Tarnation’s ‘What Is and Was’ is a year old. Now’s a good time to listen.

All too often in this age of music journalism centering on the newest and hottest, gems sometimes slip through the cracks and unfortunately miss that magic window of coverage when it's "new." Paula Frazer and Tarnation's What is and Was turned a year old last month, and it's a gem I don't want to let slip through the cracks any longer. I'm not entirely sure why we missed it when it was "new," but luckily our coverage of Jacob Aranda's debut led me back to it. Throughout What Is and Was, Tarnation sets up a world where Paula Frazer's soaring [...]

11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music at Great American, 1/12/2012

Sleepless Nights headliner Red Meat A long list of Bay area artists will honor Gram Parsons Saturday at the Great American Music Hall for the "11th Annual Sleepless Nights: A Tribute to Gram Parsons & Cosmic American Music". Event organizer and member of Sweet Chariot Eric Shea explains what "cosmic American music" meant to Parsons. "Music writers wanted to call him country-rock, but he pushed back and challenged them to listen more closely so they can hear the soul, gospel, Americana, blues and rock that all blended together into one grand sound," says Shea. "Cosmic American music was his vision [...]

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