlin'
"Jack and Jim, I just received an email from Sally and she informs me that Pat's entire catalogue was mailed to me on Monday the 28th so it should be in Detroit today or tomorrow. I am more than anxious to get across the border and collect the…"
Apr 30
Bruce Brantley replied to Jack's discussion 'Un or under-heralded guitarists'
"Just saw Jimmy Thackery last night in a small venue.  Magnificent.  I had heard his name before but I had no idea.  He's that guy who is capable of speed that would blast the paint off the walls but he uses that tecnique…"
Apr 22
Jack commented on Peter Wrench's blog post 'Record Store Day: Dave & Phil Alvin'
"Saw Dave and Phil along with Jon Langford, John Doe and Rick Shea do an acoustic show last week.  Dave and Phil did a few tunes off what promises to be a pretty good record.  If there are two guys whose musical sensibility you can trust on…"
Apr 22
Jim Moulton replied to Jack's discussion 'Un or under-heralded guitarists'
"Tom Crain"
Apr 11
Alan Balfour replied to Jack's discussion 'Un or under-heralded guitarists'
"I've been following this discussion in the hope of seeing the name Lonnie Johnson. "When you mention guitar, the first thing I think of is Lonnie Johnson (B.B. King). Thankfully recently published is a book about Lonnie his life, times and…"
Apr 10

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Never Mind The Grammy's, Here's Pat McLaughlin

Each year the Grammy's evoke the usual wide range of responses from disgust to indifference to praise.  Whatever.  It's the music industry's big wet kiss to itself and I expect a stew of the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of who is nominated, who wins, and what gets televised. That's just how it is. So, in the wake of the Grammy hoopala, here's an appreciation of Pat McLaughlin, one of my very favorite performers, an extremely talented songwriter, singer, and rhythm guitarist.  The kind…


Posted on February 12, 2013 at 9:30pm — 47 Comments

Phil Alvin hospitalized and recovering

Phil Alvin nearly left the proverbial building a few weeks ago when difficulty breathing turned quickly into an inability to breath, resulting in an emergency life saving tracheotomy and a week or so in ICU.  He remains hospitalized in Valencia, Spain.  The Blasters were on a tour of Europe, and the band has been with him.  He's said (by his brother Dave at his own show last night) to be recovering nicely with golden vocal cords intact, and is expected home in a week or so. Here's a series…


Posted on July 2, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Pet Peeve: the term "Americana" music - what precisely does it mean?

The term "Americana" gets used more pervasively on this site than does "billion" by our congressmen, and I tend to wonder if either word is truly understood.  "Americana" appears to include a billion different things and exclude very few.  The more I read and hear the word "Americana" as applied to music, the more I understand where the "whatever that is" used by the No Depression magazine came from, though the answer is no more clear now than it was then. 

Before continuing, let me…


Posted on January 10, 2011 at 9:00am — 80 Comments

Record Stores With Actual Inventory of NEW Music - Where Art Thou?

As a teenager in Buffalo during the 70's, the early days of my music buying, er, hobby, like in most cities, there were many record store chains and mom and pop shops. You could find wondrous things fairly easily. The store clerks were fountains of knowledge. Except the ones touting Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Kansas. Around 1976, the Record Theater opened on Main St. in University Plaza across from the University of Buffalo. I recall them advertising the best possible selection with "over… Continue

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 12:00pm — 29 Comments

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At 12:26pm on January 23, 2014, W E B said…

Hi Jack, I never did get The Next 5 Miles as the only new copy available was going for $30.00 before shipping costs and a used copy was $18.00 and im not keen on used.

I like his material but i figured that was a little to steep.

Hope things are well with you and thanks for checking in. I am off to see Johnny Flynn tomorrow night in Michigan at a fairly small venue ( they can never be too small for my liking)  I am hoping to see and hear a good show.  


At 8:29am on January 3, 2013, NoDepression said…

Hi Jack,

Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your recent comments on a blog post here on No Depression. It means a lot to the folks who blog and post other content here to know that it's being noticed and appreciated. Since the majority of content on this site is crowd-sourced, community involvement is what makes everything here on ND possible. So, thanks again for taking the time to post comments - we really appreciate it!

- Lucca at No Depression

At 8:59am on March 26, 2012, Guy Neal Williams said…

If you really want to know about Chuck asking to have comments deleted, I'll tell you.  Added up to considerable friction between old friends.  Good call on James Deprato -- little sucker's hot isn't he?

At 6:37am on January 21, 2012, Hal Bogerd said…

Gooey ducks and 1 lb hotdogs......WFT would Freud say....or my wife?

I'm gonna have to stop posting pictures of food that looks like a penis.


At 4:51am on January 13, 2012, Lucky Mud said…


     thanks for writing. This place is a great little neighborhood to hang around in. A great place to learn things, too.         Mike

At 8:23pm on December 29, 2011, Hal Bogerd said…

Hey Jack-

Will you nominate my unrecorded album for a Grammy?


At 8:03am on June 4, 2011, Rick Shea said…

hi Jack, I'll be in Scotland for the 4th of July this year, sorry to miss it and Fitzgeralds, I'm hoping to get to Chicago soon, maybe the fall, I hope all is good and thanks for staying in touch, best, 

Rick Shea

At 7:15am on September 3, 2010, Rick Shea said…
hi Jack, Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate them. I'd love to get back to Oak Park again, I miss Fitzgeralds, let me know if you're out this way, best for now,
Rick Shea

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