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11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Steve Forbert

Photo by Matt Wade For those of you too young to remember, during the 70’s there was this horrible journalistic cliché that whenever a talented new singer-songwriter who played in a folk vein came along, he was dubbed to be the “New Bob Dylan.” One of those young men whose career managed to survive this […]

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / October 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 & 15, 2017

It was “Jason Week” at the Ryman, and I would not have missed every moment of it for the world. In fact, the common thread amongst the contingent of faithful fans like me who showed up every night for all six shows was just that it just wouldn’t feel right any other way. After successfully […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Elizabeth Cook

I am just crazy about Elizabeth Cook in so many ways. In addition to loving her music, she’s just so dang funny and cute. We also share the common love of accounting! Did you know that in the late 90s she worked as an accountant in the Nashville office of PricewaterhouseCoopers? Since coming to town, […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: James Haggerty

When I moved to Nashville in the late 90s, one of the first musicians I ever got to know was masterful bass player James Haggerty. Initially discovering him as a member of Joe, Marc’s Brother, he soon would earn the distinction of having played bass at one time or another in several of my favorite […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Nathan Conrad (Spoken Nerd)

It’s time to bring some musical diversity to “11 Questions.” Welcome my long-time friend and perhaps the only hip-hop/rap artist I may ever bring my sometimes-narrow taste to appreciate, Mr. Nathan Conrad, better known as the Spoken Nerd. Nathan is a clever young man who brings an often-whimsical flair to this art form. He is […]

R.I.P.: Tom Petty

On Sunday night, I was at the Nashville City Winery watching a great show by Chris Hillman. The founding member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers was there celebrating his new release which is a great collection of songs produced earlier this year by Tom Petty. For a moment, I fantasized how cool […]

Van Morrison: Ascend Amphitheatre / Nashville TN / September 14, 2017

The only other time I saw Van Morrison in concert was in 1974 at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, a mere 43 years before this Music City show. Back then, I sat in the front row for a set by Van and a band he called the Caledonia Express. When they returned to the […]