PortFolio Weekly

Port Folio Weekly




Interviews with Claire Lynch, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Rideout, Noel Paul Stookey, Hal Ketchum, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls, Lonnie Liston Smith, Clarence Clemons, Jane Monheit, General Norman Johnson, Kathy Mattea, Christine Lavin, Bill Staines, Cheryl Bentyne, Dianne Reeves, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger of The Mammals, Chris Leslie of Fairport Convention, Carrie Newcomer, Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Steve Bassett, Gove Scrivenor, Michael McDonald, Mike Seeger, Dave Mallett, Peter Frampton, Kathleen Grace, Christian McBride, Marvin Hamlisch, Randy Brecker, Livingston Taylor and more; plus reviews, political commentary and other articles published in 2007.


Interviews with Bruce Hornsby, Stephen Stills, Loudon Wainwright III, John Gorka, Robert Jospe, Marcia Ball, Steve March Torme, Mavis Staples, Janis Ian, Kurt Elling, Patti Austin, John Abercrombie, Mark O'Connor, David Russell, Arturo O'Farrill, Natalie MacMaster, James Moody, Tommy Malone of the Subdudes, Poco's Rusty Young, Chris Hillman, George Benson, Richie Havens, Erin Bode, David Grisman and more; plus a whole slew of CD, DVD and concert reviews; lots of political commentary and other articles published in 2006.

- 2005 -

"All I Want for Christmas...are some New Box Sets"
December 13, 2005
Reviews of new CD/DVD hybrid box sets by Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Donovan and Traffic.

"Old, New, Folkie & Blue"
December 13, 2005
Jim Newsom's 10 most listened to CDs of 2005.

"Sounds of the Season"
December 13, 2005
New Christmas releases and reissues for the holiday season.

"Sweet Judy Blue Eyes"
December 13, 2005
Judy Collins talks about her career.

"Jo Dee Messina Keeps on Believin'"
December 6, 2005
Country music star Jo Dee Messina talks about her life and career.

December 6, 2005
Reviews of Best of Todd Rundgren Live and Hendrik Meurkens' Amazon River.

"Travelin' Man"
November 29, 2005
An interview with folk/blues guitarist and storyteller Roy Book Binder.

"Take 5: Sonya Lorelle"
November 29,2005
Talking with singer/songwriter Sonya Lorelle.

"Rewriting History"
November 22, 2005
A commentary on the Bush administration's new offensive against opponents of the Iraq War.

"The Big Man is a Big Hit"
November 22, 2005
A review of Kevin Mahogany's Jazz on Granby concert.

"Traveling by Starship"
November 22, 2005
Reviews of the Legacy reissues of Blows Against the Empire and Red Octopus
by Jefferson Starship.

"The Man with the Magic Touch"
November 15, 2005
An interview with jazz guitar star Stanley Jordan.

"Up on Nickel Creek"
November 8, 2005
An interview with Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.

"An Intimate Evening on Granby Street"
November 8, 2005
Jazz singer Kevin Mahogany returns to Norfolk.

"An Evening with Arlo"
November 8, 2005
A review of Arlo Guthrie's Live in Sydney.

"Death by Politics"
November 1, 2005
A commentary on the death penalty and the Virginia gubernatorial campaign.

"Callaway's Return Engagement"
November 1, 2005
Jazz diva Ann Hampton Callaway talks about her recent activities.

"Mom Always Liked Him Best"
November 1, 2005
An interview with comedian Dick Smothers.

"Jazz from the Latin Side"
November 1, 2005
Reviews of World on a String by Dave Valentin and Somewhere by Trio da Paz.

"Magic Songs, Magic Times"
October 25, 2005
Songwriter Bill Thomas talks about his days on the Captain Kangaroo TV show
and his CD of children's music, Time Can Be So Magic.

"Game Over"
October 18, 2005
A commentary on George Bush, the Harriet Miers nomination
and the unraveling of the Bush presidency.

"Grady on Granby"
October 18, 2005
An interview with jazz legend Grady Tate.

"Big Bad Bari Man"
October 18, 2005
An interview with baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson.

"The Quintessential Bill Evans Box"
October 18, 2005
A review of The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 by the Bill Evans Trio.

"Michael Lille's Musical Wanderlust"
October 11, 2005
An interview with singer/songwriter Michael Lille.

October 11, 2005
Reviews of Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall,
Maceo Parker's School's In and The Dylan Project 2.

