July 23, 2012

Jen Tucker: Bohemian Highway

In the early part of 2011, I got a call from singer-songwriter Jen Tucker. She had been referred to me because she wanted to record an album of original songs. We set up a session; just Jen and her guitar with a dozen or so tunes. The first song we tracked was called “Fallen Down”. […]

July 17, 2012

Greenhouse: Dreams & High Hopes

In the Winter of 2008, Greenhouse was recording their album Dreams & High Hopes at my studio, Jackalope Records. One cold Sonoma County Sunday morning, a piper (a dude that played the bagpipes) was scheduled to come in and lay some bag on a few Greenhouse tracks. “How do you do?”, the piper said.  And […]

July 16, 2012

Widmer Brothers: Not Just Hefe

You are, no doubt, familiar with Widmer’s Hefeweizen, that extremely cloudy, exceptionally fresh, brew which when served ice cold with a lemon slice on a hot summer day, might be about one of the best thirst quenchers around, but these folks are far more than that, and the breadth of their selections is impressive. Back […]

July 9, 2012

Moss Henry

A few years ago I participated in a local concert called “Golden Protest”, an evening of local singer/songwriters performing songs in opposition to the war in Iraq. One of the performers was Moss Henry. He plays the acoustic guitar and has a voice reminiscent of Bruce Cockburn. What really stuck with me was the songs; […]

July 6, 2012

Aye, now there’s a rub!

Right up there on the list of Barbecue essentials, (alongside that refrigerator door full of Marinades), are rubs. A rub is a combination of spices, seasonings and herbs that add flavor and texture to meats. Spice rubs are most often used when grilling or smoking Meat, Poultry, or Fish. There are an endless number of […]

July 3, 2012

Green Efforts: Trinity Oaks Winery

What better time to enjoy a cold glass of fresh, crisp, cold chardonnay then in the middle of summer; or, a bold, robust glass of red to partner with your favorite BBQ eats? Three of Trinity Oak’s wonderful wines will be on sale for the month of July, ensuring no matter what the occasion, you […]

June 26, 2012

Jason Bodlovich Group: Moby Ahab

Guitarist Jason Bodlovich released a CD in 2003 called “Blues For Dexter”. It is a labor-of-love tribute to legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon. The first thing that I noticed when I looked at the CD was that Ray Brown, one of the most esteemed bass players in all of jazz history, was a member of […]

June 19, 2012

Sonoma Grown: John Courage & the Great Plains

A few weeks ago while sitting at my desk at The Last Record Store, some new music wafted through the air that caught my attention. As I walked from the back room to the front of the store, I tried to guess who this splendid music was by. Amos Lee? Ryan Adams?? I was pleasantly […]

June 11, 2012

Green Efforts: Elemental Herbs

Warm weather is upon us and we are ready. June’s Green Item’s are essential for enjoying the wonderful weather. Protecting yourself from the sun allows for day after day of outdoor enjoyment. We will be highlighting and having sales on a different Elemental product each week of June. So you can stock up on all […]

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