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We’re Gonna Make It After All

MARTY BROWN emerges boldly and brilliantly on his first new studio album in 25 years, AMERICAN HIGHWAY, aided and abetted by the sure-handed production and musicality of JON TIVEN
by David McGee
 

 
 

On ‘The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Tourism’

DUNCAN STRAUSS interviews NATASHA DALY, Wildlife Crime reporter for National Geographic, about her blockbuster cover story, 'The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Tourism'
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2018, Pt. 1

Part 1 of the Deep Roots Elie-Half Hundred of 2018 features ROGER MCGUINN, MELODY GARDOT, RORY BLOCK, RODNEY CROWELL, et al.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2018, Pt. 2

Continuing the Elite Half-Hundred of 2018 with JUNIOR SISK, SARAH BORGES, SISTER SADIE, et al.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Deep Roots Albums of the Year, 2018

ROSANNE CASH’s brilliant She Remembers Everything is one of the Deep Roots Albums of the Year selections, making her a two-time Album of the Year honoree
by David McGee
 

 
 

Swingin’ and A-Surfin’, All Summer Long: Revisited

A fresh look at one of our 2014 summer picks, SUMMER BEACH PARTY, a collection of tunes from the beach movies of the '60s, with some curious omissions to account for.
by David McGee
 

 

 

In Trim: Bruce Brown’s Endless Epic

Writing for the defunct Longboard magazine in 2005, PAUL HOLMES captured the entire epic saga of the making of BRUCE BROWN's THE ENDLESS SUMMER, the greatest surfing film of them all.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Beautiful Music: Mr. Disney, Annette and ‘Tutti’

Part 2 of a two-part tribute to the late ANNETTE FUNICELLO, who died of multiple sclerosis at age 70 on April 8. This installment focuses on Annette's studio work with producer TUTTI CAMARATA.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Remembering Annette: Trailblazer. Dig It.

Part 1 of a two-part tribute to ANNETTE FUNICELLO, who succumbed to multiple sclerosis on April 8,2013, but left behind an admirable catalogue of well-crafted pop songs every bit as cool as she was.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Visit with Matthew Cordell to Talk About What is Still My Favorite Picture Book of the Year

An interview with Matthew Cordell, author/illustrator of our kids' lit blogger Jules's favorite book of the year, hello! hello!
by David McGee
 

 

 

Special Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service has honored RAY CHARLES with a Forever stamp, and Concord has marked the occasion with an interesting anthology, FOREVER.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Dazzling French Connection

After dazzling the opera world on stage last year, Belgium's SONYA YONCHEVA is doing it on record, with her debut album, PARIS, MON AMOUR--a different sort of French connection. Also: TRIO MEDIAEVAL.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Eternal Ache in Full, Glorious Flower

The timelessness of CARTER FAMILY songs is underscored in DON'T FORGET ME LITTLE DARLING, an homage by ANTIQUE PERSUASION, a trio of roots veterans that has made one of 2015's finest albums.
by David McGee
 

 
 

To Attract and To Intrigue

On THE ORIGIN OF ADJUSTABLE THINGS, jazz singer/composer JOANNA WALLFISCH, accompanied by pianist DAN TEPFER, offers new songs and inspired covers in a variety of styles.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Sustainable Agriculture News

The USDA is giving $35 million in funding to local and regional food systems, including farmers markets, but can farmers, especially small ones, make enough at those markets to make them worth their while?
by David McGee
 

 
 

You Have Come to The World. I Pour Out Praise for You.

BENEDICTINES OF MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES have created their third classic Christmas album in CAROLING AT EPHESUS. All proceeds go the order's building projects.
by David McGee
 

 

 

2013’s Elite Half-Hundred – Part I

Selections 1-25 of the 2013 Elite Half Hundred include THE BENEDICTINES OF MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES, STEEP CANYON RANGERS, DAILEY & VINCENT, ALAN JACKSON, et al.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Cautionary Tale of Jenny Wren

From his last published novel, Our Mutual Friend, comes the tale of Jenny Wren, a character Dickens uses to illustrate the damage adult alcoholics inflict on their offspring. Vividly drawn, altogether unforgettable, and the ins...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Cause and Effect

CAUSE AND EFFECT: When the sun spit out a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on Oct. 5, a brilliant aurora appeared three days later over Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. When Earth-directed, CMEs can affect electronic systems in sate...
by David McGee