I jumped out of bed last night with an incredible thought! What if I wrote a blog – try to follow me now – that listed what I thought to be the best Americana albums of 2013? That would change […]
One of the things I look for in the music I choose to listen to are “connections”. Connections to the songwriters land, connections to the people, connections to family, connections to history. There seems to be an abundance of these […]
I happened to tell a younger friend and fellow self-professed musicologist the news that R.E.M. announced their breakup today and he said sarcastically that it’s been years since they’ve been relevant anyway. Well, I thought, maybe he’s right. Although their […]
How many times have you been stopped in your tracks by a song? I mean, left dumbfounded, unable to speak or move? Have you ever? It’s happened to me four times and I remember them all like it was yesterday. […]
Being a Boston boy, I’ve spent a good part of my musical life with Kristin Hersh. Her ground breaking band, Throwing Muses – which she fronted as a teenager with her step-sister Tanya Donelly – was a huge part of […]
Here it is, almost mid-June and no one has put forth a Best of 2010 mid-year list. Well then, I’ll give it a go. Feel free to correct me as needed… Best Reissue Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago (JUST KIDDING! […]
The first thing I did when I sat down to assemble my list was to count all the albums I begged, borrowed, bought, or stole during the past year and that number was err….surprising? shocking? embarassing? That number was 162 […]
The green leaves of the maple trees are turning red and that means that summer is ending and the new crop of back-to-school and end-of-the-year albums will be coming out in the weeks ahead. A lot of them have been […]
It’s impossible not to like the Duhks. Okay, for some people, maybe a combination of Celtic, gospel, Cajun, Middle Eastern, African, newgrass, waltzes, folk, and jigs might be too intense for a mellow Thursday night out, but really, whats not […]
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