David Royko Psy.D

Some of my published writing on music
These are some of the music reviews and features I've written for various publications (Chicago Tribune, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Times, Moonshiner [Japan], Dirty Linen magazine, Chicago Reader, etc.).

Most of what I've written for the Chicago Tribune is posted below, along with a few things from elsewhere. Many of the stories are posted via scans (which include any photos that ran with a story), while others are just a story's text. I'll be adding more from Bluegrass Unlimited and Dirty Linen magazines, some various odds and ends, as well as a few more Trib things I might have missed.

I do have a nearly comprehensive index [click here] of what I'd written up until about 2000 or so (the new millennium must have inspired me to get lazy with the index)--if you see anything listed that I haven't already posted below that you'd like to read, let me know and I'll try to dig it out.

Until 1999, I used the nom d'byline, "David Duckman," in the Chicago Tribune and other Chicago-area publications. It was in honor of my late mother, Carol, whose maiden name was Duckman. (My use of that name is mentioned in this Chicago Reader story.)

 

ADKINS - Paul Adkins/Borderline Band-How Many Roads (Rebel), CD review (Chgo Trib, 12-2-93)

ADCOCK - Eddie Adcock & Don Reno-Sensational Twin Banjos, CD review (Chgo Trib, 8-19-93) 

ADCOCK - Eddie Adcock Band-Talk to Your Heart, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 6/95)

ALBRIGHT - Gerald Albright-Live To Love (Atlantic), CD review (Chgo Trib, 2-22-98) 

ALLEN - Red Allen/Frank Wakefield-Kitchen Tapes; JMB at Birchmere, CDs (Chgo Trib, 10-27-94) 

APOLLON - Dave Apollon-Complete Recordings (Acoustic Disc), CD (Chgo Trib, 3-15-98) 

AREA - Area Code 615, CD review (Chgo Trib, Feb 25, 2001)

ASTRAL - Astral Project; Gerry Beaudoin, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, 5/24/98)

BASHFUL - Bashful Brothers at Bub City, brief preview (Chgo Trib, 6-24-94) 

BEAR - Bear Family CD sets: Monroe, Flatt/Scruggs, Stanleys, J&J, etc. CDs (Chgo Trib, 7-7-94)

BERLINE - Byron Berline-Outrageous; Barbara Lamb-Fiddle Fatale, CDs (Chgo Trib, 6-10-93) 

BERLINE - Byron Berline/John Hickman-Double Trouble (Sugar Hill), CD (Chgo Trib, 10-6-95) 

BEST CDs OF THE YEAR - CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1993 - 2008

BEST CDs - VILLAGE VOICE Pazz & Jop / NASHVILLE SCENE Critics' Poll, 2003 - present

BHATT - Vishwa Mohan Bhatt/J. Douglas/E. Meyer/B. Fleck/J-B. Chen, 2 CDs (Chgo Trib, 10-3-96)

BLAKE - Norman Blake, Doc & Merle Watson, concert video reviews (Chgo Trib, 7/8/93)

BLUE - Blue Highway-Midnight Storm (Rebel), CD review (Chgo Trib, Jan 23, 1998) 

BLUEGRASS - Bluegrass Album Band, Vols 1-6 (Rounder), CD review (Chgo Trib, Jan 31, 1997) 

BLUEGRASS - Bluegrass Patriots-The Last Waltz (Turquoise), CD review (Chgo Trib, Oct 14, 1993) 

BLUEGRASS - Oh, That's Bluegrass-Haunting Sound Entering Golden Age (Chgo Trib 8/21/94)

BLUEGRASS - Bluegrass '95 - 12 Great Instrumental Recs, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 3/96)

BLUEGRASS -  Bluegrass Etc-Home...Heart Is, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 5/00)

BLUEGRASS - Bluegrass Journey (Oxenberg/Schumer film), feature (Bluegrass Unlimited, 2/2005) 

BRAXTON - Anthony Braxton  4 (Ensemble) Compositions 1992, CD review (Chgo Trib, 11-14-93)

BREWER - Gary Brewer-Guitar; Tony Rice/John Carlini-River Suite, CDs (Chgo Trib, Aug 24, 1995)

BROTHER - Brother Boys - Plow, CD review  (Chgo Trib, Nov 12, 1992)

BROWN - Alison Brown-Quartet; Bill Emerson-Banjo Man, CDs (Chgo Trib, 7-4-96) 

BUCHANAN - Jimmy Buchanan; Jim and Jesse; Doc Watson; Special C,  CDs (Chgo Trib, 10-1-93)

BURCH -  Curtis Burch-Burchland, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, 2004)

BURNS - Jethro Burns, Pickin' and Grinnin' (Chicago Reader, April 21, 1995)

BURNS - Jethro Burns, Puritan Sessions, Bye Bye Blues, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, Nov 23, 1997)

BUSH - Sam Bush - Glamour & Grits, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 9/96)

BUSH - Sam Bush-Glamour & Grits; David Grisman Quintet-DGQ 20, CDs  (Chgo Trib, 9-5-96)

BUSH - Sam Bush weaving his new grass gold (Chgo Trib, 11/15/98)

