Loudon Wainwright III Outshines the Daylight in Intimate Novato Performance

“Ever get the feeling we’re all vampires?” Loudon Wainwright asks the sold-out audience in the small performance venue at HopMonk in Novato. He’s referencing the streaks of sunlight squeezing into the room around the edges of the blackout curtains that cover the windows. It’s a matinee show with a 1pm start time, which must be […]

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Interview: Todd Snider on Returning to the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, Cash Cabin Vol. III, and Life Imitating Jerry Jeff Walker

  Todd Snider on Returning to the Devil’s Backbone Tavern, Cash Cabin Vol. III, and Life Imitating Jerry Jeff Walker The singer will return to his old Hill Country haunt for shows on February 13th, 14th, and 15th; Photo by Dave Nowels   Like a Todd Snider song, Todd Snider in conversation can slip effortlessly […]

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REVIEW: H.R. Gertner’s “Sink or Swim” is Vivid Imagery and Countrified Philosophy

Last year, in a review of H.R. Gertner’s Two Dimes for a Nickel, I called the Florida singer-songwriter’s dirtbag brand of folk poetry “Trailer Park Shakespeare.” In his newest release Sink or Swim, we see a gentler and more refined Gertner – one who isn’t singing about meth head ex-girlfriends or apologizing for waking up […]

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