Opening Salvo

Only Two More Days Till Tomorrow

“Baby, there’s only two more days till tomorrow.” That’s from the Gary Wilson song, “I Wanna Take You On A Sea Cruise.” Gary, an outsider music legend, expresses what many of us are feeling these days. How many conversations have you had lately with people who ask, “what day is it?” How many times have you had to check, regardless of how busy or bored you are? Right now, I can’t tell you what the date is without looking at my Doug the Pug calendar. (I am quite aware of that big “Copper 116” note scrawled in the July 27 box though.)

My sense of time has shifted and I know I’m not alone. It’s part of the new reality and an aspect maybe few of us would have foreseen. Well, as my friend Ed likes to say, “things change with time.”

Except for the fact that every moment is precious.

In this issue: Larry Schenbeck finds comfort and adventure in his music collection. John Seetoo concludes his interview with John Grado of Grado Labs. WL Woodward tells us about Memphis guitar legend Travis Wammack. Tom Gibbs finds solid hits from Sophia Portanet, Margo Price, Gerald Clayton and Gillian Welch. Anne E. Johnson listens to a difficult instrument to play: the natural horn, and digs Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly. Ken hits the road with progressive rock masters Nektar.

Audio shows are on hold? Rudy Radelic prepares you for when they’ll come back. Roy Hall tells of four weddings and a funeral. J.I. Agnew looks at colored vinyl and asks: does it sound good? Wayne Robins enjoys new albums from Bananagun and Khruangbin. I interview Carl Marchisotto of NOLA loudspeakers. Ray Chelstowski cranks his tube-amplified car stereo. Jay Jay French tells a reader why he had to abandon Grateful Dead fandom. To close the issue, Audio Anthropology takes the plunge, James Whitworth clocks in and our parting shotgun rider clowns around.