Ifs, Ands, or Butts

At 70 years plus, Butts Giraud was about to get into a van and go to a gig with his band, the Real Deal. He’d learned to play harmonica and now, not only was he a leading member of the band, but did the booking and had released an album, Silver Magic, drafting...

Miss America For Donald Trump

“Before I congratulate her on being crowned Miss America, I would like to ask her a few questions.” “Thank you very much. I’d just like to say I want world peace and to create a world where children can grow up healthy and happy.”...

Vinyl

Well, why has there been a resurgence in the appearance and sales of the vinyl record? I asked. Nobody had a real significant answer. There were a lot of little reasons, most you’ve heard before. A record in good condition, played on a good turntable sounds...

rock star

On TV, on radio, in newspapers, I’ve been hearing/reading a lot lately about how you can live like a rock star. What does this mean? What do rock stars live like? Is it understood that somehow most rock stars live a life different from you and me? Different...

West Coast Best 2008

I have tried to use care in making this list. As I was making it, more and more titles came to me, encompassing a wide variety of styles. For instance there is credible reggae by the Daniel Wesley Band and Empire Alley, bluegrass by Shearwater, singer songwriter...

another reality

 Tyler Hicks has been dropped by J,  Rex Goudie will record his third album independently, Jordin Sparks’ first album initially struggled, has anybody heard Brian Melo’s first album? Winning at American or Canadian Idol isn’t reality. What comes next...