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

Herb Pederson on Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Garcia, and More

nodepression.com — Herb Pedersen just finished an exciting tour playing with Tom Petty and Mudcrutch. Yet, I wonder how many Mudcrutch fans at those incredible full-blown rock shows now remember the name of the talented backup singer, acoustic guitarist and banjoist who stood on the far right of the stage.

How 9/11 could have been prevented, and why the airline safety system still isn’t fixed

gazette.com — The 9/11 terror attacks could have been stopped if airlines, airports and the Federal Aviation Administration had heeded intelligence warnings and fixed airport security holes, according to former federal security agents.

Andy Pratt on the Beach Boys, Steve Winwood, and More

nodepression.com — Many people who know Andy Pratt's music most likely became aware of his artistry through the song "Avenging Annie." The odd song, featuring Pratt's piercing falsetto, demanded attention and was a minor FM hit on his self-titled 1973 album. In a recent interview, Pratt tells me where that falsetto came from.

John Batdorf on the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, More

nodepression.com — Richard Nixon was president and gas was 35 cents per gallon, but John Batdorf has not forgotten the glories of New York's majestic Carnegie Hall as he performed on stage in 1972. "It was a long time ago with Batdorf & Rodney opening for the Youngbloods," he recalls.

Suitcase Junket on Jack White, Buddy Guy, and More

nodepression.com — Watching Matt Lorenz perform in his one-man band in a small, crowded club - Daryl's House in Pawling, New York - it's difficult to determine what instruments he is playing. I will let him explain. "I'm sitting on a suitcase and playing it as a bass drum with my right heel," says Lorenz who performs under the name Suitcase Junket.

Bradley Airport’s Makeover: Will You 'Love the Journey'?

connecticutmag.com — Photo by Rollin Tebbetts It may sound like a spa - a luxury lounge, massage and rocking chairs, relaxing colors on the walls, and a choice of craft beers. Few would guess it's Bradley International Airport. Connecticut's biggest airport is in the midst of a makeover that's come just in time.

Frazey Ford on Neil Young, D'Angelo, and More

nodepression.com — Frazey Ford sees her two solo albums after departing from the Be Good Tanyas as very different works. The singer-songwriter, who had been one-third of the Vancouver, BC-based folk, country, and blues group, released her first solo album, Obadiah, in 2010 and followed with Indian Ocean four years later.

David Muse (Firefall) on Marshall Tucker Band, George Harrison, More

nodepression.com — Article - The Boulder, Colorado, music scene bubbled over with talented musicians in the early to mid-1970s. Many became legends in local clubs in the stunningly beautiful city next to the Rocky Mountains, but one group - Firefall - captured the ears of the entire country.

Danny O'Keefe on Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, and the NRA

nodepression.com — One of America's most underrated songwriters, Danny O'Keefe has been creating albums for about 50 years. His most recent release, 2015's Light Leaves the West, shows he has not lost his touch and is one of the finest in his vast catalog.

Phil Campbell (The Temperance Movement) on the Stones, Black Crowes, More

nodepression.com — The Temperance Movement can slow it down for some tasty ballads, but the British band makes no bones about what it does best: loud, bluesy rock and roll. "Our music and our attitude is rock and roll," says Glasgow-born lead singer Phil Campbell. "We love making noise and playing shows.
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Sep 19, 2016

Who has played on more albums than any other musician? I nominate #HerbPedersen featured in @nodepression here:  http://bit.ly/2ckseVd 

Sep 14, 2016

@DrJillStein Heard you would like to see a new 9/11 investigation? It happened:  http://bit.ly/2csbWYq 

Sep 02, 2016

If you haven't caught the act of @mylesdavid make it a priority!

Sep 02, 2016

Big #Buffs trying to get back to prominence: @RunRalphieRun doing it handily tonight against @CSUFootball

Sep 01, 2016

Afraid to venture this but could this be another Miracle @Mets regular season?


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