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The Royal Family of Guitar In a Festive Mood

After a half-century at the pole position of the guitar quartet, Los Romeros have finally recorded their first Christmas album. If ever an ensemble was capable of making you believe in the validity of Christmas again, this is it.
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

The First ‘First Thanksgiving’

THE FIRST 'FIRST THANKSGIVING'--More than half a century before the Pilgrims landed on American shores, Spanish settlers in what is now St. Augustine, Florida, celebrated a lavish Thanksgiving dinner celebration and Mass of Tha...
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘Our Spirit Refuses to Die’: Declaring A National Day of Mourning

The story of the National Day of Mourning marked by Native Americans on the fourth Thursday of November begins in November 1970, the 350th anniversary of 'the first Thanksgiving,' with the suppressed speech of Wamsutta (Frank B...
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘Now Our Minds Are One’: A Native American Thanksgiving Liturgy

A meaningful call-and-response prayer from the Haudenosaunee native tradition to give some persepctive on thanks and PRovidence this Thanksgiving Day.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Learning to Savor Thanksgiving:

Learning to savor Thanksgiving: Two Native Americans explain how they have embraced certain aspects of the white man's Thanksgiving rituals.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Blues In All Flavors

British bluesman Ian Siegal returns to North Mississippi's Zebra Ranch Studio, where he is joined by Cody and Luther Dickinson and proceeds to top his 2011 gem, The Skinny, with some new, profound, gutbucket hill country blues.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Off the Beaten Path, As Usual

Exploring America’s blue highways and coming back with songs that have and will endure, some ever-present in our collective memory, some orphaned by time but always primed for adoption by loving practitioners such as these.
by David McGee
 

 

 

With Purpose and Passion

"We were just raising some funds for this amazing junior high school on two Sunday afternoons with the student body and teachers also in attendance,” Darrell Scott writes in the liner copy. It may indeed have been as casual a...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Forevermore

His voice belongs to the ages now: Cleveland Duncan, lead tenor of The Penguins, died on November 6, shortly after casting his ballot in the Presidential election. Remembering the great lead singer who made 'Earth Angel' immortal.
by David McGee