A few weeks ago, I had the unusual opportunity of re-walking through several years of musical experiences in the ‘60s and ‘70s by reading Jon Taplin’s new book, The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life. As a tour manager for Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones,[…]
It’s Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday and that reminded me of this incident. – DH It was December 1977 or 1978 and I was driving from Madison to Minneapolis with April and Rachael to visit our families for Christmas. We stopped in Menominee to pick up April’s brother, Dean. Around midnight[…]
I had the pleasure of working with Don Heffington on two albums, Crooked Hearts and Roots and Branches. Don was a consummate professional. He arrived ahead of time, set up his drum kit, and was ready to roll when most of us were still tuning up. The long list of[…]
By Darryl Holter, William Estrada and John Echeveste Los Angeles Times | Dec. 6, 2020 Whether with a bulldozer or stroke of a pen, Los Angeles often shows little respect for its multilayered history. To most motorists, Figueroa, Pico and Alvarado may just be major and meaningless congested streets that[…]
San Francisco’s iconic City Lights bookstore on verge of closing Sad news. Another victim of Coronavirus might be San Francisco’s venerable City Lights Bookstore. Like other bookstores in California, including our Chevalier’s Books in LA, it has been shuttered since March 16 and may not survive. I’ve always loved City[…]
Darryl Holter’s Performance & Presentation: Life During the Great Depression in Southern California From October 26, 2019 at The Glendale Public Library. Darryl Holter sings Woody Guthrie songs and shares stories from Guthrie’s time in Los Angeles. Presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum. Darryl performs several[…]
The La Crescenta Valley New Year’s Flood of 1934: Life During the Great Depression in Southern California Join local artist Darryl Holter on a musical odyssey of Glendale’s weather history. Holter sings Woody Guthrie songs and shares video commemorating the 1934 Crescenta New Year’s Day flood. This video features Darryl[…]
In his new documentary, Martin Scorsese revisits a famous Bob Dylan tour that included Joan Baez and Allen Ginsberg. Martin Scorsese’s belated film on Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” in 1975 is a cinematic gem. We see Dylan joined once again with stunningly beautiful Joan Baez, their duets recreating the[…]
Tony Glover was an incredible blues harpist and a major figure in the music scene in Minneapolis. Mick Jagger and John Lennon learned to play blues harp from Tony and his “Blues Harp” book. In the late ‘60s Tony took over the all-night “underground” shift at KDWB AM. While Dave[…]
Update – “Hadestown” Wins 8 Tony Awards Anais Mitchell won a Tony for best musical score and Hadestown won for best musical. 8 Tony Awards in all! – DH “Hadestown” is Front-Runner for Tony Awards The brilliant singer-songwriter, Anaïs Mitchell, who sang with me on my Roots and Branches album[…]
Darryl Holter grew up playing the guitar and singing country and rock and roll songs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His current brand of Americana music draws from country, blues and folk traditions and often tells stories about people, places and events.
Besides his music, Holter has worked as an academic, a labor leader, an urban revitalization planner, and an entrepreneur. Darryl Holter is also a historian who has written on Woody Guthrie and a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books.