BUSH - Sam Bush - Circles Around Me (Sugar Hill), CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Apr 2010)

BYRON -  Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz, CD review (Chgo Trib, 7/7/93)

CAHILL - Greg Cahill & Don Stiernberg - Blue Skies (Turquoise), CD review (Chgo Trib, 7-15-93)

CAJUN - Cajun & Zydeco Fest preview, Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (Chgo Trib, July 19, 1996)

CAJUN - "Louisiana by the Lake" Cajun Music Festival review (Chgo Trib, Aug 10, 1996)

CANADA - Mo Canada-Stoney Lonesome, CD review (Chgo Trib, 1-25-96) 

CANTRELL - A&E Cantrell-Under...Moon; Larry Perkins-Touch...Past, CDs (Chgo Trib, 2-3-94) 

CHICAGO JAZZ AND HERITAGE PROGRAM's Bebop Brass! (Chgo Trib, Nov 25, 1997)

CHIRPS - Lynn "Chirps" Smith, midwest old-time fiddle music (Chgo Trib, Sept 15, 1996)

CHRISTMAS - A Christmas Heritage, concert review (Chgo Trib, 12-1-98) 

CLEMENTS - Vassar Clements-Once in a While; Bluegrass Sessions, CDs (Chgo Trib, May 6, 1993)

CLEMENTS - Vassar Clements at the Abbey Pub, preview/concert rev (Chgo Trib, Apr 14 &17, 1995) 

CLEMENTS - Vassar Clements - brief preview to Abbey Pub show (Chgo Trib, November 10, 1995) 

CLIFTON - Bill Clifton - Early Years, CD review (Chgo Trib, Oct 29, 1992)

CMH - Various Artists-50 Years of Bluegrass Hits (CMH), CD review (3-18-93) 

COLTRANE - Book review: Ascension - John Coltrane & his Quest, Nisenson (NY Times, 1-9-94)

CONNELL - Tuey Connell Group at Schuba's, concert review (Chgo Trib, 6-27-95) 

CORBETT - Corbett, Chrisman, Tice (CD review, Bluegrass Unlimited, 11/08)

COREA - Chick Corea & Gary Burton, concert preview (Chgo Trib, Nov 7, 1997)

COWAN - Worth The Wait: Cowan's Voice, Band Dazzling (John Cowan, Chgo Trib, May 7, 2001)

COX - Doug Cox-Bone Bottle Brass Steel; Vassar Clements-Vassar's Jazz, CDs Chgo Trib, 8-1-97) 

CROWE - JD Crowe/New South-Come On Down..., CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 5/99)

CROWE - JD Crowe-Model Church (Rebel), CD review (Chgo Trib, Mar 24, 1994) 

CRUCIAL - Crucial Smith, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 2/98)

CYPORYN - Dennis Cyporyn, Dean Magraw, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, Jan 5, 1995)

DANIELS - Eddie Daniels - Under the Influence (GRP), CD review (Chgo Trib, Oct 30, 1993)

DILLARD - Doug Dillard - The Banjo Album (Sierra), CD review (Chgo Trib, 5-27-93)

DILLARDS - Dillards, Special Consensus, concert review (Chgo Trib, Nov 5, 1996)

DIXIE - Dixie Bee-Liners - Susanville, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Feb 2010)

DOGGONE - Doggone Country- Songs About Dogs, CD review (Chgo Trib, Jan 19, 1995)

DOUGLAS - Douglas, Barenberg & Meyer - Skip, Hop & Wobble CD review (Chgo Trib, 1-6-94)

DRUHA - Druha Trava & Special Consensus Concert Review (Chgo Trib, 9/11/98)

DUNCAN - Craig Duncan-Smokey Mountain Sunday, CD review (Chgo Trib, 7-29-93) 

DUNCAN - Stuart Duncan - CD review (Chgo Trib, April 8, 1993)

ELDREDGE - Terry Eldredge-Your Own Set of Rules, CD review (Chgo Trib, 2-10-94) 

ELLIS - Tony Ellis-Farewell My Home, CD review (Chgo Trib, November 25, 1993) 

EMMITT-NERSHI - Emmitt-Nershi Band - New Country Blues, CD review (Bgrass Unltd, Mar 2010)

EVANS -  Bill Evans, Wayne Henderson & Steve Kaufman, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, 6-20-96)

FESTIVALS - Rockygrass; The Winterhawk Scholarship Albums, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, 7-6-95) 

FLATT - Flatt & Scruggs/Doc Watson - Strictly Instrumental, CD (Chgo Trib, 4-18-96) 

FLECK - Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - UFO Tofu, CD review (Chgo Trib, Dec 24, 1992)

FLECK - Bela Fleck's Rounder albums, pre-Flecktones (Chgo Trib, Jan 4, 1993)

FLECK - Bela Fleck And Tony Trischka: Solo Banjo Works, CD review (Chgo Trib, Mar 18, 1993)

FLECK - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - 3 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, CD (Chgo Trib, 11-11-93)

FLECK - Bela Fleck takes the banjo into jazz fusion, concert review (Chgo Trib, April 23, 1995)

