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Well May the World Go: Remembering Pete

Pete Seeger at home in Beacon, NY with Jonah, 11 months and father Adam Green; October, 2013.

Pete Seeger at home in Beacon, NY with Jonah, 11 months and father Adam Green; October, 2013.

I had played the five-string banjo in just about every spare moment of my pre-medical education at U.C. Berkeley. Pete Seeger's records were my main teacher. Deciphering the techniques in his How to Play the Five-String Banjo would always lead me to his home address inside the back cover. After many years of waffling, I wrote to him in 1994. My letter described the friends I had made playing the banjo. I included the cassettes I had recorded of mostly knock-offs of his songs with a few of my own, and I described playing and singing with Read more [...]

Contact Forms Repaired!

Repairman gets it done

Repairman gets it done

Sincerest apologies for apparently ignoring folks who posted gigs or otherwise tried to contact me! My contact forms were broken, but have now been repaired. So have at it! Got a gig or music-related service? Post 'em. Want to just chat? I'm here.
—Jim Read more [...]

Song Brothers Song

The Gibson Brothers at The Old Time Pickin' Parlor; Nashville, TN. Eric and Leigh Gibson have opened up their hearts wide with They Called It Music (Compass Records, 2013), an exquisite album of aching songs recorded at the end of 2012, less than a year after the death of their father. The charging intuitive ensemble rings with lump-in-your-throat truths and Gibson trademark harmonies. The recording and mixing of the album make me Read more [...]

My Children and Yours

JoeJoe and Mark Saroyan, Christmas 2012; New York City Father Asbury used to play his guitar on Fridays during Religious Studies when I was in fourth grade. He'd strum with his fingers until they bled, while he led us singing "John Henry," "The Battle of New Orleans," and "This Little Light of Mine." Church Bazaars in October always had Armenian folk music with driving Turkish and Arabic rhythms on oud, kanoun, doumbek, clarinet and guitar. Line dancing late into the night preceded the Sunday liturgy Read more [...]

Quebe Sisters at the Triad

The Quebe Sisters Band at the Triad NYC, August 30, 2012There was nothing half-pint, half-assed or half-fast coming out of Texas on the Upper West side last night. If you saw Fort Worth natives, the Quebe Sisters at the Triad NYC, you'd know what I'm talking about. They shine like the sun. Pound like the rain. And let the yellow rose rest easy in retirement. Sometimes awesome talent and beauty can be intimidating. Their performance was relief and inspiration. Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe Read more [...]