The Bluebonnets at SXSW

I can't be at SXSW, but I'm thrilled to help spread the word about The Bluebonnets, a straight-up rock and roll band with a bluesy foundation. The Bluebonnets feature Kathy Valentine on lead guitar, with amazing vocals and bass by Dominique Davalos. Eve Monsees is rhythm guitarist. Update: The new lineup includes Michelle Schreiber on drums. KV describes her as "freakin fantastic." "Rumor" … [Read more...]

Social Media & The Bluebonnets in Austin

One year ago this week, the last week of July, I was driving through Texas en route to Colorado. During my trip, I had the great fortune of spending three nights in Austin, where I got to hang out with my good friend, DeDe and her daughter, Heather, and see The Bluebonnets perform live—twice—at two legendary venues. More on those performances in just a few paragraphs. I started writing this post … [Read more...]

Why the Go-Go’s matter in rock history

I happen to believe in historical and factual accuracy. So did Ben Franklin. Spin is one thing. We can argue all day about "who" is most influential in rock music history. But it's simply ludicrous to completely ignore the as-yet-unduplicated album chart success of the Go-Go's, the first all-female band to write their own songs, play the music AND hit #1 on the Billboard album charts. In … [Read more...]