Award-winning journalist who pioneered investigative travel reporting, publisher, No Depression music columnist. Formerly at USA Today.

David Bowie at the Montreal Forum Stands Out in Michael Timmins’ Mind — Michael Timmins sees the newest Cowboy Junkies album, Notes Falling Slow, as "a nice stepping stone to whatever our next recording project will be." The four-disc Notes Falling Slow, released in October, follows 2012's wonderful five-disc box set, The Nomad Series.

Pink Floyd, Emmylou Harris Influenced Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Monica Heldal — Monica Heldal's 2014 debut album, Boy from the North, was described as part Americana, part bluegrass, and part Irish folk. But the Norwegian singer-songwriter points to another genre when discussing the best concert she has seen. Heldal, who is releasing a new single, "Jimmy Got Home," on Jan.

Roosevelt Dime Totes the Influence of Antibalas, Doc Watson, More — Roosevelt Dime's Eben Pariser may always remember his 22nd birthday. It was 2005, Brooklyn had become his new home, and he was at the hip borough's now defunct club Southpaw in Park Slope. He was celebrating his birthday watching Antibalas perform, and he says it was the best rock concert he has ever seen.

Peter Rowan on the Country Gentlemen, Doc Watson, and Chuck Berry — It wasn't the weather for hitchhiking, but that didn't stop Peter Rowan, one cold winter night in the early 1960s. "I hitchhiked from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York - way upstate - all the way down to Washington, D.C., one February around 1962 to see the Country Gentleman play at the Shamrock Bar on M Street, next to the White Castle burger joint," he says.
Jan 13, 2016

Legendary #PeterRowan remembers his roots, #BillMonroe and other bluegrass greats in @nodepression article:

For Clive Gregson of Any Trouble, It was Marvin Gaye and the Who — On Any Trouble's new double album, Present Tense, longtime fans "will recognize our typical hallmarks - jangly guitars, melody, mostly uptempo tunes," bandleader Clive Gregson says. "It's perhaps a bit more reflective and mature [than previous albums] in the writing and performances, and there is no outside producer," Gregson says about the release on London-based label Cherry Red Records.

Webb Wilder: "Work Hard, Rock Hard, Eat Hard, Sleep Hard, Grow Big, Wear Glasses" — There were many reasons for the six-year gap between Webb Wilder's new album, Mississippi Moderne, and 2009's More Like Me, but the years that passed may have been the glue that solidified the most recent release on Landslide Records. "The first studio we began work in burned!" Wilder exclaims to me.

David Corley: "The Bionic Man Returns" — It was certainly not the grand finale David Corley envisioned when he embarked on his first European tour to support his highly acclaimed debut album, Available Light. Before his final song at the TakeRoot festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, on Sept. 12, Corley said to the 2,000 people in the audience: "This is incredible.

Stephen Stills: Sparkle and Fade, and Sparkle Again — Stephen Stills was once my favorite musician. That was long ago. I was a little too young to appreciate his first acclaimed group, Buffalo Springfield, but I loved what he delivered in Crosby, Stills and Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Rick Roberts: Boost of Confidence Came from Jackson Browne — Sitting in Red Rocks amphitheater at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in 1975, I was mesmerized by the Colorado venue's natural beauty and the rugged rock and roll of the Stephen Stills Band. Then band member Rick Roberts stepped to the microphone to sing "Colorado," and the night became even more enchanting.

Chlamydia, Syphilis Rates Rise; Gonorrhea Numbers Drop — The number of syphilis and chlamydia cases increased statewide last year as the number of gonorrhea cases dropped slightly, according to newly released figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nationally, the number of cases involving all three common sexually transmitted diseases increased for the first time since 2006, the CDC reports.
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Jan 21, 2016

@JonHeyman There's only 1 reaction from a Muts fan: Dump The Wlpons and Sand In His Eyes.

Jan 17, 2016

It's amazing: the impact of #DavidBowie passing on the world. His influence was more massive than many realized until his death.

Jan 13, 2016

Legendary #PeterRowan remembers his roots, #BillMonroe and other bluegrass greats in @nodepression article:

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