Charlie Swanson

Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.

Music: Blues Wonder

For Taj Mahal, the blues is life. “It’s a living music to me, and it will always live because people will always have this kind...

Feature: Hot Summer Guide 2018

There’s nothing like a North Bay summer, when hundreds of community events, festivals, concerts, plays, parties and more—covering the region from Memorial Day to...

Music: Chart-Topper

Twenty albums and five decades into his musical career, Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning country music veteran Steve Wariner is making the most...

Arts: Timely Lessons

If the old saying is true, then those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. North Bay native and Harvard Professor...

Music: Float On

Floating Records was born on a boat—specifically a Sausalito houseboat—by longtime Marin resident and lifelong music lover Don Zimmer in 2011. “I was really interested...

Music: Light it Up

San Francisco songwriter Paige Clem describes herself as a free spirit, which is what led her to move from her hometown in Alabama to...

Music: Test of Time

Twenty years ago, when eclectic roots-rock duo Gypsy Soul was just starting out, husband-and-wife collaborators Roman Morykit and Cilette Swann moved to San Anselmo...

Music: Grounded

Contemporary country music songwriter Corey Smith was born in Jefferson, Georgia, and his roots in the small town have been a huge part of...

Music: Punk Pledge

If all had gone according to plan, fun-loving punk band and Santa Rosa natives Decent Criminal would be celebrating the October 13 release of...

Music: Rock Look

For the last four years, independent graphic artist Katie Kincade has made her mark on music in Sonoma and Marin counties as an innovative...

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