Music Articles and Reviews

Music Reviews

For the full text of my reviews, please see my music blog MusicalInspirations.

Music Articles

  • Read “Tom Russell: On Mesabi, the singer-songwriter pairs songs about fallen idols and drug violence across the border with a rich, cinematic mix of Tex-Mex guitar and exotic instrumentation” in Acoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “Over the Rhine: Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiller conjure fresh approaches to their soulful, American-roots-influenced pop” in Acoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “The Giving Tree Band: Rootsy, timeless acoustic music from an eight-piece ensemble with a focus on sustainable living” in Acoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “Black Prairie: Featuring members of the Decemberists, Black Prairie crafts spooky, cinematic acoustic music” in Acoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplin: Inspired by the indelible Appalachian groove of an old Bascomb Lamar Lunsford tune, three Nashville veterans fashioned an exuberant acoustic-roots album that topped the Americana radio charts” inAcoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “Leo Kotke and Mike Gordon: The premier fingerpicker and the smiling face of improvised rock bass do it again–this time with a calypso vibe” in Guitar World here.
  • Read “World Guitar Ensemble: Crossing Borders and Genres with a New Guitar Orchestra” in Acoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque: Seven Boats: Unclassifiable classical duo is ignited by world rhythms and jazz” in Acoustic Guitar magazine here.
  • Read “Ditty Bops: Sugar and Spice” in Guitar World here.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine


Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics, October 2014
Steve Baughman, Farewell to Orkney, January 2014


Al Petteway, It’s Only the Blues, January 2013
Giving Tree Band, Vacilador, January 2013
Carlos Barbosa-Lima and the Havana String Quartet, Leo Brouwer: Beatlerianas, August  2013
Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor, The Colonel and the Governor, October 2013
Acoustic Guitar Summit, O, Christmas Three, December 2013
Growling Old Men, Chicken Feed and Bailing Twine, December 2013


Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Little Blue Egg, May 2012
David Olney, The Stone, August  2012
Peter Mulvey, The Good Stuff, September 2012
Adam Miller, Delayed, October 2012


Teddy Thompson, Bella, April 2011
Steve Dawson, Nightshade, August  2011
Melissa Ferrick, Still Right Here, December 2011


Frazey Ford, Obadiah, December 2010
Tift Merritt, See You on the Moon, September 2010
Kaki King, Junior,  September 2010
Carrie Rodriguez, Love and Circumstance, August 2010
Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence, May 2010
Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra, New World Flamenco,  April 2010
Lyle Lovett, Natural Forces, March 2010


Tom Russell, Blood and Candle Smoke,  December 2009
Catherine MacLellan, Water in the Ground, November 2009
Vanessa Lowe, Eep, November 2009
Michelle Shocked, Soul of My Soul, August 2009
Eilen Jewell, Sea of Tears, June 1, 2009
Ben Kweller, Changing Horses, June 2009
Cadillac Sky, Gravity’s Our Enemy, February 1, 2009


Tim O’Brien, Chameleon, November 2008
Samantha Crain, The Confiscation, November 2008
Kaki King, Dreaming of Revenge, November 2008
James Jackson Toth, Waiting in Vain, September 2008
Jose Gonzalez, In Our Nature, March 2008
Nick Lowe, At My Age, February 2008
Teddy Thompson, Upfront and Down Low, February 2008
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Big Old Life, January 2008
Nina Nastasia and Jim White, You Follow Me, January 2008


King Wilkie, Low Country Suite, December 2007
John Prine and Mac Wiseman, Standard Songs for Average People, October 2007
Al Petteway & Amy White, Land of the Sky, May 2007
Guy Clark, Workbench Songs, February 2007


The Duhks, Migrations, December 2006
Kaki King, until we felt red, December 2006
Peter Mulvey, The Knuckleball Suite, September 2006
Melissa Greener, Fall from the Sky, August 2006
Darol Angers, Republic of Strings, August 2006
Tom Russell, Love and Fear, July 2006
Lynn Miles, Love Sweet Love, June 2006
Mark OConnors Hot Swing Trio, Live in New York, April 2006
Various Artists, Tone Poets, January 2006