"One Man Jam Band"
October 4, 2005
An interview with guitarist Keller Williams.

October 4, 2005
Reviews of Chris Hillman's The Other Side and the reissue of
Buckwheat Zydeco's 100% Fortified Zydeco.

"America's Best Songwriter"
September 27, 2005
An interview with multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams.

"The Hank Williams of American Poetry"
September 27, 2005
An interview with poet Miller Williams.

"In Hearing of...Jae Sinnett"
September 27, 2005
An interview with jazz drummer Jae Sinnett.

"Free Speech: Letter to the Editor"
September 27, 2005
A letter to the editor regarding "A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Fulfilled" and Jim's response.

September 27, 2005
A review of Joe McBride's Texas Hold 'Em.

"All Dylan, All Day"
September 20, 2005
A review of Bob Dylan: No Direction Home.

"A Fulltime Folkie from Seaford"
September 20, 2005
An interview with folksinger/songwriter Ron Fetner.

"A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Fulfilled"
September 13, 2005
A commentary on Republican leadership in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"More from the Masters"
September 13, 2005
A new batch of reissues in Sony Legacy's Jazz Masterpieces series.

"Songs of the Female Underdog"
September 6, 2005
An interview with folksinger/songwriter Julie Clark.

"For Jazz Buffs: A Few Bright Spots on the Horizon"
September 6, 2005
A preview of jazz offerings this fall in the Seven Cities of southeastern Virginia.

"Keeping the Folk Fires Burning"
September 6, 2005
A preview of the folk scene this fall in the Seven Cities.

September 6, 2005
Reviews of new releases by Charles Darden and Joe Zawinul, and
a reissue of The Swinging Side of Bobby Darin.

Recordings: "A Couple of Old Friends" and "A Pearl of a Girl"
August 30, 2005
Reviews of Sittin' in Again: The Best of Loggins & Messina and the Legacy edition of Janis Joplin's Pearl.

"The Other 'F' Word"
August 23, 2005
A commentary on Cindy Sheehan, George Bush and the meaning of fascism.

"A Trip on the Tierney Sutton Band Bus"
August 23, 2005
A review of Tierney Sutton's I'm With the Band.

"The Blues is His Calling"
August 16, 2005
An interview with bluesman John Hammond.

August 16, 2005
Reviews of Kevyn Lettau's Bye Bye Blackbird, Dr. John's The Best of the Parlophone Years,
Listen Here! by Eddie Palmieri and Najee's My Point of View.

"JT in VB: Memories and Surprises"
August 2, 2005
A review of James Taylor's concert in Virginia Beach.

"As Long as It's Got Soul"
July 26, 2005
An interview with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

Recordings: "Cole Keeps It Cool" and "Peering Into Gershwin's Soul"
July 26, 2005
Reviews of Freddy Cole's This Love of Mine and Bill Charlap Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul.

"Tinkling the Todi Ivories"
July 19, 2005
Pianist Dick Morgan comes to the Todi Music Festival.

"100 Best"
July 19, 2005
Jim's contributions to the 100 Best issue.

"Spyro Gyra's Fusion Evolution"
July 12, 2005
An interview with Jay Beckenstein of Spyro Gyra.

"A Trio of Trumpeters"
June 28, 2005
Reviews of new reissues by Herb Alpert, Chet Baker and Dizzy Gillespie.

"Two Takes on Tull"
June 14, 2005
Reviews of two Jethro Tull DVDs - Nothing is Easy: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 and Living with the Past.

"In the Beginning..."
June 7, 2005
A commentary on evolution, The Bible and "Intelligent Design."

"Bluegrass From Yonder Mountain"
June 7, 2005
An interview with bassist Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band.

"American Theatre, Alive at Five"
May 31, 2005
An interview with director Michael Curry on the fifth anniversary of the American Theatre.

"Reflections of My Life"
May 24, 2005
Five songs associated with special times.

"The New (and Classic) Hotness"
May 24, 2005
Reviews of six recent jazz releases.

"CD Reviews: What's Spinnin'"
May 24, 2005
Reviews of Here Come the Choppers by Loudon Wainwright III, and Gypsy in My Soul by Connie Evingson.

"Mr. Folk Music"
May 17, 2005
An interview with folk musician Bob Zentz.

"One of the Lucky Ones"
May 10, 2005
An interview with jazz vibes legend Gary Burton.

