Articles written by: Terry Roland

Terry Paul Roland was born in West Texas, grew up in Southern California absorbing music as diverse as Buddy Holly, Love, The Doors, Hanks Williams, The Beach Boys and Woody Guthrie. His past features and interview subjects have included country and roots singer-songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, John Prine, Butch Hancock, Iris Dement, Ricky Skaggs, Blame Sally, Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, The Jayhawks, Taj Mahal and David Lindley. His articles and interviews have been prasied for their insights and unique perspective on some of today’s finest singer-songwriters. He also publishes with San Diego Troubadour, FolkWorks, No Depression and Sun209.

Chris Hillman’s Still Flying High on New Album, Bidin’ My Time

Chris Hillman’s Still Flying High on New Album, Bidin’ My Time

By Terry Roland Chris Hillman’s first solo album in a decade provides a roadmap through his 55-year career. Never one to base his work on the past, Hillman has brought to the album, continuity, with […]

Songwriter Jack Tempchin’s Peaceful Easy Feeling

Songwriter Jack Tempchin’s Peaceful Easy Feeling

By Terry Roland With the release of Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs of Jack Tempchin, the soulfully seasoned singer-songwriter is experiencing a career renaissance that defies the conventional musical biography story that has the songwriter […]

Tom Petty: An Appreciation

Tom Petty: An Appreciation

By Terry Paul Roland When he took the stage and the music began, if you listened closely, through the drums, the organ, the electric guitars, you could hear thunder, feel its movement, you could see […]

Don Williams: An Appreciation

Don Williams: An Appreciation

By Terry Roland Thank God for singers of songs. In past music eras, they were the stars. Frank Sinatra and Elvis are two iconic examples of singers who most songwriters would give up their first-born […]

Legends: Glen Campbell

Legends: Glen Campbell

By Terry Paul Roland If life is merely a passage, as I believe it is, then once the journey through this valley of tears has ended, “A better place awaits, you’ll see,” as Glen Campbell […]

Terry Allen’s Juarez

Terry Allen’s Juarez

By Terry Roland Imagine a stormy West Texas night. A freak storm has just hit in the middle of August. Monsoon winds blow through from Mexico. We are in a near empty room with fading […]

Del McCoury Brings His Own Brand of Bluegrass to the Huck Finn Jubilee

Del McCoury Brings His Own Brand of Bluegrass to the Huck Finn Jubilee

By Terry Paul Roland Talking with Del McCoury is like spending an hour with a favorite uncle you haven’t connected with in years. He’s congenial, funny and quick with scattered stories of his historic past. […]

Jim Lauderdale: Americana’s Country Journeyman Returns to L.A.

Jim Lauderdale: Americana’s Country Journeyman Returns to L.A.

By Terry Paul Roland With a career as diverse as the emerging genre we call ‘Americana,’ Jim Lauderdale continues on the same track toward collaboration, generosity and an imagination fused with the influence of Country and Bluegrass […]

Shaver and His Maker: The TJ Interview

Shaver and His Maker: The TJ Interview

By Terry Roland Sometime in 1946 when legendary singer-songwriter, Billy Joe Shaver, was a child, he crawled out of the window of his grandmother’s house and followed the railroad tracks to downtown Corsicana, Texas.  Homer & Jethro […]

The Resurrection of Ray Wylie Hubbard: The TJ Interview

The Resurrection of Ray Wylie Hubbard: The TJ Interview

By Terry Paul Roland Ray Wylie Hubbard’s  new album, The Grifter’s Hymnal, is like a church service held at the funkiest roadhouse bar this side of the Mississippi. He is at once, a ragged prophet, […]