How I Bought My First Vulgar Boatmen Record

Having an "official" favorite band used to be important. When I went to high school back in the 1980s, it was common to dress in accordance with your favorite band or style of music - Dead Head, Metal Head, Goth…

The Vulgar Boatmen - A Personal History: Part I 

My friend Marc’s freshman dorm room was a half a flight of stairs from the front door. If he was around, his door would be open and there would be music playing. You couldn’t come or go from our dorm…

September is Vulgar Boatmen Awareness Month 

Last year I declared September 23rd to be National Vulgar Boatmen Appreciation Day. (Casual Readers: The Vulgar Boatmen have a song titled “23rd of September.”) 

The point of Vulgar Boatmen awareness month is to highlight the fact that our language…

Remembering D. C. Fitzgerald

Today, August 31st, would have been my friend and guitar teacher D.C. Fitzgerald’s 75th birthday. Our Lord took him home on November 13th, 2006. 

In my opinion, he is one of the all-time greats in American Music. A singer, songwriter…

Interview with Jacob Stempky (aka Jebbh Mixus)

I first read about The Mixus Brothers in the Pittsburgh City Paper several years ago. The article interested me enough to check out their music. Their laid-back “we’re just a couple of dads making music on the side” description of…

Lori McKenna Makes Me Cry

Lori McKenna makes cry – in a good “It’s a Wonderful Life” way. The kind of cry when you realize that the love and generosity of people is greater than you thought. Love is big. You are small. Even though…

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

James and I finally got to watch "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band." I had wanted to see it in the theater, but that was then.

I've loved The Band since I was 14. I've read every book…

How Do They Do It?

When I read interviews with other musicians and artists, I always want to ask, "How do you do it? How do you fit everything into your life - job, family, etc..." I'm going to try to ask other artists these

The Holiday Cafe

The Deep Roots are scheduled to open for the Evan Dean Band at the Pleasant Hills Community Day on Saturday, August 8th (Covid permitting). James and I will also be at Scout Camp in West Virginia the week before. That's…