‘The Barber of Seville’ and its Timeless Quality

Even those possessing little more than a passing familiarity with opera will recognize parts of The Barber of Seville. Composed by Gioachino Rossini and premiering in Rome in 1816, the […]

Album Review: Rick Wakeman — A Gallery of the Imagination

Rick Wakeman is staggeringly prolific. I defy anyone to absorb his entire body of work; hell, even coming up with an accurate count on the number of albums he’s released […]

Album Review: Connie Han — Secrets of Inanna

There was a time when jazz was edgy, boundary-pushing and even threatening (albeit in a good way). Some may disagree, but other than free jazz – which is frankly too […]

Acoustic Syndicate’s Natural Crossover

Since forming in 1992, North Carolina quartet Acoustic Syndicate has cultivated and developed a musical style that draws from a wide array of genres and styles; the band has never […]

Blue Ridge Guitar Camp with Bryan Sutton

Note: This is the second of two features (originally written for two different publications) focusing on the June 2022 Blue Ridge Guitar Camp and Celebration. — bk Though he’s closely […]

Bryan Sutton’s Guitar Camp and Celebration

Note: This feature was written as a preview for events that took place the first week of June 2022. — bk One of the brightest stars in the bluegrass/Americana galaxy […]

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2021: Archival Releases

This has been a good year for archival and reissue releases. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a roundup of those, so here’s one to help bring the […]

Avery Roberson: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Fan

The following feature appeared as the cover story in the August 2021 issue of Bold Life magazine. When a musical personality debuts on one of television’s popular competition programs — […]

Book Review: That Thin Wild Mercury Sound: Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde

One of the most confounding and inscrutable of all artists, Bob Dylan and his body of work defy simple descriptions. Of course that hasn’t stopped journalists, academics and critics from […]

Acoustic Syndicate’s Deep Roots are Positively Growing

Acoustic Syndicate has been defying genre stereotypes for more than a quarter century. The beloved Western North Carolina group has been claimed by fans of bluegrass as well as the […]