2017 was a great year for the blues. As it draws to a close, here are my picks for the best blues albums that came out. It's wonderful to see artists old and new putting out great music.
If you think there's no good music today, you aren't looking hard enough. Here are a few musicians making music today that may even satisfy people spoiled by the great music they grew up with.
Each person would probably have their own unique choices, but this is my top ten list of my all-time favorite break-up songs. If my love left me, this is what I'd be playing.
Do a search for “The Blues,” you will get a list of dead guys. This might lead one to believe that the The Blues is music of the past. Wrong. The Blues is alive, and so are these blues musicians.
Murder Ballads are a longstanding tradition in country and bluegrass music. Certainly every genre has a few of them.
Drinking alcohol is a popular pastime, and a popular topic for a song. This is not everybody's Drinking Song list. It is an eclectic group, crossing genres and generations.
Rain in a song can mean many things. It can be gentle and welcome, or violent and threatening. It can represent human emotions like love, loss or grief. Enough rain is sure to give you the blues.
The whole downtown area of Nevada City, California is a Historic Landmark. It is home to many unique buildings dating from the Gold Rush.
Music is a big part of the Christmas season, but when you get tired of the usual syrupy Christmas carols, maybe it's time to take a little break with the low down Christmas blues.
Music contributes so much to life; it's only fitting that it should be part of death. These are songs that contemplate the past and celebrate a life well-lived. Songs you could play at a funeral
When gold was discovered in California in 1848, men from every profession, and every part of the world, responded to its allure. Many knew very little about mining and few struck it rich.
Stockings are the best part of Christmas morning for some people in my family. My kids loved them when they were little, and that's still the first thing they look for now that they are grown.
A pre-fab gingerbread kit looks easy, but they can be challenging. Here are a few tips, gleaned from painful experience. I hope this information is helpful, in case you want to try one.
There was something really magical happening with music in the 60s and early 70s. Psychedelic Rock music gave voice to the dreams of an idealistic, if unrealistic generation.
In search of nature in the Bay Area? Marin Headlands, Mt. Tamalpais, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay are all state and national parks within a two hour drive of San Francisco.
Any girl who's father is absent from her life is missing something. Don't ever think that she is not aware of his absence. Never think it does not affect her.
Vintage radios are so beautiful, they were made to be pleasing to the eye as well as the ear. A radio was made like fine furniture, a treasured possession that brought the family together.
Make unique Halloween decorations by upcycling plastic milk jugs into Jack-O-Lanterns. A great way to reuse something that would normally be considered trash.
The 1960s were a time of change politically and socially, It was a new era for Television. Even kid's TV was leaving behind the "Leave it to Beaver" innocence and addressing more edgy social concerns.
The Blues is alive! There is a great energy, and diversity of styles within the modern blues genre. That is demonstrated by these ten brilliant, but very different, contemporary blues artists.
After traveling on a motorcycle and camping for over 30 years, I've learned a few things about what to take when motorcycle camping. I hope my list is helpful.
I am a lazy gardener. Every plant on this page has been personally stress tested by me. They are hardy, and easy to care for. They require little water and are distasteful to deer.
By doing a White Elephant Gift Exchange you can save money and make your holiday party less stressful and more fun and memorable.
Homemade Santa, Snowmen and other Christmas ornaments from dried gourds, sea urchins and starfish.
Making hand-crafted Christmas ornaments is a fun way to spend time with your family and get in to the holiday spirit. These ornaments are simple to make, and kids will love to see them on your tree.
When you are in the middle of a coughing spasm, and you can't seem to catch your breath, it's easy to panic. This method helps calm your breathing and get the coughing under control so you can rest.
Symbrachydactyly is a congenital hand malformation that occurs in 1 in 32,000 births. I was born with this condition, and this is my story.
When you have UTI symptoms, but lab tests show no bacteria, there is no easy solution. However, there are ways to cope. This is my personal journey to wellness.
Buying used furniture can be a good way to save money, and you may even end up getting better furniture than you would if you bought it new.
22 states and the District of Columbia passed legislation allowing patients to use cannabis as medicine. But what about the science? Is marijuana really medicine, or is it just an excuse to get high?
With a little organization and consistency you can can clean your house a lot faster and with a lot less effort. Here are a few tip from a former "pro."
In 1851, at a time when there were only 25 women in a booming mining camp of 5000 men, one of those women was accused of murder, and became the only woman in California ever to be unlawfully hanged.
Highway 101—The Redwood Highway in Northern California offers many cheesy and family-friendly roadside attractions among the giant redwoods.
This is an easy to follow step-by-step guide to putting down your new peel and stick vinyl tile flooring yourself, no matter what your skill level. I did it, and so can you!
How useful or accurate is the history we learned in school? Why should we study history?
Rust is beautiful, old objects that have been discarded in bygone days can be re-purposed as yard art. One man's junk is truly another man's treasure.
By shopping sales and buying in bulk you can save money and still eat better. Building a stockpile can save you money and help you be prepared for any natural or man-made disaster or economic crisis.
How to make beautiful non traditional Easter egg decorations that last long after all the jelly beans are gone. Instructions for blowing out the eggs, silk dyeing, hand painting and making decoupage hanging egg...
This spectacular ruby-colored, early-American pattern glass can add beauty and interest to your decor, and it is fun and affordable to find and collect.
Factory farming consumes large quantities of fuel and wastes resources. Modern industrial farming practices are inhumane to animals and damage the environment. Eating locally grown foods makes sense.
Modern farming methods rely heavily on the European Honey Bee for pollination, but the honey bee population is in peril and the cause of the problem is not well understood. Modern farming methods do not currently...
Simple and detailed step by step instructions, with photos, on how to make home made apple pie. Instructions for the pie crust and a crumb topping, from scratch, are included. No experience necessary!
With a little time and patience you can teach your cat-chasing dog to accept and even enjoy having a kitten as a member of the household.
We've all experienced a short-term power outage, but what kind of problems would we have if the power was out for a week, or even longer? We depend on electricity for a lot more than lights and TV.
Shinto's pet food is a pet super-food made from organic, locally grown ingredients. Lindsey McClerin began making it in her home when her own dog had a life-threatening illness. Now her dog is a healthy 16-year-old and...
Taking too many OTC medicines together can make you feel worse, not better. To avoid that weird feeling, choose the medicine that is most appropriate for your symptoms.
The Knucklehead was 53 years old when we rode it from our home in Nevada City to Sturgis South Dakota in the year 2000. It was a journey of over 1200 miles one-way. This is the story of our trip and what we took with us.
We rode the '47 Knucklehead to the Redwood Run up in Humboldt County California every year from 1984 to 1999. Those were some great times.
This is a description (with pictures) of my experience with my dog Chopper. He is a "pugsund," or "daug" — a dachshund-pug hybrid dog. I describe his physical traits, his character, and personality.
This is my honest, unsolicited opinion of my personal experience with Genie Bra and Pajama Jeans.
This is a simple Christmas craft project for kids. These cute reindeer were made from wooden clothespins. They can be as plain or fancy as you like.