“Is The Guitar Really Lucky?”

Here’s how it went down. Back in 1999, I bought an old 1964 Gibson B-25 acoustic guitar from a tall Tennessean named Bucky Baxter. I fell for Bucky and his playing when I would go see all of these Bob Dylan shows over the second half of the 1990s. Like, dozens of shows. Bucky played the mandolin, the pedal steel, the lap steel and guitar for Bob, and gave his live sound this very particular, slightly country sound. Rock ’n’ roll, with a hint of twang, a deep groove, snap [...] Read More

Seven Playlists for Your Next Writing Project

As a writer, I find that words distract me. What?  Yes. I'm easily distracted by words. If there's a TV on, I'm subconsciously listening. If there's a conversation going on, I can't not hear it. And, of course, if a song has words, my mind is following (and maybe singing) them. I'm on a quest to devour as many words as possible, and I can't save me from me. That's why I listen to instrumental music when I write (which is like, a lot). So I've compiled my most-frequented playlists and albums. [...] Read More