This New Year’s, Resolve To Give Yourself a Break

This New Year’s, Resolve To Give Yourself a Break

'Shooting for the moon with our New Year's resolutions and then falling short is a fast track to aggravation, self-loathing and the joyless consumption of massive quantities of week-old fruitcake,' writes contributing editor Mi...
by David McGee
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You Live On, Chet

Legendary music journalist/editor and country music authority CHET FLIPPO passed away on Wednesday in Nashville. David McGee offers a personal tribute.
by David McGee
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The Miracle Of Jesse Winchester

In tribute to the late, great JESSE WINCHESTER, we reprint this feature from the May 20 issue of TheBluegrassSpecial.com. Jesse said it was 'the best piece anyone's written about my music.' We don't know about that, but we'll t...
by David McGee
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Video Moment for the Ages

In 'When a Soldier Makes It Home' ARLO GUTHRIE reminds us of meaningful matters, and our editor remembers what the Vietnam War did to two of his high school buddies
by David McGee
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Revenge of the Band Geeks

The next time you hear anyone disparage or mock school marching bands, please, first, call them to account for the disrespect they show for what it takes to be part of a good marching band; and second, direct their attention to...
by David McGee
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Ranchers 4 Peace Charles Duncan and daughter Ray Duncan: ‘while our ranch ain’t exactly a real place you can find on a map, or travel to and see for yourself, you can often hear it plain enough.’

Ranchers 4 Peace Mark Trayvon Martin Anniversary, Ready 2nd EP

RANCHERS 4 PEACE, the father-daughter duo of Charles and Ray Duncan, marks the anniversary of the Trayvon Martin shooting and continues work on its new EP. Free download for Deep Roots readers.
by David McGee
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Sail On, Friend, Sail On

PHILIP CHEVRON, guitarist-songwriter for THE POGUES, lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 8. Herewith a friend reflects on the remarkable heart that made this Irish bard someone special indeed.
by David McGee
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How To Have Fun With a Serious Song (Field Notes from a Music Biz Life, Part 3)

In this installment of his autobiography, MICHAEL SIGMAN recounts some amusing incidents following in the wake of his father CARL SIGMAN's now-classic hit song 'EBB TIDE.' JERRY COLONNA makes an appearance.
by David McGee
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Video Moment for the Ages

From BURT BACHARACH's 1972 TV special, ANTHONY NEWLEY and SAMMY DAVIS JR. in once-in-a-lifetime golden moment, assaying classic selections from the Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse songbook.
by David McGee
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At Thanksgiving, ‘Signs of the Times’

'Signs of the Times'--Paul Laurence Dunbar's dialect poem in honor of Thanksgiving, originally published in his 1897 book of verse, Lyrics of a Lowly Life.
by David McGee
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Andrew Oldham: Stone Free At Last

ANDREW OLDHAM, the svelte, shadowy figure who guided the Rolling Stones from London's blues clubs to international infamy, has published the third volume of his memoirs, STONE FREE. MICHAEL SIGMAN tracks him down.
by David McGee
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Beatles ’64: Surmounting Media Skeptics, Fab Four Carve Out a Career

THE BEATLES were greeted by a skeptical, sometimes dismissive mainstream media as Beatlemania broke out abroad. On Feb. 9, 1964, the Fab Four dismissed the naysayers. Plus: The Beat Alls on The PowerPuff Girls.
by David McGee
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