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Come On, Get Happy


  By Iain Patience    Harry P. Traum is unlikely to register with many, a name that slips past with neither a nod nor even a glance, perhaps. Shorten it, … Read more

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Madeleine Peyroux by Shervin Lainez

Madeleine Peyroux, Living the Parisian Dream

By Iain Patience   Twenty years ago, Madeleine Peyroux exploded onto the music scene with her debut album, Dreamland, attracting enormous world-wide acclaim and critical praise. Catapulted from virtual obscurity … Read more

Dolly Parton

Hello, Dolly!

Dolly Parton, with 25 certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum Recording Industry Association of America awards, has sold more than 100 million albums, but prefers her life “Pure & Simple”… which … Read more


Hanging out with the Hackensaw Boys

  Since 1999, the Hackensaw Boys have been making old-time string band music influenced by their home in the rolling hills of Virginia. The Boys came back strong for this year’s Charismo, the … Read more

ruby dee

Ruby Dee Makes an Award-Winning Comeback

By Jim Hynes  Ruby Dee, the frontwoman for Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers, suffered a devastating- though relatively undetectable- head injury eight years ago. Now, with her latest album, Little … Read more

Ben Harper by Danny Clinch

Ben Harper Speaks His Mind

Ben Harper by Danny Clinch   By Iain Patience Talking with Ben Harper, you get the immediate feeling that he’s a guy with opinions, a relaxed take on life and … Read more

Photos by Sonny Portacio/Courtesy Museum of Making Music

The Almighty Dreadnought Turns 100

By Meghan Roos There once lived a Hawaiian musician named Major Kealakai who had a vision for what his guitar could sound like. Like all others making music in the … Read more


Streetlight Cadence Steps into the Spotlight

  By Brenda Hillegas   Blending together alternative, folk and pop to create their incredibly unique sound, this quartet (Jonathon Franklin on violin, Brian Webb on cello, Jesse Shiroma on accordion … Read more

Peter Case, Los Angeles, 12 August 2015.

Case In Point

By Mike Cobb Peter Case is one of America’s greatest living singer/songwriters. In the early 1970s, he founded the seminal pre-punk band the Nerves, later went on to front the … Read more


David Bromberg Turns Back to the Blues

By Iain Patience  “Worldwide domination,” says David Bromberg when I ask what he hopes to achieve with the release of his latest album, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing but … Read more