FLECK - Bela Fleck & the Flecktones at Navy Pier, concert review (Chgo Trib, June 13, 1996)

FLECK - Flecktones Click; Grisman Swings (Chgo Trib, 4-17-98)

FLECK - Flecktones-Left of Cool; Hanzlik-Fall...Dreams; Crisler-Bopjo, CDs (Chgo Trib, 10-4-98) 

FLECK - Fleck May Jazz Up Audiences for Bluegrass (Bela Fleck, Chgo Trib, 7-5-99)

FLECK - Fleck, Friends Dazzle with Dexterity - Bluegrass Sessions concert (Chgo Trib, 9-17-99)

FLECK - Bela Fleck, Bluegrass Sessions, cover story (Bluegrass Unlimited, 11/1999)

FLECK - Flecktones' Sound Gains Extra Dimensions (Chgo Trib, Aug 24, 2000)

FLECK - Bela Fleck: Perpetual Motion (Chgo Trib, Sept 23, 2001)

FLECK - Fleck, Meyer Reset Bar for Banjo, Bass (Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chgo Trib, 10/16/01)

FLINNER - Matt Flinner: The View From Here, CD review (Chgo Trib, Jan 16, 1998)

FOGGY - Foggy Hogtown Boys, Northern White Clouds, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Apr 2006)

FORTUNE - Sonny Fortune at the Jazz Showcase (Chgo Trib, May 23, 1996)

FREIGHT - Freight Hoppers at Schuba's, review (Chgo Trib, Sept 25, 1998) 

FRONT - Front Range-Back To Red River (Sugar Hill), CD review (Chgo Trib, 3-3-94) 

FURTADO - Tony Furtado, Kenny Baker, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, Dec 8, 1994)

GAMBETTA - Beppe Gambetta-Dialogs; Steve Kaufman-To The Lady, CDs (Chgo Trib, 7-8-93) 

GIMBLE - Johnny Gimble; Gary Brewer, Univ of Chicago Folk Fest, review (Chgo Trib, 2-8-99) 

GREENCARDS - The Greencards--Weather and Water, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 2006)

GREENE - Richard Greene-The Greene Fiddler; Muleskinner, CDs (Chgo Trib, 9-15-94)

GRISMAN - David Grisman-Early Dawg; Svata Kotas-Late at Night, CDs (Chgo Trib, 6-16-94)

 

GRISMAN - David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Hamilton de Holanda - CD reviews (Chgo Trib, 3/9/07)

GULLEY - Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford - Dogwood Winter, CD review (Bluegrass Unltd, Jan 2011)

HAMILTON - Scott Hamilton at the Jazz Showcase review (Chgo Trib, June 6, 1997)

HANWAY - Tom Hanway & Blue Horizon (Joyous Gard), CD review (Chgo Trib, 2-24-94)

HANZLIK - Slavek Hanzlik Trio, concert review (Chgo Trib, Dec 22, 1994)

HANZLIK - Slavek Hanzlik Trio, feature (Bluegrass Unlimited, May 1996)

HARTFORD - John Hartford - Nobody Knows What You Do, CD review (Chgo Trib, 2-11-93) 

HARTFORD - John Hartford at the Abbey Pub, preview & review (Chgo Trib, May 3 & 8, 1996)

HARTFORD - John Hartford Follows Heart to Haley (Chgo Trib, July 24, 1998)

HERE - Here Today (Rounder), CD review (Chgo Trib, March 31, 1994) 

HICKMAN - John Hickman-Don't Mean Maybe; Dan Crary-Lady's Fancy, CDs (Chgo Trib, 4-20-95) 

HICKS - Bobby Hicks-Fiddle Patch (Rounder), CD review (Chgo Trib, April 17, 1998)

HIGH - High Country - Perfect Companions, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, April 2011)

HOMESPUN - Top musicians offer private lessons on video (Chgo Trib, 3-9-93)

HOT - Hot Rize Reunion Concert, Old Town School of Folk Music, review (Chgo Trib, 5-18-98) 

HOT - Hot Strings - Uncharted, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, May 2006)

HOWARD - Randy Howard-Survival/Fiddlest; Richard Greene-Grass/Greener (Chgo Trib, 7-20-95)

HURST - Robert Hurst Presents Robert Hurst, CD review (Chgo Trib, Nov 21, 1993)

IBMA - 1995 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, September 26, 1995)

IBMA - 1996 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 1, 1996)

IBMA - 1997 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 21, 1997)

IBMA - 1998 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 30, 1998)

IBMA - 1999 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 26, 1999)

IBMA - 2000 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 24, 2000)

IBMA - 2001 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 10, 2001)

IBMA - 2003 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 7, 2003)

IBMA - 2004 World of Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, October 11,2004)

IBMA - IBMA at 20: A progress report, feature (Bluegrass Unlimted, 2005) 

JAMGRASS - Jamgrass Festival 2002 at Alpine Valley (Chgo Trib, Aug 19, 2002)

JAROSZ - Sarah Jarosz-Song Up In Her Head, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 9/09)

JAROSZ - Sarah Jarosz-Follow Me Down, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Dec 2011)

JOHNSON - Mark Johnson/Rice Brothers; Peter Schwimmer, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, May 19, 1995)

