Author Archive: Dan Rylander

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A Journey of the Spirit

A Journey of the Spirit

January 30, 2017 |

“My Way or the Highway” Rich Hopkins and Luminarios San Jacinto Records, 2017 (America) Blue Rose Records, 2017 (Europe) The latest release from the musical mind of 30-year plus rock vet Rich Hopkins, his co-writer and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Lisa Novak, and the band’s luminary musicians from Houston and Tucson, is an excellent addition to the regional […]

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Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios: “Tombstone”

Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios: “Tombstone”

November 10, 2014 |

Sometimes music speaks to the listener as a songwriter’s personal history and observations. Sometimes, the pieces of music speak to the listener as a history, as in the history of Tucson or of the Western U.S. With Rich Hopkins and the Luminarios’ latest release, “Tombstone,” the sound and words of the 12 tracks work together […]

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Run Boy Run’s “Something to Someone”

Run Boy Run’s “Something to Someone”

August 31, 2014 |

The quintet comprising Run Boy Run is a tightly knit group, playing together since 2009 when they blended as a band through that most-common connection vehicle in greater Tucson, the UofA. Driven by virtuoso fiddle, cello, stand-up bass, guitar, and, above all, beautiful melodies and unearthly female vocal harmonies, they’ve carved a regional name for […]

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“Sunrise for Everyone”

“Sunrise for Everyone”

July 18, 2014 |

La Cerca Promises & Delivers Andrew Gardner is a driven musician. He has placed his songwriting and performing ambitions in the vessel of La Cerca, his musical project of choice, for over a dozen years. Now, at long last, many pieces of rock orchestration and musical prestidigitation which have heretofore only been available to those […]

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Experience Desert Birding & Wildlife

Experience Desert Birding & Wildlife

July 6, 2014 |

Tucson’s urbanites encounter wildlife on a regular basis. Our neighborhoods resound with bird songs 12 months of the year. Lizards, snakes, coyotes roam far and wide. I see rabbits on every walk in my mid-town ‘hood. Having lived in Tucson for over twenty years, I recognize that the Sonoran Desert’s boundary between town and the […]

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Tumamoc’s Artistic Inspiration

Tumamoc’s Artistic Inspiration

May 28, 2014 |

Tumamoc Hill. It broods on our western vista from Downtown Tucson, visible to the south and north for miles. Looming like an acropolis over the west central edge of Tucson proper, and marking the eastern outliers of the Tucson Mountains, its 3,108 foot peak and massive width dwarfs, by contrast, Sentinel Peak, aka “A” Mountain, […]

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Holiday Shopping to Lift Up the Less Fortunate

Holiday Shopping to Lift Up the Less Fortunate

November 25, 2013 |

The lack of affordable legal services for poor and working class Pima County residents is well known to anyone working in the legal and social services communities. The Volunteer Lawyers Program of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, which is one of the few organizations dedicated to this monumental affordable legal services problem, works tirelessly through volunteer […]

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The Bounty of Mesquite

The Bounty of Mesquite

November 15, 2013 |

Most people are aware of the smokey-flavor goodness grilling with mesquite offers, but the nutritional blessings of the tree go well beyond its wood chips in the grill. Native to our desert environment, the tree’s pods are oft regarded as a yard-raking nuisance, a mess to clean up and throw away. Indigenous residents of the […]

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Brewing Arizona

Brewing Arizona

October 19, 2013 |

A Century of Beer in the Grand Canyon State by Ed Sipos University of Arizona Press (2013), 360 pages Ed Sipos knows his ales from stouts, lagers from pilsners, and Belgium whites from IPAs. Sipos is also a member of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America – an organization dedicated to the support of the […]

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