John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Prine, 2019 (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

R.I.P. John Prine, 1946-2020


This one hurts. This one hurts a lot. John Prine was a treasure. From his extraordinary self-titled debut album to Tree of Forgiveness, his last, he was a superb songwriter. He was a terrific live act, too: WC saw him live 10-12 times, from the very start of his career at Chicago’s Quiet Knight, to a…

Roseanne Cash on the Talahatchie Bridge, cover of her The River & the Thread album

Concert Review: Roseanne Cash


At least since 1981, when she released her gold album “Seven Year Ache,” Roseanne Cash has handled her famous name, famous father and the extended Carter family with dignity and grace. She’s a multi-Grammy winner, a superb songwriter and a wonderful live act. Of course WC – apparently COVID-19 free himself – braved the risk…

Hot Club of Cowtown: Whit Smith, Elana James and Jake Erwin, rocking the Cinder Winery in Boise (Mrs. WC photo)

Concert Review: Hot Club of Cowtown


Long-time readers of Wickersham’s Conscience know that Hot Club of Cowtown is one of WC’s very favorite live bands. Some readers have likely never hear of the band. But WC attended his fourth Hot Club concert earlier this week and can honestly report the band is only getting better.1 Hot Club is a trio: Whit…

Bob Shane, left, with other members of the Kingston Trio — John Stewart, center, and Nick Reynolds — in Hollywood in 1967. The group spearheaded a folk revival in the late 1950s. Mr. Shane, Mr. Reynolds and Dave Guard were the original members; Mr. Stewart replaced Mr. Guard in 1961.Credit...Associated Press

R.I.P. Bob Shane, 1934-2020


The Kingston Trio was the first live, national act WC ever saw. It was in 1965, in Seattle, at an auditorium on the University of Washington campus. The Trio was probably past its prime by then. Founding member Dave Guard had left, replaced by the very talented John Stewart. The gold and platinum albums had…

The Blues Addicts, with the Brass Tacks Horns, at the Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel, Boise

Music Review: The Blues Addicts


Unless you are from the Boise, Idaho area, you’ve probably never heard of the Blues Addicts. They’re a Boise group, mostly made up of gray-haired guys – those who still have hair – who happen to like a slightly jazzy interpretation of the blues. They play because they love to, and their fun flows through…

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, publicity photo

T.S.O.: Way Over the Top


T.S.O. is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. WC attended his first T.S.O. concert the other night. And it’s going to be tough to describe. A show that’s so far over the top that you can’t even see the top any more. The first third of the show was Christmas music. Christmas music as it might have been…