JONES: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers - Cloud of Dust, CD review (Bluegrass Unltd, Mar 2010)

JORDAN - Sheila Jordan & Mark Murphy-One For Junior, CD review (Chgo Trib, 1/16/94)

JUDI - Judi K-It's Been a Long Long Time; Straight Ahead-Body & Soul, CDs (Chgo Trib, 10-3-93)

KAUFMAN - Steve Kaufman-Arkansas Traveler; Dan Crary-Jammed If I Do (Chgo Trib, 9-8-94)

KAWABATA - Maro Kawabata - Sunset Drive, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Feb 2011)

KEITH - Bill Keith-Beating Around the Bush (Green Linnet), CD review (Chgo Trib, Jan 21, 1993)

KILLBILLY - Pickin' and rockin' (Chgo Trib, Nov 23, 1992)

KLEZMER - Various Artists-Klezmer: A Marriage of Heaven and Earth, CD (Chgo Trib, 8-22-97) 

KNOPF - Bill Knopf-Sousa Marches; Peter Ostroushko/Mando Boys, CDs (Chgo Trib, 11-24-94) 

KRAUSS - Alison Krauss-Every Time You Say Goodbye, CD review (Chgo Trib, 1/8/93)

KRAUSS - Alison Krauss/Cox Family; Max Weinberg's Let There Be Drums (Chgo Trib, 3-10-94)

KRAUSS - Alison Krauss/Union Station & the Cox Family, concert review (Chgo Trib, 11-22-94) 

KRAUSS - Alison Krauss-Now That I've Found You; Cody Kilby-...Pickin, CDs (Chgo Trib, 4-7-95) 

KRAUSS - Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Vic Theatre (Chgo Trib, Dec 10, 1995)

KRAUSS - Alison Krauss & Union Station-New Favorite, CD review (No Depression, 9/2001) 

KRUGER - Bros-Carolina Scrapbook; Jens Kruger-The Bridge, CDs (Bluegrass Unlimited,  4/00)

KUKURUZA - Russian bluegrass band Kukuruza (Chgo Trib, Feb 20, 1994)

LAWSON - Doyle Lawson sees deep connection between gospel & bluegrass (Chgo Trib, 11-8-93)

LEFTOVER - Serving of Leftover Salmon undercut by shaky rhythm (Chgo Trib, Apr 4, 2000)

LEVY - Howard Levy Quartet at the Green Mill 10/3/1992, concert review (Dirty Linen, 2/93) 

LEVY - Howard Levy found the harmonica's secret and shares it gladly (Chgo Trib, 3-14-93)

LEVY - Lou Levy, Larry Coryell, Stanley Clarke, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, Mar 20, 1994)

LIRA - Lira Ensemble's Polish-American Christmas Gala, review (Chgo Trib, 12-11-96) 

LISTEN - Listen Up! Klezmer at the Chicago Cultural Center, review (Chgo Trib, 12-20-97) 

LITWIN - Ralph Litwin-Wild & Lazy; John Bullard-The Classical Banjo, CDs (Chgo Trib, 7-1-93)

LOST - Lost & Found-Just Pickin; Slavek Hanzlik-Summer Solstice, CDs (Chgo Trib, Nov 3, 1994) 

MA - Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, memorable gig blurb (Chgo Trib, Jan 3, 2001)

MacMASTER - Natalie MacMaster-No Boundaries; Legg-Waiting...Dancer, CDs (Chgo Trib, 9-5-97) 

MacMASTER - Natalie MacMaster gets to fiddle with tradition (Chgo Trib, Nov 7, 1997) 

MAGRAW - Magraw Gap, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 8/97)

MAKOWICZ - Adam Makowicz...Irving Berlin; BTMSQ-Saxhouse, CDs (Chgo Trib, May 8, 1994) 

MANDOLIN - The Mighty Mandolin - Bush, Stiernberg, Thile, Marshall (Chgo Trib, Jan 20, 2006)

MANUSARDI - Manusardi, Fasoli, Ra, Murray, Bang, Shaw - jazz CDs (Chgo Trib, Oct 13, 1994)

MARSHALL - Mike Marshall: Brazil-Duets; Arnie Solomon: Quarter Century (Chgo Trib, 12-12-97)

McCOURY - Del McCoury - I Wonder Where You Are Tonight, CD review (Chgo Trib, Nov 5, 1992)

McCOURY - Del McCoury, J.D.Crowe, Laurie Lewis, preview & review (Chgo Trib, Oct 20 & 23, 1995) 

McCOURY - Del & The Boys-Del McCoury Band, cover story (Bluegrass Unlimited, 12/2001) 

McCOURY - Ronnie & Rob McCoury (Rounder), CD review (Chgo Trib, 1-18-96) 

McEUEN - John McEuen-String Wizards; Alison Brown-Twilight Motel, CDs (Chgo Trib, 1-28-93) 

McFERRIN-CSO - McFerrin's Style Leaves Everyone Happy (Chgo Trib, June 8, 1996)

McLAIN - Raymond W. McLain-A Place of My Own, CD review (Dirty Linen, 4/93)

