Guitarist Martin Barre on COVID and 50 Years of Jethro Tull

The unexpected upside of not having set foot inside of a live music venue for eight months has been rediscovering records that I had fallen out of touch with over the years. Sure, plenty of artists have chosen to release new music during the pandemic, but there’s something exhilarating about getting reacquainted with an album … Continue reading Guitarist Martin Barre on COVID and 50 Years of Jethro Tull

Grief In the Time of COVID

“Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back.” – Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City” (1982) In her 1963 book, “Not Quite Posthumous Letter to My Daughter,” author Caitlin Thomas set out to write a manifesto in which every morsel of matriarchal wisdom that her 50-year-old self had accumulated up to that point … Continue reading Grief In the Time of COVID

The Fab 50

Calling a funeral home at 3:30 a.m. to arrange the cremation of your 17-week-old daughter is something that no human being should ever have to do, but I did it, and I’m still here. Despite feeling as if I’ll never be the same again, I’ve soldiered on in the face of inscrutable tragedy to reach … Continue reading The Fab 50

Blues Comin’ Down: A conversation with legendary Bay Area bluesman Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker has seen some shit. He made a name for himself within the Bay Area music scene when he was just 16-years-old and played alongside luminaries such as John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, and Muddy Waters, so, when he speaks his piece on how COVID-19 has decimated the industry, he knows what he’s … Continue reading Blues Comin’ Down: A conversation with legendary Bay Area bluesman Joe Louis Walker

Ten Years Gone: Vinny Appice pays tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio on the 10th anniversary of his death

  “This is your life This is your time What if the flame won’t last forever? This is your here This is your now Let it be magical” When Ronnie James Dio sang those words in 1996’s “This Is Your Life,” he couldn’t possibly have imagined how affirming they would be to a kid from … Continue reading Ten Years Gone: Vinny Appice pays tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio on the 10th anniversary of his death