Category Archives: musicians

Short Shot of Shawn Colvin

“If there were no music, Then I could not get through…” We’re headed up to Colorado Springs today to see Shawn Colvin in concert tonight.  Several years ago, she admitted she preferred sharing a stage with another singer-songwriter over solo … Continue reading

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Hazy Memories of Dillo Daze, 50 Years On

A baggie of pot sat on the floor just a few feet away. Someone dropped it, I figured, looking around to see if anyone else spotted it yet. No, and the baggie was kinda of perched precariously in the walkway … Continue reading

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Scott, My Brother & Musical Pied Piper (part 2)

Part 1 offered a quick snapshot, that’s all. I could never fully list all of the bands my brother introduced me to. His early combos played most mid-60s rock staples like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Doors, Buffalo … Continue reading

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Scott, My Brother & Musical Pied Piper (part 1)

Although neither of our parents played music, we grew up hearing it. Dad listened to Nat King Cole and Spike Jones and Mom hummed hymns and sang along with the radio. They bought a piano and signed both Scott and me … Continue reading

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Fleeting Glimpses of Nanci

In the wake of Nanci Griffith’s death yesterday, people are remembering her through her songs. Many musicians are sharing personal stories of her kindness and generosity, especially in helping other musicians get started or receive recognition. I myself shared several … Continue reading

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Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan

My earliest impression of Bob Dylan was as a songwriter. Mostly, I heard the cover versions of his songs first, recorded & released as pop tunes by folks like the Byrds, Turtles, and Peter, Paul, Mary. Like many listeners, I … Continue reading

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Sing a Song of Skip Spence

Listen, my friends…TURN IT UP! Today would have been Alex “Skip” Spence‘s 75th birthday — had he survived this long. He died in 1999, two days short of his 53rd birthday but not before he left a lasting legacy in … Continue reading

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Another McMurtry of Note

My recent post about Larry McMurtry didn’t even mention his noted songwriter son. That was deliberate, and easy enough to do since Larry left more than enough of a legacy long ago. But his son, James McMurtry, is carving out … Continue reading

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Living on Virtual Live Music

It’s been over a year since our first COVID fatality here in the United States. Over 500,000 American deaths later, we are all still reeling from the effects of the spreading contagion even as we await vaccinations and, hopefully, reaching … Continue reading

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Day of the un-Dead

About this time, I should be sweltering in the sun amidst the growing crowd in Folsom Field, waiting for our second show of the weekend from Dead & Company. Of course, due to COVID cancellations, that is not what I’m … Continue reading

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