McPEAK - McPeak Bros; Jim Eanes: Classic Bluegrass (Rebel), CDs (Chgo Trib, 5-27-93)

METHENY - Pat Metheny Group - The Road to You (Geffen), CD review (Chgo Trib, 10-31-93) 

MEYER - Edgar Meyer, B.Fleck, M.Marshall-Uncommon Ritual (Bluegrass Unlimited, 4/98)

MEYER - Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Yo Yo Ma, preview & review (Chgo Trib, 3/31 & 4/5, 2000)

MEYER - Liz Meyer, The Storm, CD review (Chgo Trib, Sept 2, 2005)

MILLER - Mulgrew Miller - Hand in Hand, CD review (Chgo Trib, Jan 16, 1994)

MINOR - Minor Bluegrass - Pikelny, Driessen, Dishman, Littlefield (Chgo Trib, Aug 28, 1995)

MITCHELL -  Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory, CD review (Chgo Trib, Feb 13, 1994)

MOMENTS - Hot Rize, Listen Up!, Grisman/Watson concert moments (Chgo Trib, Dec 28, 1998)

MONK - T.S. Monk Jr, concert review (Chgo Trib, Nov 9, 1995)

MONROE - The Essential Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (Columbia) (Chgo Trib, Dec 31, 1992)

MONROE - Film: Bill Monroe Father of Bluegrass Music (Gebhardt), feature (Chgo Trib, 5-30-93)

MONROE - Bill Monroe in memoriam (Chgo Trib, Sept 22, 1996)

MONROE - Book Review: Can't You Hear Me Callin' by Richard D. Smith (Chgo Trib, 8/27/00)

MONROE - VA-Big Mon-The Songs of Bill Monroe, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 1/01)

MORATH - Max Morath, preview (Chgo Trib, May 15, 1998)

MORRIS - Lynn Morris at the Great Plains Folk Festival, review (Chgo Trib, 6-9-97) 

MORRIS - Lynn Morris Band, preview (Chgo Trib, Oct 23, 1998)

MORRISON - Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: Holy Coming of the Storm, CD review (BU, 2/12)

MULESKINNER - Live: Original Television Soundtrack (Sierra), CD (Chgo Trib, Mar 4, 1993)

MULROY - Conor Mulroy - Salinger, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 9/09)

MUNDE - Alan Munde-Festival Favorites Revisited, CD review (Chgo Trib, March 11, 1993) 

MUNDE - Alan Munde and Joe Carr at Fitzgerald's, music review (Chgo Trib, July 13, 1995)

MUNDE - Alan Munde and Joe Carr, feature (Bluegrass Unlimited, August 1995)

MUTI - Riccardo Muti's essential discs (Chicago Sun-Times, Sept 12, 2010) 

NAPERVILLE - Naperville Bluegrass Music Festival 1996, brief preview (Chgo Trib, 3-29-96)

NAPERVILLE - Kathy Chiavola Band at the 1997 Naperville BGMF, brief review (Chgo Trib, 3-24-97) 

NAPERVILLE - Naperville Bluegrass Music Festival 1998, review (Chgo Trib, March 31, 1998)

NAPERVILLE - Naperville Bluegrass Music Festival  1999, brief preview (Chgo Trib, 3-26-99) 

NAPERVILLE - Naperville Bluegrass Music Festival 2000, review (Chgo Trib, Mar 29, 2000)

NASHVILLE - Nashville Bluegrass Band, concert review (Chgo Trib, Dec 7, 1992)

NASHVILLE - Nashville Mandolin Ensemble-Gifts; VA-Tinsel Tunes, CDs (Chgo Trib, 12-20-96) 

NASHVILLE - Nashville Mandolin Ensemble-Plectrasonics (CMH), CD (Chgo Trib, Jan 17, 1997)

NATURAL - Natural Bridge; Sugarbeat, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, 8-4-94) 

NEIDLINGER - Buell Neidlinger Quintet - Blue Chopsticks, cd review (Chgo Trib, Dec 7, 1995)

NEW GRASS - Best of New Grass Revival, CD review (Chgo Trib, July 28, 1994)

NEW GRASS - New Grass Revival; Rose Maddox Sings Bluegrass, CDs (Chgo Trib, July 18, 1996)

NEW GRASS - Grass Roots-The Best of New Grass Revival, CD review (Chgo Trib, July 8, 2008)

NEWGRASS - 'Newgrass' music is growing up and gaining fans (Chgo Trib, May 15, 1998)

NEWMAN - Royko and (Randy) Newman (National Book Review; Huffington, 2016/2017)

NEW TRADITION - New Tradition, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, June 24, 1993)

NICKEL - Nickel Creek at Schuba's (Chgo Trib, May 9, 2001) 

NICKEL - Nickel Creek - This Side, CD review (Chgo Trib, August 11, 2002)

NICKEL - Nickel Creek, Why Should the Fire Die? CD review (Chgo Trib, July 22, 2005)

NICKEL - Nickel Creek celebrates an unlikely 25-year anniversary (Chgo Trib, 5/8/14) 

NILSSON - Harry Nilsson, cd reviews (Chgo Trib, June 1, 1995)

