Looking for America

Looking for America

(April 27, 2017) Among the few American songwriters who have profoundly impacted the American Songbook as I hazily define it, most would agree Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan are somewhere toward the top...

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(April 20, 2017) Humboldt has its own complicated and multifaceted relationship with its best-known cash crop. Whether you are hip enough to call it cannabis or still call it "the dope," it's tough...

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There and Back Again, a Musician's Tale

(April 13, 2017) We here in Humboldt are lucky. It's easy to forget but deep down we know that. We live in a rural part of the state that's hard to get to...

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Parties, Pre-Parties and Celebrations

(April 6, 2017) Thursday Get your string thing on tonight — sounds dirtier than I planned it — down at The Jam in Arcata where local string bands Thursday Night Bluegrass and The...

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The Godfather

(March 30, 2017) Just like many of you, I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard James Brown. I was a kid riding along in my mother's car in...

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Music in the Time of Crisis

(March 23, 2017) Every year it's harder to tell the next generation borrowing money for college is a good idea. Tuitions are on the rise — imagine them ever going down! — and...

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Don't Let Me Fall

(March 16, 2017) It's one of those great weekends where we have a chance to hear one of our hardworking local bands draw a line in the musical sand and commit its work...

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The Substitute

(March 9, 2017) One of the many things in life that make me feel overwhelming guilt is the fact that I don't make it out to many shows these days. (I won't spend...

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The Rebel Incubator

(March 2, 2017) June 12, 2003 should be a local holiday. On this day, a raucous and deafening cultural event took place, the immediate effects of which have been overshadowed by the...

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The Youngest

(February 23, 2017) As an independant musician (i.e. poor) I'm always rooting for the underdog. The unknown songwriter struggling to afford coffee in the morning. The musician who has fully let down...

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Balance in the Force

(February 16, 2017) Beatles or Stones? It's a silly question that's at least 50 years old. My wife answered "The Beatles" without hesitating. Yet it's one that haunts many of us music...

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