David Royko Psy.D

david@davidroyko.com

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)