David Menconi is a music critic/arts reporter at the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, his professional address since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Boulder (CO) Daily Camera.

His degrees include a masters in journalism from the University of Texas, an undergraduate English degree from Southwestern University and a valid high-school diploma.

In addition to writing for various other publications on the side, he is also co-editor of the American Music Series for University of Texas Press, which published "Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown" in 2012. UT Press published his latest book in October 2015, "Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel."
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