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Merle Haggard at 78

Merle Haggard at 78

When I heard that Merle Haggard was going to play the Keswick Theatre just outside Philadelphia, I knew I had to go. I’m a firm believer in seeing the greats as many times as possible and at 78, and a lung cancer survivor, it is possible he might not make it to this side of...
On Jesse Winchester

On Jesse Winchester

It was either in late 1969 or early 1970, Rolling Stone, at the time the primary source of music news reported that Robbie Robertson was producing an album by Jesse Winchester, a draft resistor living in Canada.  That was enough to make me buy the album when it appeared later that year without hearing it. ...
Brandon Lee Adams carries on the tradition.

Brandon Lee Adams carries on the tradition.

Not long ago, I was discussing the future of country music with a good friend who’s been playing it for more than 40 years.  My concern was the greats we’d been listening to for most of our lives were departing, and that the stuff coming out of Nashville these days for the most part is...
Ry Cooder Live In San Francisco

Ry Cooder Live In San Francisco

Ry Cooder stopped touring on a regular basis several years ago, but every so often he likes to play at one of the best venues in the country, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  I was lucky enough to see him there five years ago with Nick Lowe. This is Cooder’s second live...
Why Garland Jeffreys

Why Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys September 25, 2013 World Café, Philadelphia, Pa So at this point it’s kind of ridiculous that after playing for four or five decades and showing – actually not showing but proving long ago that he’s up there with any of the poetic songwriters you care to name that Garland Jeffreys is still playing...
Borderline and the beginnings of Americana

Borderline and the beginnings of Americana

Borderline Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires. (Real Gone Music) by Peter Stone Brown Sometimes good albums and good musicians simply don’t get the attention they deserve.  Such is the case with Borderline, a group from Woodstock, New York who released Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires on a tiny subsidiary of United Artists called Avalanche in...
Van Morrison Gets Political

Van Morrison Gets Political

For Van Morrison, first and foremost, it’s always been about the music, and finding that magic place inside the music that takes you someplace else, outside yourself to the nameless realm beyond.  What many see as an aloof taciturn stage presence that at times seems more eccentric the older he gets has always been about...
Bob Dylan's Sly Trip To Hell On Earth

Bob Dylan’s Sly Trip To Hell On Earth

Tempest is Bob Dylan’s 34th studio album.  He has now been recording for half a century and if this album is an indication, he has no intention of slowing down.  It is an album that is like everything he’s ever done and at the same time like nothing he’s ever done.  It takes quite a...
Bob Dylan at Forest Hills, 40 Years Later

Bob Dylan at Forest Hills, 40 Years Later

[This article was written in 2005 and posted to various Bob Dylan forums for the 40th Anniversary of Dylan’s first live appearance following the Newport Folk Festival.] Forty-five years ago today, I got off a bus from camp at Union Square in New York City, handed my Dad my duffle bag, and with some other...
Of Doc Watson

Of Doc Watson

For the first half of my life that she was alive, my grandmother showed little interest in music except for watching the Lawrence Welk Show.  When we were very young and she would sit for us, it was a given that that she would watch the Lawrence Welk show and my brother and I would...
In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

In Memory of Donald “Duck” Dunn

If you own the rights to this photo, please contact and we will be happy to make arrangements. Late last night I logged onto Facebook, and was shocked to find out that legendary bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn had died in his sleep while on tour in Japan.  Dunn was one of the major forces...
Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records)  by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson Country Music (Rounder Records) by Peter Stone Brown

Willie Nelson has recorded, and continues to record, so many albums at what seems like an incredible rate of speed that it is not only difficult to keep up, but discern which albums are worth it.  However, every once in a while and sometimes more than once in a while, he’ll deliver a new album...