WC Meets the Beatles


Seventh Grade, Main Junior High School, 1963. We ate lunch in the weird auditorium-gymnasium-cafeteria. Tables were broken up by unspoken social levels. The hot meals were pretty awful. Lunches were an ordeal. Bu on December 2, 1963 WC walked into the lunchroom and came to a complete, stunned stop. There was music coming over the…

The Quiet Knight entrance on Belmont, photographer unknown

A Few Notes on The Quiet Knight


WC lived in Chicago, Illinois for three years in the early 1970s, attending law school. Whatever Chicago’s charms may be, they generally aren’t available to impoverished college students. It was the waning days of the Richard J. Daley administration, a mix of egregious political corruption, sharp racial tension and serious street crime. And the traffic…

Karla Bonoff, Cinder Winery, Boise

Karla Bonoff at the Cinder Winery


WC last saw Karla Bonoff at The Quiet Knight in Chicago. No cover, two drink minimum. In WC’s memory, the late Steve Goodman joined her on stage for a couple of songs. But that was a long time ago, and memory is a funny thing. But Bonoff has written a number of excellent tunes, so…

Elena James' Fiddle, showing a little wear on the bow after "Orange Blossom Special"

Hot Club Comes to Boise


Among WC’s very favorite live bands would be Hot Club of Cowtown. WC saw them live for the first time as a part of Mountain Stage’s first show in Fairbanks back in 2012. They blew the crowd away. At the time, WC called them “the offspring of Django Reinhard and The Texas Playboys.” They were…

Walter Becker of Steely Dan performs during the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

R.I.P. Walter Becker: Reelin’ in the Years


Walter Becker was the co-founder of Steely Dan, and because many people have strong opinions about Steely Dan’s music, they have strong opinions about Becker as well. But with co-founder Donald Fagen, Becker produced an amazing body of music, characterized by jazz-influenced rhythms, perfectionism, opaque, elliptical lyrics and absolutely impeccable production values. Their 1977 album, Aja,…

Albert Lee at the Cinder Winery, Boise, Idaho July 11, 2017

Albert Lee Returns to Boise


Albert Lee has been in the music business since 1959. He’s played with everyone from The Thunderbirds to Eric Clapton to Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers. But you’ve probably never heard of him, let alone seen him live. Well, you’ve missed a treat, because he just might be the greatest living guitarist, certainly if…