Musician Interviews

Pharlee melds Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and others for their brand of psychedelic speed rock

San Diego’s newest heavy rock supergroup

You summon that heavy-metal-but-high-ballin’ sound of Deep Purple circa Machine Head, cover it with sweet thick-fug mysterioso, swell up the organ, and top off with a commanding female wailing through astral planes and supreme beings ...

Wayne “The Train” Hancock back on tracks

The deep-fried country singer/songwriter releases new album Slingin’ Rhythm

A 2014 motorcycle crash left Wayne “The Train” Hancock with a cracked sternum, fractured elbow, punctured left lung, and multiple broken ribs. “Yeah. I survived,” he relates, with a raspy laugh hinting at decades of ...

Nathan Hubbard’s Parker Meridien surprised to win Hip-Hop/Rap category at 2019 San Diego Music Awards

“When they called our name, it felt like opening a door to a surprise party”

Drummer/ bandleader Nathan Hubbard has had his share of success at the San Diego Music Awards in recent years, winning “Best Jazz” in 2017 for his album Furiously Dreaming, and in 2014 for his sprawling ...

Taylor Guitars’ master guitar designer, Andy Powers has built guitars for Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, Edge from U2 and others

“It’s a rare breed, with maybe a few hundred worldwide, and probably no more than three of us in San Diego.”

Andy Powers plays a little ditty he made up on the spot on a guitar he built by hand, in the home he rebuilt to perfection. Powers, who ranks among the best guitar makers in ...

Band Argument's analog-digital hybrid

“We have samples of banjos, steel drums, didgeridoos, flutes, and synths, among other things.”

“This project is an analog-digital hybrid,” says former Big Bad Buffalo drummer Jordan Krimston of his new group, Band Argument. “It’s a classic rock band setup — two guitars, bass, drums, vocals — but everything ...

Lizabeth Yandel's long road to San Diego

She plays, sings, and writes poetry and prose

Lizabeth Yandel's long road to San Diego

Lou Curtiss kept the music alive

RIP Folk Arts Rare Records co-founder

He championed young Tom Waits and countless others

Salt on the keys

All it took was one class for jazz pianist Danny Green

San Diego native Danny Green studied classical piano as a child, but flipped over to jazz, built up a base of local fans, and earlier this year released One Day It Will, mating his jazz ...

Düüns played for tweakers and random desert people

Also: Plunderbund, Haydo, Jamul, more from the Local Music Database

New band pages are added each week to the Reader's Local Music Database. It now numbers over 4900 entries, each with custom written bios, discographies, a local Video Jukebox, over 1,300 playable MP3s, more than ...

Country music was a bad word

Surviving Dils co-founder Chip Kinman on the legacy of cowpunkers Rank and File

“When we started Rank and File, nobody was blending country with anything remotely hip or alternative,” according to Chip Kinman, who says the band he formed with his brother Tony after their punk group the ...

Why the great composers collaborated with ballet

Charles McPherson on composing "A Night of Jazz and Dance

Although alto saxophone master Charles McPherson moved to San Diego in 1978, gigs in his adopted hometown (he was born in Joplin, Missouri, moved to Detroit and ultimately, New York City) are relatively few and ...