Country and Midwestern Wins Book of the Year — Twice

Hello from summer 2024, otherwise known as awards season for books published a year prior. I’m proud to announce that Country and Midwestern is the recipient of several honors these last few weeks. To start, Country and Midwestern is the 2024 Book of the Year [...]

By |June 30, 2024|

2023: The Year of Country and Midwestern

At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Fiona Prine, Jody Whelan, RJ Smith, Mark Guarino, Bonnie Koloc, Greg Cahill. Posting updates on this site clearly took a back seat for the second half of 2023 because this turned [...]

By |December 27, 2023|

Country and Midwestern is Here!

"Country and Midwestern: Chicago in the History of Country Music and the Folk Revival" is in stores! The result of 10 years of writing and research, the book is the first to fully document country music's long evolution in Chicago, its contribution [...]

By |July 2, 2023|

Hello 2022

Now that 2021 is winding to an end, I can’t imagine many people are holding vigils for its demise. The year was tough. For news people hardly got a break. I wrote about the first half of the year below. The second [...]

By |December 26, 2021|

Into 2021 and a Book Title and Date!

Even though 2021 has almost hit its six-month birthday, it feels like a new year has begun. The vaccinations are largely opening up the U.S. and, as such, it is beginning to feel like a proper summer. Sadly, this year is not [...]

By |May 31, 2021|

The Summer of Protests

The summer came and went for most journalists since the majority of time was spent covering action on the streets. Since the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man by Minneapolis police, Chicago was rocked by a wave of looting and then [...]

By |September 7, 2020|

Covering COVID-19 and John Prine

Don't think a pandemic that originated in China and one of this country's most beloved songwriters are connected? Sadly, they are. Earlier this year I was sent to O'Hare International Airport to cover the COVID-19 virus as it related to air travel [...]

By |April 21, 2020|

Starting 2020 Looking Back

Hello 2020! In 2019 I started writing for National Geographic Traveler. My first piece looks at former industrial sites across the Midwest that have been repurposed for retail, condominiums, art studios, and more. From gritty to pretty? That pretty much sums it [...]

By |January 3, 2020|