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New Year, More Music

As you may know, I have been honored as the 2015 recipient of the Keeping the Blue Alive Award for Journalism given by the international Blues Foundation. I'm so very appreciative of and touched by the recognition that the award itself means as well as at the outpouring of enthusiasm for me from friends, artists I respect and fans of my work. Lincoln musician Marty Steinhausen of the Tijuana Gigolos surprised me...


Listen Up

In early December, Austin's Jon Dee Graham played Lincoln's Zoo Bar to a moderate-sized but rapt Monday crowd. Then Graham and his touring partner / booking agent Mike June hit the road and crisscrossed Iowa, playing everywhere from Iowa City's iconic The Mill to the Depot Deli in Shenandoah, Iowa.


My visit to the Depot Deli made me think about local “DIY” concert spaces. In Omaha, Dean Dobmeier's and Gary...


<p>Keeping the Blues Alive Award winner B.J. Huchtemann</p> Seeking the Magic ~  Fostering the Scene

Anyone in the Omaha/Lincoln music scene who has had the good fortune of befriending B.J. Huchtemann knows just how dedicated she is to Roots music. You can see it at every show she attends. From her own big band roots to a college epiphany and her immersion in roots music, Huchtemann’s lifetime of work is about to receive one of the highest honors in music journalism.

On Friday, Jan. 23, Huchtemann will receive the...


20 Music Visions for 2015

Imagine, if you will, the uncanny ability to see into the future, to know what's going to happen before it happens. It's an awesome talent that comes with great responsibility, kind of like being Spider-Man. But before we gaze into my crystal Fender Squire (it's cheap, but it works), let's score last year's predictions for 2014: 

2014 Prediction: Look for MTV to emerge as a primary launching pad for premiering new...


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