NORDINE - Ken Nordine-Upper Limbo (Grateful Dead Records), CD review (Chgo Trib, 3-6-94) 

NYE - Peter Nye, CBB, Sunnyside Up, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, 2005)

O'BRIEN - Tim O'Brien and the O'Boys-Oh Boy! O'Boy!, CD review (Chgo Trib, June 10, 1993) 

O'BRIEN - Tim O'Brien Tackles Dylan, preview feature & concert review (Chgo Trib, Feb 9 & 17, 1997)

O'CONNOR -  Mark O'Connor--Soppin' the Gravy; Markology, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, Apr 29, 1993)

O'CONNOR -  Mark O'Connor - Heroes, CD review (Chgo Trib, November 18, 1993)

O'CONNOR - Mark O'Connor - Hot Swing CD review (Chgo Trib, July 15, 2001)

OLD CROW - Old Crow Medicine Show--Big Iron World (Bluegrass Unlimited, 2007)

OLD SCHOOL - Old School Freight Train--Run, CD review (Chgo Trib, June 24, 2005)

OSBORNES - Osborne Brothers at the Woodstock OH, preview/concert review (Chgo Trib, 1-8-96) 

OSBORNES - Osborne Brothers 1968-1974, Bear Family box, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited,  6/96)

OSBORNES - Osborne Brothers & Lewis Family, concert review (Chgo Trib, Jan 13, 1997)

OSTROUSHKO - Peter Ostroushko/Dean Magraw-Duo, CD review (Dirty Linen, 8/92)

OWENS - Andy Owens Project-Kerosene Circuit, CD review (Chgo Trib, 3-25-93) 

PALLATTO - Joannie Pallatto-Who Wrote This Song? (Southport), CD review (Chgo Trib, 1-30-94)

PALLATTO - Joannie Pallatto, performance preview (Chgo Trib, Dec 10, 1999) 

PANDOLFI - Chris Pandolfi: Looking Glass, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 11/09)

PAPASOV - Ivo Papasov, Yunakov, Neshev, Ali, Together Again CD review (Chgo Trib, 12/2/05)

PARMLEY - David Parmley/Scott Vestal/Continental Divide; Bluegrass 95 (Chgo Trib, 10-19-95) 

PARSONS - Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels Live 1973, CD review (Chgo Trib, 4-22-93) 

PENGUIN - Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette, book review (Chgo Trib, 8-23-93)

PETTERSSON - Alan Pettersson - Sym #8, Sanderling (cpo), CD review (Chgo Trib, June 13, 1993)

PIAZZOLLA - Luna; Roy Haynes-Out of the Afternoon, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, 6-13-96)

PIAZZOLLA - Amrcn Clave Late Recs; Pee Wee Russell-Jazz Original, CDs (Chgo Trib, 4-25-97)

PICKIN' - Pickin' For Merle, television series review (Chgo Trib, Jan 18, 1995)

PIKELNY - Noam Pikelny - Almost an “Acoustic Superhero” (Chgo Trib, Sept 3, 2006)

PINE - Courtney Pine - Underground (Antilles), CD review (Chgo Trib, November 16, 1997)

POST - Jim Post's "Best Songs Most People Never Heard," concert review (Chgo Trib, 3-9-93) 

POST - Jim Post's "An Evening In Old Town," concert review (Chgo Trib, 11-16-93) 

PSYCHOGRASS - Psychograss (Windham Hill), CD review (Chgo Trib, Nov 4, 1993) 

PSYCHOGRASS - Like Minds; Richard Greene - Wolves A' Howlin', CDs (Chgo Trib, 12-27-96)

PSYCHOGRASS - Psychograss Sharpens Its Blade on Tradition, review (Chgo Trib, Mar 13, 1999)

RARELY - The Rarely Herd at the Abbey Pub, short concert review (Chgo Trib, 8-5-96) 

RASHID - Steve Rashid-Fidgety Feet, CD review (Chgo Trib, 12-22-94) 

RENO - Reno & Smiley: 1951-1958 (King), CD review (Chgo Trib, 4-14-94) 

RICE - Tony Rice Plays and Sings Bluegrass; David Grisman Quintet, CDs (Chgo Trib 12-2-93) 

RICE - Tony Rice-Crossings; The Isaacs-Carry Me, CDs (Chgo Trib, 4-13-95) 

RICE - Tony Rice, Unit of Measure, CD review (Chgo Trib, Feb 25, 2001)

RICE - Rice, Marshall, Anger, Phillips Start with Bluegrass, Then Move On (Chgo Trib, 12-2-01)

ROBINS - Butch Robins; Jim & Jesse, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, July 13, 1995)

ROSSBACH - John Rossbach-Never Was Plugged!; Bluegrass'96, CDs (Chgo Trib, 1-10-97) 

ROWAN - Peter Rowan; Medicine Trail - Flying Fish CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, Dec 31, 1992)

ROWAN - Peter Rowan & Jerry Douglas, concert preview & review (Chgo Trib, Sept 6 & 9, 1996)

SANBORN -The David Sanborn Band at Ravinia (Chgo Trib, August 23, 1997)

SANCHEZ - David Sanchez at the Jazz Showcase (Chgo Trib, October 16, 1997)

