A trolley bus, an accordion and a legend named Starfire

A magical trolley bus, an amazing accordion band and a tale of misfortune dripping with irony brought an end to my week prowling the biggest music festival/birthday party in the northland last Saturday night. The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is an eight-day extravaganza featuring some 200 local bands, dozens of Twin Ports venues and more than 5,000 wristband-wearing … More A trolley bus, an accordion and a legend named Starfire

Rocking on the rails at the Duluth Dylan Fest

Put the legend of Bob Dylan, four bands and 200 drunken hipsters on a train rumbling through the foggy Minnesota north country and you have one heckuva rock & roll song. Each May, Duluth music fans organize the Duluth Dylan Fest, a birthday celebration for the world’s greatest songwriter and reluctant native son Bob Dylan. This year the … More Rocking on the rails at the Duluth Dylan Fest

Dylan in Nashville: How a Minnesota music legend changed country music

The Country Music Hall of Fame front door greeter was trying to sell my wife and I on all the big attractions inside the massive concrete and glass music cathedral in downtown Nashville earlier this month. “We’ve got a career spanning exhibit on Eric Church,” she said. “Trisha Yearwood’s “The Song Remembers When” is excellent…” … More Dylan in Nashville: How a Minnesota music legend changed country music