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Facebook etiquette for live music fans and musicians

Performing musicians rely on social media to connect with their audience, and fans love that kind of direct communication with artists—it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. But as with most aspects of human social interaction, things can get…awkward on social media. People can be insensitive and even rude to those they mean to support, without realizing...

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Cheap Trick cover with Phil Henry Acoustic Trio

Here's a song I never expected to cover: Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me," a collaboration of the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio with my duo Pepper and Sassafras—officially released today as a single and available for streaming and download on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and CD Baby. https://youtu.be/7v6dJ89AZe4 The idea of covering this song popped...

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Spring tour with Maria Gillard and Martin Swinger

Coming soon to upstate New York... https://youtu.be/ebrXnseQyoo This tour brings together four songwriter friends—Maria Gillard, Martin Swinger, Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, and Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers—for a collaborative showcase of fresh, festive acoustic music. Thursday 4.12: Seneca Street Brew Pub, Manlius NY. Part of the Words and Music Songwriter Showcase series. Facebook event. Friday 4.13: Mission Hall, Rochester NY. More info....

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Jason Mraz Acoustic Guitar magazine

Behind the song: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

"Lucky," the sweet, swaying duet written by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat with Tim Fagan, was originally released on Jason Mraz's 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.  During an interview for Acoustic Guitar magazine (published in the October 2010 issue), Mraz told me that "Lucky"—like six of the tracks on the We Sing album—originated...

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Behind the Song: “When the Master Calls the Roll” by Rosanne Cash

"When the Master Calls the Roll," a brilliant story song from Rosanne Cash's triple-Grammy-winning album The River and the Thread, has a back story that must be a rarity in the annals of songwriting: an artist co-wrote it with her husband and ex-husband. In the case of this song, Cash's collaborators were producer/guitarist John Leventhal...

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Behind the song: “Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin

“Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin’s bright-sounding but lyrically dark song that scored Grammies in 1998 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, has a highly unlikely origin story. In 2017, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary release of the album A Few Small Repairs, Colvin shared the recollections below about...

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Chris Thile on being a “serious, curious” musician

I think serious, curious musicians owe it to themselves and to the music-loving public to avail themselves of all the tools. You run into a lot of people who are consciously leaving vast swaths of their potential musicianship undeveloped in the name of staying pure. Those kinds of decisions don’t achieve the desired result, because...

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