Recordings: "Exuberance and Beauty" and "Saxophonic Tributes"
May 10, 2005
Reviews of Cheryl Bentyne's Let Me Off Uptown, David "Fathead" Newman's I Remember Brother Ray and James Moody's Homage.

"Quintessential Sounds"
May 3, 2005
Reviews of new releases in the Essential series from Sony Legacy: The O'Jays, Dion, Pete Seeger and Poco.

"Tierney Sutton's Jazz Incarnation"
April 26, 2005
An interview with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton.

"Guitar Town"
April 26, 2005
Review of concerts by the Pat Metheny Group and Orpheus.

"Callaway Captivates at CNU"
April 19, 2005
A review of Ann Hampton Callaway's performance at the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival.

"Acoustic Renaissance Man"
April 12, 2005
An interview with folk guitarist Dan Crary.

"Joe Locke's Good Vibes"
April 12, 2005
An interview with jazz vibist Joe Locke.

"A Passionate Nature"
April 5, 2005
An interview with jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway.

"Tilbrook Takes the Beach"
April 5, 2005
Glenn Tilbrook kicks off a new American tour in Virginia Beach.

"Making Magic with Music"
March 22, 2005
An interview with acoustic guitar virtuoso Stephen Bennett.

"A Fascinating Ride"
March 22, 2005
Pat Metheny on tour with a new CD, The Way Up.

"Bird Calls"
March 22, 2005
A review of saxophonist Stefano di Battista's CD, Parker's Mood.

"Cathie Ryan: Celtic at Heart"
March 15, 2005
An interview with Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan.

"Tijuana Treasures and Guilty Pleasures"
March 15, 2005
Reviews of the first three CD reissues in the Herb Alpert Signature Series.

"See Her Again"
March 8, 2005
An interview with actress and singer Michelle Phillips.

"A Bebop Heart Full of Soul"
March 1, 2005
Talking with jazz saxophone legend David "Fathead" Newman and vocalist Frank D'Rone.

"Goodbye Gonzo"
March 1, 2005
A few passing thoughts on Hunter S. Thompson's passing.

"Chris Brubeck's Triple Play"
February 22, 2005
An interview with jazz musician Chris Brubeck.

"The Real Threat to Social Security"
February 15, 2005
An historical analysis of Social Security and George W. Bush's attempt to destroy it.

"Smokin' Blues"
February 15, 2005
The effects of secondhand smoke on working musicians.

"Return from Forever"
February 15, 2005
A review of guitarist Bill Connors' Return.

"Rising from Peanut Dust"
February 8, 2005
A personal look at Suffolk, Virginia, past and present.

"Freddy Cole: All About Love"
February 8, 2005
An interview with jazz great Freddy Cole.

"Super New to You"
February 1, 2005
Reviews of five new Fantasy Jazz reissues in the Super Audio CD format.

"The Book of Ruth"
January 25, 2005
Rhythm & Blues pioneer Ruth Brown talks about her roots in Norfolk and Portsmouth.

"Swingin' on Granby Street"
January 25, 2005
An interview with jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski.

Recordings: "Sharing the Light" and "Winter-Time Blues"
January 18, 2005
Reviews of Alice Coltrane's Translinear Light and the Legacy reissue of Johnny Winter's Second Winter.

"Have a Little Faith"
January 11, 2005
Jim Newsom picks the Best Ten CD releases of 2004.


Interviews with James Galway, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues, Monica Mancini, Glenn Tilbrook, Brian Auger, Arlo Guthrie, Chicago guitarist Keith Howland, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ricky Skaggs, John Pizzarelli, Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets, Bobby Vinton and more; plus lots of reviews, columns and other articles published in 2004.


Interviews with Maria Muldaur, Rene Marie, Bill Deal and Ammon Tharp, Keely Smith, Tommy Newsom, Sonny Rollins, Grand Funk's Don Brewer, Robert Lamm of Chicago, Noel Paul Stookey, Ravi Coltrane, Randy Brecker and more; plus CD reviews, concert reviews, book reviews and various other articles published in 2003.


Interviews with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, jazz giant McCoy Tyner, Herbie Mann, Kevin Mahogany, Ruth Brown, Gary U. S. Bonds, Bruce Hornsby, folkie Dave Mallett and more; plus lots of reviews and other stuff published in 2002.