| Oct 3, 2008
Nick Reynolds, who as a college student grabbed a guitar, donned a broad-striped button-down shirt and quickly helped propel the 1950s folk music revival to the top of the pop music charts as a founding member of the Kingston Trio, died Wednesday in San...
| May 18, 2008
JON BRION'S last night at Largo was epic. The singer-songwriter's free-for-all Fridays at the tiny Fairfax Avenue nightclub had been drawing capacity crowds for more than a decade, but his May 2 show was historic: his final turn before owner Mark Flanagan...
| Aug 22, 2009
Along the Arroyo Seco Parkway from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena is a collection of 19th century buildings saved from L.A.'s busy wrecking ball. At Heritage Square, which isn't a square, you'll find a house that isn't a rectangle. It's an octagon,...
| Aug 11, 2009
Mike Seeger, a folk musician, music historian and collector of traditional music who was a major influence on the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, died Friday of multiple myeloma at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75.
The younger half brother...
| Jun 14, 2009
Far Bright Star
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 208 pp., $23.95
"Thus far the summer of 1916 had been a siege of wrathy wind and heated air. Dust and light. Sand and light. Wind and light." So begins the story of Napoleon...
| Jun 7, 2009
Rock stars, Jazzers, Pachucos...they may have grown up somewhere else quaint, like Sandusky, Ohio, or Canada, but they made their mark herelived, created and died here. Music is as much a part of the L.A. legacy as film and television. From the bebop...
| Sep 14, 2009
| 11:23 AM
Sam Hinton, folk singer, songwriter, naturalist and San Diego civic treasure who delighted school children and folk-festival audiences for decades, has died. He was 92.
Hinton died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Albany in Northern...
| Sep 17, 2009
Mary Travers, the clarion-voiced female third of the quintessential folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary whose harmony-laden recordings of politically minded songs by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger ushered them to the top of the sales charts in the 1960s, died...
| Oct 26, 2009
The direct impact of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts is as plain as the joyful faces of the special-needs school's students, many of whom watch each year from an onstage riser placed right behind the performers.
Those faces were...
| Nov 11, 2009
'Banjo Fred" Starner, an economics professor and banjo-playing folk singer who documented hobo music and culture, has died. He was 72.
Starner, of Winnetka, died Oct. 25 at a West Hills rehabilitation facility of complications from pneumonia and the...
| Nov 30, 2009
Bess Lomax Hawes, a musician and folklorist who tapped into the legacy of her influential family of archivists and became a prominent anthropologist at what is now Cal State Northridge, has died. She was 88.
Hawes, who directed folk and traditional...