SCHNAUFER - David Schnaufer-Dulcimer Sessions, CD rev (Dirty Linen, 12/92)

SELDOM - Seldom Scene-At The Scene/Mike Auldridge-Eight String Swing, CD rev (Dirty Linen 12/92)

SELDOM - Seldom Scene-Scene 20 (Sugar Hill), CD review (Chgo Trib, 1-14-93) 

SEWELL - Keith Sewell - The Way of a Wanderer, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Mar 2010)

SHADY - Shady Grove Band; Mike Garris, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, January 12, 1995) 

SHIRIM - Shirim Klezmer Orchestra - Naftule's Dream, CD review (Chgo Trib, March 17, 1994)

SHORTY - Texas Shorty/John Hartford-Old Sport, CD review (Chgo Trib, 9-29-95) 

SILVERSTEIN - Shel Silverstein-Great Conch Train Robbery, CD review (Chgo Trib, 5-13-93) 

SINFONIETTA - Chicago Sinfonietta/Guzman/Achucarrow (Chgo Sun-Times, 11-1-10)

SKAGGS - Ricky Skaggs - College of DuPage Arts Center, concert review (Chgo Trib, 10-13-96)

SKAGGS - Ricky Skaggs/Kentucky Thunder-Bluegrass Rules, CD (Chgo Trib, 10-26-97) 

SKAGGS - Ricky Skaggs/Kentucky Thunder, brief concert review (Chgo Trib, Nov 17, 1997) 

SKAGGS - Skaggs Still Among the Best in Bluegrass (Chgo Trib, Oct 8, 2000)

SKAGGS - Ricky Skaggs-Solo: Songs My Dad Loved, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 12/09)

SLATS - Slats Grobnik Vs. Public Art, reviewed by David Royko (as David Duckman) (11-9-97) 

SMENTEK - Susan Smentek at Friendship Concert Hall, review (Chgo Trib, 11/11/96)

SMITH - Richard D. Smith - Bluegrass: An Informal Guide, book review (Chgo Trib, Oct 19, 1995) 

SPARKMAN - Steve Sparkman; Billy & Terry Smith, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, Dec 19, 1997) 

SPECIAL - Special Consensus preview (Chgo Trib, July 25, 1993)

SPECIAL - Special Consensus - Green Rolling Hills, CD review (Chgo Trib, Oct 1, 1993)

SPECIAL - Special Consensus, Cahill a Magnet for Talent, concert review (Chgo Trib, 8-16-95)

SPECIAL - Special Consensus-Strong Enough...; Bashful Brothers, CDs (Chgo Trib, July 4, 1997) 

SPECIAL - Special Consensus Bluegrass Band 25th Anniversary (Chgo Trib, May 4, 2000) 

SPECIAL - Special Consensus 25th Anniversary Concert, short review (Chgo Trib, May 8, 2000)

SPECIAL - Liner Notes for Special Consensus: Country Boy: John Denver tribute (2004)

STANLEY - Ralph Stanley-Almost Home (Rebel), CD review (Chgo Trib, 1-7-93) 

STANLEY - Ralph Stanley at the OTSFM, preview and review (Chgo Trib, March 3 & 10, 1996) 

STANLEY - Ralph Stanley/Clinch Mtn Boys 1971-1973 (Rebel), CD review (Chgo Trib, 3-21-96) 

STANLEYS - Stanley Bros-Early Starday/King Years 1958-1961, CD review (Chgo Trib, 12-9-93) 

STATMAN - Andy Statman's latest affirms life of breaking barriers (Chgo Trib, 12/1/94)

STATMAN - Statman & Grisman; Ostroushko, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, Aug 10, 1995)

STATMAN - Andy Statman's musicianship links klezmer, bluegrass (Chgo Trib, 1/26/07)

STEEP - Steep Canyon Rangers, Deep in the Shade, CD review (Bluegrass Unltd, March 2010)

STEFFEY - One More For The Road, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Feb 2010)

STIERNBERG - Mandolinist Don Stiernberg's Musical Choice: jazz & bluegrass (Chgo Trib, 3-22-93)

STIERNBERG - Don Stiernberg, Ingrid Graudins, concert review (Chgo Trib, June 17, 1995)

STIERNBERG - Don Stiernberg Swings to His Own Higher Plane (Chgo Trib, Feb 4, 2001)

STONE - Gordon Stone--Touch And Go (Alcazar), CD review (Chgo Trib, Mar 7, 1996) 

SUGAR - Sugar Plums-Holiday Treats from Sugar Hill, CD review (Chgo Trib, 12-10-92) 

TEAGRASS - Jiri Plocek's Teagrass-Folk Music Face, CD review (Dirty Linen,  4/95)

TEAGRASS - Jiri Plocek's Teagrass, concert preview and review (Chgo Trib, Oct 1 & 5, 1996)

TELLURIDE - VA-1992 Telluride Bluegrass Festival--Incredibly Live, CD (Chgo Trib, 4-7-94) 

THILE - At 13, mandolinist Chris Thile already is a mature artist (Chgo Trib, Nov 6, 1994) 

