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I’m not big on blogging. I just don’t think people care about what I’m doing at any given moment… (Mon 8:02am Brushing teeth. 3rd upper left bicuspid anti-molar is looking a little yellow. I may have to buy some of that tooth whitening stuff.) To tell you the truth, even I don’t care. If someone Twittered about my every move, I think I’d shoot them. I don’t need a play-by-play.

But here are a few things that have gone on recently.

Some WTMD blogs

I was appointed to the Baltimore County telecommunications advisory panel. All that means is that if you have a problem with your Verizon or Comcast bill, I can tell you that I can’t do anything about it, although you don’t have to spend an hour on hold first. That’s an improvement.

I’ve been filling in at WTMD occasionally. I really like doing the noon-to-3 pm (Eastern Time) Mon-Fri shift where I get to pick 15-20 minutes of a “Live Lunch” feature artist. (The rest of the playlist is pre-chosen.) I’ve played live tracks by Sam Bush, Little Feat, Richard Thompson, and The Byrds recently. Coming up this week (Wed Nov 23 & Fri Nov 25) are Steeleye Span and Stan Rogers. On Veteran’s Day I did the mid-morning shift and snuck in songs by John Flynn (“Semper Fi”), Joel Mabus (“Touch a Name on the Wall”), and Bruuuuce Springsteen (“Chimes of Freedom”). You can listen in at And hike on over to their Facebook page if you want to tell them how cool Live Lunch is (wait until after I play it, please!)

Of course, I’m still doing Detour, the folk, roots, and world music show on Sundays 5-7 pm. Again, you can listen at and if you want to comment on the facebook page I won’t stop you. Playlists and Baltimore-area concert calendar are available at

Driftwood Magazine, the successor to Dirty Linen, got 5th place (out of 12) in the “Best Entertainment Blog” in the Baltimore Sun’s annual Mobbies voting for best Maryland blogs. Not bad for a blog covering music and not mentioning Lady Gaga or Michael Jackson even once.

And if anyone has a print media or software engineering (heavy duty C and/or assembly language) job in the Baltimore area, I’d be happy to talk to you.

— Paul

Paul’s “Detour” radio show article

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I have been hosting “Detour“, the folk, roots and world music show on WTMD since around 1995. Towson Patch did a story on the show today. You can listen online at on Sundays, 5-7 pm Eastern Time, and via free apps for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones. Lots of music that would be of interest to former Dirty Linen readers.

Also, Baltimore Magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Poll voted WTMD the “Best Radio Station” this week.


WTMD’s auction features Dirty Linen


I still host Detour, a weekly folk, roots and world music radio show on WTMD. There is a fundraising auction underway through May 20th.

There is as near a complete set of Dirty Linen magazines available as is possible. Every issue that is not sold out is included in this auction item. There will be more than the 80 issues mentioned, as I recently found some single copies of sold-out issues that are very rare. This is a great way to catch up on several decades’ worth of roots music journalism. (Auction closes May 20, 2011 4:30 PM EDT)

The second item is being a guest DJ on Detour. Have you ever wanted to share some of your favorite music with Detour listeners? Now’s your chance to program one hour of music for Detour. You can also be guest host and comment on your selections on-air if you wish. I’ll contact the winning bidder to set a mutually-agreeable Sunday. (Auction item closes May 19, 2011 5:30 PM EDT)


Dirty Linen mentioned in Sing Out!

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We’re thrilled to read Sing Out! editor Mark Moss’s kind words about Dirty Linen in the latest issue of Sing Out! (Volume 53#4 — Summer 2010).  While many considered us to be competitors or rivals, we felt that we were in the same leaky rowboat. With broken oars. Trying to go up the waterfall. Alligators all around.  Hungry lions on the shoreline.

It’s not easy putting out a quality print magazine covering non-mainstream music with a staff of fewer than half of what is needed and a budget that leaves no room for error. But great music and people — writers, photographers, musicians, readers alike — make it all worthwhile.

Thanks Mark!


Newsflash: Driftwood Music Magazine


DriftwoodDriftwood has been spotted floating toward shore…

Driftwood Music Magazine has been launched! Many former Dirty Linen writers have teamed up with writers who contributed to Paste, Music Monthly, and other fine publications to bring you the best in folk, roots, world, and rock music commentary.

Sue and I wholeheartedly support this effort and wish Driftwood much success.


Stories From a Delta Bridal Room

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Georgianne Nienaber was preparing articles for Dirty Linen, but, alas, none of them saw print as issues were canceled.  RootsWorld has published Georgianne’s talk with Southern songwriters Caroline Herring, Claire Holley, and Kate Campbell about their tribute to author and photographer Eudora Welty.

Dirty Linen mentioned in Folk Alliance International newsletter

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We are honored to be prominently mentioned in the current Folk Alliance International newsletter.

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