Work Experience
    Freelance writer/author, book editor, 2019-present
    Music critic/Arts reporter, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1991-2019
    Co-editor, University of Texas Press American Music Series, 2011-2019
    Music critic/Feature writer, The Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) – 1985-1990
    Oil-field roustabout -- 1980-1982
    Auto-parts store clerk -- 1978-79
    Master of Arts, Journalism – University of Texas (1985)
    Bachelor of Arts, English – Southwestern University (1983)
    2021 North Carolinana Society Book Award
    Eric Hoffer Book Awards – 2021 First Runner-up, 2013 Honorable Mention
    2019 Piedmont Laureate
    North Carolina Press Association -- Criticism, first place (2007, 2001, 1998), second place (2013) and third place (2009); Arts/entertainment reporting, first place (2017, 2011), second place (2014) and third place (2018); Profile feature, second place (2017); Feature writing, second place (2018)
    American Association of Sunday and Feature editors -– Criticism, Third place (1996) and honorable mention (2002); Multi-media innovation, third place (2009)
    Rolling Stone
New York Times
No Depression
Acoustic Guitar
Mother Jones
    Alumni magazines: Appalachian State, Auburn, Bowling Green, Brandeis, Brown, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, Iowa, Johns Hopkins, Kansas, Miami of Florida, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oberlin, Ohio State, Penn State, Princeton, Purdue, Rice, Rochester, Southern California, Stanford, Taft, Texas, Tufts, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin



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