Three music thoughts in four days

Hopefully, people will read this and won’t think, “wow, this guy is old and cranky.” That is not true – at least the second part. It just happens that in a few days I had some musical experiences that hit me in a way that made me reflect on music now and then. Goodbye, Sister [...]

Joan’s arc

In praise of the underappreciated Joan Osborne I recently went to see a band called Trigger Hippy at a concert hall in Boston. As a band, they are not well known. In fact, the band members actually haven’t been a band for very long. But there’s a good chance music fans will know at least [...]

The Lone cure

Photo by Reid Simpson/Hear and There Photography   The Lone Bellow made quite an impression in 2013 – even winning over the guy with a bad case of Americana Exhaustion I complained a lot this year. I was hurting and desperate. It wasn’t my fault. I suffered from a bad case of Americana Exhaustion in [...]

2013 Favorites of the Year

Favorite Album: Patty Griffin, “American Kid’’ Anyone who follows Modern Acoustic knows just where I stand on Patty. Two words: voice crush. My god, listen to “Wild Old Dog.” The song kills me. It’s so sad, and her voice just brings me to the verge of tears – every time. Many of the songs here – [...]

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  • Three music thoughts in four days

    Three music thoughts in four days

    Hopefully, people will read this and won’t think, “wow, this guy is old and cranky.” That is not true – at least the second part. It just happens that in a few days I had some musical experiences that hit me in a way that made me reflect on music now and then. Goodbye, Sister [...]

  • Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne

    Joan’s arc

    In praise of the underappreciated Joan Osborne I recently went to see a band called Trigger Hippy at a concert hall in Boston. As a band, they are not well known. In fact, the band members actually haven’t been a band for very long. But there’s a good chance music fans will know at least [...]

  • The Lone cure

    The Lone cure

    Photo by Reid Simpson/Hear and There Photography   The Lone Bellow made quite an impression in 2013 – even winning over the guy with a bad case of Americana Exhaustion I complained a lot this year. I was hurting and desperate. It wasn’t my fault. I suffered from a bad case of Americana Exhaustion in [...]

  • 2013 Favorites of the Year

    2013 Favorites of the Year

    Favorite Album: Patty Griffin, “American Kid’’ Anyone who follows Modern Acoustic knows just where I stand on Patty. Two words: voice crush. My god, listen to “Wild Old Dog.” The song kills me. It’s so sad, and her voice just brings me to the verge of tears – every time. Many of the songs here – [...]

  • Issue No. 36, December 2013

    Issue No. 36, December 2013

    To see the full issue pdf, click HERE. This year, Hanukkah came early. My musical inspiration came very late, but I’m very excited about this gift. All year, I had been looking for an artist that moved me, really moved me –  the way Gillian Welch and Patty Griffin had done in the past. I [...]

  • Furthur, more or less

    Furthur, more or less

    Returning to the scene of the Dead 30 years later I went back with some misgivings – no Jerry Garcia will do that to even the most ardent of Deadheads. I’d seen the video clips, heard Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s vocals on those Jerry songs we hold sacred. Was that a keyboard part where [...]

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