Local musician and Harp Guitar virtuoso Tom Shinness passed away last evening after a sudden short illness. A true master at this most unusual instrument, Tom’s music served as a soothing and spiritual healing for his many local fans. Watch Tom play his signature instrument, a 1913 Gibson Harp Guitar. As nice a man as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Song lyrics sometimes relate to or tell a story about a certain time period. This time can be historic, literary, nostalgic or perhaps even personal to the songwriter. On occasion, songwriters have made this time reference the title of their song. So here’s the drill: a list of songs whose title is nothing more than […]

In late 2013 and early 2014, I got a second chance in life when I finally got to see the great late-70s New York-based band, Television, not once, but twice. The band I saw in Athens, GA and Nashville, contained three of the four original members. Missing was lead guitarist Richard Lloyd who had parted […]

I was once a young college student on an often easily-distracted quest for knowledge. Courtesy of my school’s Student Programming Board budget, I was also offered the opportunity for some additional free non-accredited independent study in music. While the school did bring in some big touring acts to its big gym which cost a few […]