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Alejandro Escovedo & The Minus 5 @ City Winery / Nashville, TN / January 14, 2017

These days, I keep asking myself if the rock music I know and love is soon gonna die. Ironically, I believe its demise may be the result of there both being not enough and too much of the good old stuff. I observe the “not enough” every time I review the local concert calendar or […]

Jason Isbell @ Franklin Theatre / Franklin TN / January 9, 2017

Attending my first concert of 2017 was a challenge. The first and only e-mail warning about this special benefit show at the Franklin Theatre arrived in my inbox at 10am on a Friday with the short notice that tickets were going on sale at noon. Surely, this scant two hours warning would keep things under […]

R.I.P.: Greg Trooper

Singer-songwriter Greg Trooper passed away on January 15, 2017, just two days after his 61st birthday. Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Trooper lived and worked out of Nashville in the 90s and 00s. Back then, he released some records that were among the best from the early days of what we all started to call […]

R.I.P.: Merle Haggard

Well, add classic country music legend Merle Haggard to the list of artists who have passed on this year. Sadly, the man who helped create the Bakersfield Sound died today on his 79th birthday. At this rate, next year’s Grammy Awards segment on obits will take the show into overtime. Merle was certainly a legend, […]

Bob Mehr @ Howlin’ Books / Nashville, TN / April 2, 2016

(Author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements with special musical guests: Bright Little Field and Tommy Womack) Listening to Bob Mehr talk about The Replacements put me back under the spell that reading his fabulous book had me under. It was also like group therapy to be in a room full of […]

John Mayall @ City Winery / Nashville TN / March 8, 2016

Recently, I got involved with a thread about which of rock’s founding fathers I have seen live in concert. Not those who sold millions of records, but those who helped build the foundation of rock and roll. At the time, I felt quite fortunate about who I had seen. But now, my list now seems […]

ON THE ROAD: Hamilton Park House Concerts / Staten Island, NY / Jill Sobule (March 19, 2016) and James Maddock (March 20, 2016)

Those who know me know of my frequent trips home to see my parents In New Jersey. In addition to the quality family time, the evenings usually offer me time to exploit the New York area for my two passions: pizza and music. New York music plans start at http://www.pollstar.com, and this time the site […]