DEAD MOON

BY AARON SEMER:: When Fred Cole spits out the lyric “Goddamn, I hate the blues!” you feel it in your bones. Fred and Toody, and Dead Moon sing the blues — the Columbia River Delta Blues. It’s not pretty. It’s the cry of the hard scrabble Northwest. Down there on the Washington/Oregon border where the river meets the […]

BY MICHAEL WOHL In Japan, there is an informal term — Living National Treasure — to describe in short individuals certified as “Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties”. Were there such a thing in the United States, a good place to start with nominations would be with Fred and Toody Cole, the rock n’ roll husband […]

BY MICHAEL WOHL This is the second installment of a three-part series on American guitarist John Fahey (1939 – 2001). Our intent is to shed light not only on John’s prolific career as an innovative guitarist and composer, but also as a musicologist/folklorist, record label honcho, and time traveling talent scout whose efforts launched and revitalized […]

BY GREG VANDY & MICHAEL WOHL This is the first installment of a three-part series on American guitarist John Fahey (1939 – 2001). Our intent is to shed light not only on John’s prolific career as an innovative guitarist and composer, but also as a musicologist/folklorist, record label honcho, and time traveling talent scout whose efforts […]