Nickel Creek, Why Should the Fire Die, December 2005
Tim OBrien, Cornbread Nation and Fiddlers Green, December 2005
Badi Assad, Verde, November 2005
Darrell Scott, Danny Thompson, Kenny Malone: Live in NC, August 2005
Bill Horvitz, Tuolumne Songs, May 2005
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Delirium, May 2005
Al Petteway and Amy White, Acoustic Journey, April 2005
Yonder Mountain String Band, Mountain Tracks, Vol. 3, April 2005
Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau, Oh My, March 2005
Joyce Andersen and Harvey Reid, Kindling the Fire, February 2005
Ray Bonneville, Roll It Down, January 2005


Dave Alvin, Ashgrove, December 2004
Shawn Camp, Live at the Station Inn, December 2004
Paul Bourdeau and Shane Simpson, Wild Rice, November 2004
Men of Steel, Live, Men of Steel, October 2004
Eliza Gilkyson, Land of Milk and Honey, October 2004
Jose Luis Encinas, Travesura Chill, September 2004
Tom Russell, Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs, August 2004
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Been All Around This World, August 2004
Michael Fix, Web of Dreams, July 2004
El McMeen, Dancing the Strings, Celtic to Contemporary, June 2004
Various Artists, Flatpicking Favorites: Hot and Spicy, May 2004
Strunz and Farah, Rio de Colores, April 2004
Natalie MacMaster, Blueprint, March 2004
Doug Cox and Todd Butler, Dobro and Guitar, February 2004
The Creaking Tree String Quartet, The Creaking Tree String Quartet, January 2004
Acoustic Eidolon, Joy to the World, January 2004


Mad Agnes, Magic Hour, December 2003
Tim OBrien, Traveler, November 2003
Tom Russell, Modern Art, July 2003
Andrew Hardin, Just Like This Train, April 2003

Minor 7th


Michael Chapdelaine, Counterpoint Boundaries

Scott Danger Bravo, Acoustisexual

Eric Bibb, Global Griot 



Christie Lenée, Stay

Andrea Mele, DREAM

Yasmin Williams, Unwind

Kaki King, Live at Berklee

Frederic Hand, Samatureya


Mark Lemaire, Equinox, Pieces for Guitar, Volume 2

Bill Cooley, In Search of Home

Jonathan Sargent, Little Cathedrals

Andy Manndorff, Pandora

Daryl Kellie & Jon Hart, Set Adrift

Peter Bradley Adams, A Face Like Mine

Emma Rush, Canadiana

David Youngman, Christmas


Ian Ethan Case, Run Toward the Mountains

Olivier Giry, Chrysalides

Kris Schulz, While the City Sleeps

Julien Régnier-Krief, Ratmott Suite


Helen Avakian, Notes from Helen

New Latitude, Convergence

Hiroya Tsukamoto, Places

Pino Forastiere, Deconstruction

Eric Tingstad, Mississippi

Johannes Linstead, Midnight Rhumba


Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Almost There
Hiroya Tsukamoto, Places
Johannes Linstead, Midnight Rhumba
Adam Cantor, Sceyence
Derek Coombs Say it Out
Don Ross, PS 15
Andy McKee, Mythmaker
Claude Laflamme, Hors-d’oeuvre 
Scott Morris, Phonolog, The Music of Erik Satie for Guitar 


Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Duo, Blackmail
Calum Graham & Don Ross, 12:34
KC Craine, Guitar Notes 
Doug Smith & Mark Hanson, Guitar Confluence, Live
Leonel Lorador, Suave
Scott Morris, Phonology: The Music of Erik Satie for Guitar
Luke Trimble & Matthew Keating, Lines, Color & Form


Doug Young, Closing Time
Duo Amaral, Súplica
Hiroya Tsukamoto, Solo
Jim McLennan, Six-String Gumbo
Ewan Dobson, III, CandyRat Records
Andrew Deevey, While My (Acoustic) Guitar Gently Weeps
Maneli Jamal, The Lamaj Movement
Marius Noss Gunderson, Visual Music
GuitArt QuArtet, Gismontiana
Andrew Hardin, Lost Pines
Les Frères Méduses, Modern Guitar Duets
Danny Combs, Chasing Guitar
Various Artists, The Water is Wide


Julio Azcano, Nadear
Michael Fix, Two Timing
Craig D’Andrea, Craig D’Andrea …and the B.L.T.s
Buzz Turner, The View From Here


Scott Nygaard & Crow Molly, Scott Nygaard & Crow Molly