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Wisconsin’s most folktastic music tradition

The venerable Cafe Carpe in Ft. Atkinson hosts Milwaukeean Peter Mulvey and a folking ton of his friends every December for what they call “Lamplighter Sessions.” Mulvey and gang take over the joint and offer, in the case of 2012, twelve nights of music over three weeks at the Carpe, with artists swapping songs and […]

Thursday Music: June 6th???

I hope not, but it could get ugly. Especially if Kathy Nickolaus “finds” a bunch of uncounted ballots in open bags… in the trunk of her car… again…

or, if you prefer

Thursday Music: Two Local Shows You Should See

I have been going to the Cafe Carpe in Ft. Atkinson for almost 20 years now. I’ve seen many greats in that tiny, 50-person room, from Greg Brown to John Gorka, and occasionally played there myself. It is without question one of the best listening rooms in America.

This weekend, Bill & Kitty & the […]

Thursday Music: “Sprung From Cages on Highway 9″

Continuing my fascination with odd covers… Try this one out. Frankie Goes to Hollywood does Born to Run

Thursday Music: …Chasing the Moonlight…

My old college roommate (Hi Tom!) used to say that the two things Neil Young can’t do is sing or play guitar, but other than that, he’s great! I tended to disagree with him on that point. And my friend Tim says “Neil spits a lot when he sings! It’s like a Gallagher show.”

Me? […]

Thursday Music: Big Country – Fields of Fire (400 Miles) LIVE

“…a bleeding heart will never die…”

Thursday Music: Shameless Self-Promotion

One of the sad things about not having my own blog anymore is I can’t use it to relentlessly flog my own performances. But I will take a moment on this Thursday Music Thursday to do a very brief bit of self-promotion.

This Saturday night, May 5, the songwriting collective to which I belong holds […]

Thursday Music: Yes – Roundabout (Live!)

Progressive rock at it’s finest! For those, like me, who can’t get enough Yes, Jon Anderson will be coming to The Pabst on June 3rd.

Thursday Music: She’ll Get a Hold On You… Believe It!

I’m a total sucker for this song… Phil & Philip together.

But what I love about Phil Collins is this: he was recently interviewed and said he was tired of being Phil Collins.

He is already taking steps. When he started dating his girlfriend, Dana Tyler, a TV newscaster from New York, he said to […]

Music Thursday, RIP Levon Helm

Ophelia, from The Last Waltz: