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September 16, 2019

"When I lived in Austin in the early 90s, Daniel Johnston hovered over the place like a ghost. He made his name there in the 80s but had since been institutionalized after clubbing a friend with a lead pipe or baptizing himself in a fountain on campus. Equally feloniou...

May 15, 2019

 (photo by Glen Hansard borrowed from WFUV.org)

Got word yesterday that Joe Henry has begun a different sort of journey.  So I wanted to send a love letter, get well card, fan’s note, or whatever you want to call it as a form of support.

As bad as the 80s were, they stil...

January 8, 2019

If you are inclined to have a peek, here is my Phawker review of Margo Price’s recent show at the World Café:  Usually it’s music journos who try their hand at music … I’m on a reverse course here.  King Midas in Reverse.  Anyway, I don’t really mean what I suggest abo...

September 19, 2018

Train Army:

And, say, check out my debut on Phawker.

I’ve never had a chance to write about Joe Ely or the Flatlanders and jumped at the opportunity when editor-in-chief of Phawker, Jonathan Valania, asked me to write something on Ely’s new archival release called Full C...

July 11, 2018

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hardcore Elvis Costello fan.  I’ve been trailing him closely (fanatically!) ever since I heard the song “Opportunity” (from Get Happy) come out of my transistor radio courtesy of DC101.  It was 1980 and it felt like some kinda oppo...

November 26, 2017

I was devastated to hear of Tommy Keene's passing the day before Thanksgiving.

I first encountered Tommy in 1986.  He was the support act for Aztec Camera at a shabby old movie theatre converted to a concert venue in Washington, DC.  I was eager to see Roddy Frame and h...

February 15, 2017

I moved to Pennsylvania in 1992.  I decided it was time to read John Updike.  I began with Rabbit, Run and it knocked me out.  Maybe it was my age at the time (close to Rabbit’s) or something else but I’d never encountered a character that felt so real to me.  I was ea...

November 4, 2016

Night Three, No 2 Unalike, Friday, November 6th at Fergie's Pub

Tom T. Hall's “Mama Bake a Pie” and my own “Don't He Look Good”

Tom T. Hall once said that some people can travel around the world and see nothing and other people can walk around the block and see the wor...

October 9, 2016

Night Three, No 2 Unalike, Friday, November 6th at Fergie's Pub
John Stewart's “Draft Age” and my own “Mulloy”

In addition to leading me into the Sugar Ditch with his Sketches of Route 66 lp, John Stewart was also the initial inspiration for John Train's Mesopotamia B...

September 10, 2016

Night Four, No 2 Unalike, Saturday, November 7th @ Fergie's Pub
The Clash “The Call Up” and my own “The Sign Up”

Everyone's got their Joe Strummer story.  I might as well throw my into the ring.  It was 1988 and I somehow found myself in London with a girl who I was cer...

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