Paleo for Rock Stars

Come January, I’m going Paleo. Given the choice between continuing to take a bunch of pills every day for the rest of my life or suspending my skepticism for a month to eat only what my caveman forefathers ate, I’ll…

Everything I Learned about Education I Learned from Rock and Roll

Working part-time from home the last nine months has enabled me to observe more closely my kid’s education. We’ve been homeschooling for more than 10 years, so the pandemic didn’t really change the way we do business. 

What I’ve noticed…


Sly, an enormous yellow lab, started out 

as a golden ball of fur with papers 

naming him Sylvester Buttercream. 


Sly is the name we call him, although 

there is nothing Sly about his intentions 

as he bounces across the room 

Greatest Song of the 90s - Back on the Flat

“Back on the Flat” is my pick for the greatest song to come out of the 1990s. 

And I’ve heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Alive,” and “All Around the World” etc… 

That I would make such a statement is a…

Remember The Blackwells

Above: Flyer from our appearance on the WYEP Lunchtime Concert Series.

Between February 1995 and June 1996 The Blackwells played 50 shows in Western, PA at some of the most historic clubs in the Pittsburgh: The Decade, Graffiti, The Bloomfield…

25th Anniversary of Blue Margins by The Blackwells - Side One

Above: Vintage Steve Everett-designed flyer. Before the internet age, this was how you promoted gigs. The line in The Deep Roots song, "Over Our Heads," references these flyers. "Hanging flyers, we'll make it big, but no one came to our

25th Anniversary of Blue Margins by The Blackwells - Intro

The Blackwells: from left to right: Mark Sullivan, Steve Everett, Marc Nelson, and Andrew Plonsky.

I’m a child of the box-set era. The CD-reissue era, with bonus tracks, photo, essays, and linear notes. Rhino Compilations were made for people like…

Sleeplore: New Project from Clyde Rosencrance

“One of the biggest changes that I’ve seen in the recording industry in the last 10 to 15 years has been the loss of specialization,” said Clyde Rosencrance, Producer and Engineer at Republic Audio Studio in Clarks Summit PA.