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  • The romanticism of Matt Nathanson

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Pop-folkie Matt Nathanson had just returned from hanging in Hawaii, but it was a vacation he only enjoyed “50 percent,” he said.

    “I don’t really do it well,” the 38-year-old said of vacationing. “My time off is really spent digesting things for the music.”

    Still, for...

  • Debbie Friedman, inspired by the last words of Daniel Pearl

    January 10, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    [UPDATE] Debbie Friedman Funeral - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 11 am [LIVE VIDEO] - available here.

    Debbie Friedman, the popular singer and songwriter who died Sunday, wrote the following for “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” a collection of...

  • Singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman dies at 59

    January 10, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    [UPDATE] Debbie Friedman’s Funeral - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 11 am [LIVE VIDEO] - available here.

    Over the weekend, as singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman lay dying in a hospital bed in Southern California, the call went out to Jewish congregations around the world to pray for the...

  • Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel): The biggest Jew in country music [VIDEO]

    October 6, 2008 | 11:08 pm

    CRAPONNE SUR ARZON, France (JTA)—Think Jews and country music and you’ll probably come up with Kinky Friedman, the cigar-chomping frontman of the iconoclastic Texas Jewboys, who is also a humorist, mystery novelist and failed but flamboyant candidate for Texas governor.

    The real...

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  • Leonard Cohen Film Toasts Songwriter

    By Steven Rosen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "He's the man who comes down from the mountaintop with tablets of stone," says U2's guitarist, The Edge, in "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man," a documentary on Cohen, one of the greatest living songwriters, that is screening at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

    Comments on Cohen's many...

  • Words From the Old Ball Game

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With Seth Swirsky's Beatles-style haircut and soothing voice, one would probably hand him a guitar rather than a baseball bat. But if Swirsky -- a pop songwriter who has written gold- and platinum-selling albums for artists like Celine Dion and Taylor Dane -- were asked his...

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ Takes Strange Twist

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Joel Katz's intriguing new documentary about the anti-lynching ballad, "Strange Fruit," an African American poet says she always assumed the songwriter was black.

    Katz shared the same misconception before making his film, also titled "Strange Fruit," in the late 1990s. After all,...

  • Maseng of Many Hats

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somebody must have perfected human cloning, because no way is Danny Maseng just one person.

    When the singer-songwriter-guitarist-actor-poet-dramatist-lay rabbi-teacher-visionary, who will headline the Fund for Reform Judaism's annual fundraiser at Temple Isaiah in Rancho Park on...

  • Zen Cowboy

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's a new singing cowboy in town, and his name is Ken Kunin.

    "I've been in this crazy industry for about 10 years," says the lead vocalist/songwriter. And he's about to turn up the heat.

    His band, davis waits, has been receiving radio airplay , including on local outlets KLOS and...

  • Voices of Hope

    By Diane Arieff

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Chances are, there are not many singer-songwriters whose oeuvre contains subjects as disparate as the "Shecheyanu" and a visit to the dentist. But such is the nature of Craig Taubman's career.

    As founding director of Yad B'Yad, the Jewish Federation Council's teen performing arts...

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