2014 Favorites of Year

To download the full issue pdf, click HERE. FAVORITE ALBUMS “Numbered Doors,” by Lori McKenna and “Milltowns,” by Mark Erelli These two locally produced albums are as authentic and moving as any released nationally. After making two very personal albums, McKenna steps back a bit, lyrically creeping around the hallways of hotels and motels capturing [...]

Look out Nashville, Lori McKenna has arrived… (But she still belongs to Boston!)

  To download the full issue pdf, click HERE A recording session is stopped abruptly, and a new-to-town songwriter is introduced, brought in to “fix” the projected hit song for Miss Rayna James, Nashville’s Queen of Country Music. The stranger doesn’t fit the mold of the shiny country music scene: She is short, dark-haired, and [...]

Issue No. 38, December 2014

  To download the full issue pdf, click HERE I have a plot idea for the TV show “Nashville” to save it from cancellation. But before we go there, I have admit something that may make you cringe … I am a fan – or was a fan – of the show. I’m kind of [...]

One music fan’s boycott of Spotify

I won’t listen to Spotify. In fact, I am personally boycotting it. I’m sure the music streaming executives are quaking in their collective boots over my decision. “Yeah, there go a couple thousand streams we won’t get. Boohoo!” It doesn’t seem to bother Spotify or Pandora that they are ripping off musicians by underpaying them [...]

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  • 2014 Favorites of Year

    2014 Favorites of Year

    To download the full issue pdf, click HERE. FAVORITE ALBUMS “Numbered Doors,” by Lori McKenna and “Milltowns,” by Mark Erelli These two locally produced albums are as authentic and moving as any released nationally. After making two very personal albums, McKenna steps back a bit, lyrically creeping around the hallways of hotels and motels capturing [...]

  • Look out Nashville, Lori McKenna has arrived… (But she still belongs to Boston!)

    Look out Nashville, Lori McKenna has arrived… (But she still belongs to Boston!)

      To download the full issue pdf, click HERE A recording session is stopped abruptly, and a new-to-town songwriter is introduced, brought in to “fix” the projected hit song for Miss Rayna James, Nashville’s Queen of Country Music. The stranger doesn’t fit the mold of the shiny country music scene: She is short, dark-haired, and [...]

  • Issue No. 38, December 2014

    Issue No. 38, December 2014

      To download the full issue pdf, click HERE I have a plot idea for the TV show “Nashville” to save it from cancellation. But before we go there, I have admit something that may make you cringe … I am a fan – or was a fan – of the show. I’m kind of [...]

  • One music fan’s boycott of Spotify

    One music fan’s boycott of Spotify

    I won’t listen to Spotify. In fact, I am personally boycotting it. I’m sure the music streaming executives are quaking in their collective boots over my decision. “Yeah, there go a couple thousand streams we won’t get. Boohoo!” It doesn’t seem to bother Spotify or Pandora that they are ripping off musicians by underpaying them [...]

  • Two New England festivals are all about the music

    Two New England festivals are all about the music

    Here in the New England, we have no Bonnaroo, no Coachella, no Lollapalooza, no New Orleans Jazz Festival: summer music extravaganzas with lineups filled with pop superstars, celebrity spotting and amusement park activities. We don’t have venues like Red Rocks in Colorado or The Gorge in Washington state, where the vistas are even more amazing [...]

  • Getting to Know… Brendan Hogan, WUMB-FM DJ

    Getting to Know… Brendan Hogan, WUMB-FM DJ

    If you live in the Boston area and like folk, blues and singer-songwriters – both current and classic – there’s a good chance you already listen to the radio station WUMB (91.9 FM; www.wumb.org). If you do listen, hopefully you’ve heard DJ Brendan Hogan, who hosts the evening 7-10 p.m. shift. The depth and breadth [...]

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  • 11/29-12/3 Allman Brothers, Orpheum; 12/3 The David Wax Museum, Arlington Street Church; 12/8 Ryan Adams, Orpheum; 12/10 Justin Townes Earle, Royale; 12/12-13  Gillian Welch, Wilbur Theatre; 12/14 Noam Pikelny and Friends; 12/31 Lucero, Paradise; 12/31 Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Calvin Theatre; 1/20 Jeff Foucault and Kris Delmhorst, Me & Thee Coffeehouse; 2/17 [...]

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