THILE - Chris Thile and the Galt House Fire Alarm (Moonshiner Magazine, October, 2000) 

THILE - Chris Thile--Deceiver, CD review (Chgo Trib, October 10, 2004)

THILE - Chris Thile, feature (Bluegrass Unlimited, June, 2007) 

THILE - Chris Thile--How To Grow A Woman From The Ground (Bluegrass Unlimited, 2007)

THILE - Chris Thile's Newgrass Gets A Little More Blue With His New Band (Chgo Trib,12-28-07) 

THILE - Ex-Nickel Creek Player's Sound Packs 'Punch'  (Chgo Trib, Feb 17, 2008)

THILE - Thile plays Bach; Pikelny Plays Baker Plays Monroe (Chgo Trib, Oct 14, 2013)

THILE - Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, 'Genius' pairing (Chgo Trib, Oct. 16, 2014)

THILE - 20 Years of Chris Thile (October 16, 2014)

THILE -  Punch Brothers as unplugged superheroes (Phosphorescent Blues) (Trib 1/28/15)

THIRD - IIIrd Tyme Out-Puttin' New Roots Down (Rebel), CD review (Chgo Trib, May 20, 1993) 

THOMASSON - Benny & Jerry Thomasson, Mark O'Connor - CD reviews (Chgo Trib, Apr 5, 1998)

TICE - Jordan Tice - Long Story - CD Review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Feb, 2009)  

TONE POETS - Tone Poets, Stiernberg/Carlini CD reviews (Chgo Trib, Nov 4, 2005)

TRAVIS - Shanachie Merle Travis tribute; Jim Post & Friends, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, 6-2-94)

TRISCHKA - Tony Trischka & Beppe Gambetta: Alone & Together, cd review (Dirty Linen, 12/1992)

TRISCHKA - Tony Trischka, Rounder Banjo Extravaganza preview (Chgo Trib, Dec 11, 1992)

TRISCHKA - Furtado - Adams - Rounder Banjo Extravaganza CD review (ChgoTrib, 12-17-92)

TRISCHKA - Tony Trischka-World Turning (Rounder), CD review (Chgo Trib, January 20, 1994)

TRISCHKA - Tony Trischka-Robot Plane; Emory Lester-Pale Rider, CDs (Chgo Trib, Jul 14, 1994)

TRISCHKA -  Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck at Old Town School of Folk Music (Chgo Trib, 5-16-99)

TRISCHKA - Banjo Virtuoso Tony Trischka Rediscovering The Past (Chgo Trib, Sep 17, 1999)

TRISCHKA - Tony Trischka offers musical, historical banjo ride (Chgo Trib, Sep 22, 1999) 

TRISCHKA- Tony Trischka, Jayme Stone, CD reviews (Chgo Trib, 2007)

TYNER - McCoy Tyner Trio at the Jazz Showcase (Chgo Trib, Mar 28, 1997)

VAN METER - Sally Van Meter - All In Good Time (Sugar Hill), CD review (Chgo Trib, 2-18-93) 

VESTAL - Scott Vestal - In Persuit of Happiness, CD review (Chgo Trib, Nov 23, 1995)

VIDEOS -  Bluegrass videos provide an easy alternative to being there (Chgo Trib, 4-20-93)

WAKEFIELD - Frank Wakefield - That Was Now; Rudy Cipolla-Portrait, CDs (Chgo Trib, 5-30-97) 

WARSCHAUER - Jeff Warschauer-Klezmer Guitar & Mandolin; VA-Klezmania (Chgo Trib, 5-16-97)

WATKINS - Sean Watkins - Let It Fall - CD review (Chgo Trib, Aug 5, 2001) 

WATSON - Doc Watson-The Vanguard Years (4CDs), review (Chgo Trib, Feb 22, 1996) 

WAYFARING - Wayfaring Strangers-Shifting Sands of Time, CD (Bluegrass Unlimited, April 2002) 

WAYSTATION - WayStation - Looking for Love, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, Feb 1997)

WERNICK - Pete Wernick - On a Roll (Sugar Hill) CD review (Chicago Tribune, 11/25/93 & 1/13/94)

WERNICK - Pete Wernick - I Tell You What!, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 11/96)

WILLIAMS - Jeanette Williams Band-Get In the Boat, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimted, 2004) 

WINSTON - George Winston at Pick-Staiger, concert review (Chgo Trib, 12-12-96) 

WISE - Chubby Wise; Stephane Grappelli & David Grisman, CDs (Chgo Trib, 10-20-94) 

WRIGHT - John Wright: Traveling High Way Home: R. Stanley, book feature, (Chgo Trib, 4-19-94) 

WRIGHT - John Wright-Promises; VA-The Stanley Tradition, CDs reviewed (Chgo Trib, 4-4-97) 

WYLAND - Dede Wyland: Keep the Light On, CD review (Bluegrass Unlimited, 11/09)

YOUNG - Young Mando Monsters; Grisman/Kobialka-Common Chord, CDs (Chgo Trib, 5-30-96) 

ZENKL - Radim Zenkl-Czech It Out; Bandolim-Mandolin Master...Vol. 2, CDs (Chgo Trib, 2-23-95)