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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 [...]

An ode to songs with dates in them

An ode to songs with dates in them

A video was posted of Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billie Joe” on June 3rd, the date prominently mentioned in the song. It got us thinking… How many more songs are out there with dates in them? After scanning the Web for any such lists, it became apparent that many were vastly incomplete. With the [...]

What happens when a band on the rise finds out its name is an obscure racial stereotype?

What happens when a band on the rise finds out its name is an obscure racial stereotype?

Meet Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the [...]

Issue 37, August 2014

Issue 37, August 2014

To download the full issue pdf, click HERE When I started Modern Acoustic, way back in 2004, one of my main objectives was not to be like every other music magazine, which fills their pages with fluffy profiles of bands and overblown CD reviews in order to get as many eyeballs, website hits, and likes [...]

Patty Griffin and Parker Millsap at Prescott Park; Sarah Borges at Book & Bar

Patty Griffin and Parker Millsap at Prescott Park; Sarah Borges at Book & Bar

It was one of those most magical of evenings. Outside, 70 or so degrees, beside the ocean, sun about to set, your favorite concert buddies sitting alongside you. Oh, and it just happens to be the summer solstice. Then, Patty Griffin strides on stage, breaks your heart and lifts you up, again and again. I [...]

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 [...]

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