Gary Whitehouse, Master Reviewer and Music Review Production Editor, remembers the 1960s as a golden era of American radio. "The small town where I grew up had two stations, and they played a wonderfully eclectic mix of popular music. At any particular time you might hear Buck Owens, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Janis Joplin, Trini Lopez, Al Hirt, Lawrence Welk, or The Byrds doing Dylan. Then after sundown you could listen to Wolfman Jack play r&b and soul." This started a lifetime of appreciation of a wide variety of music -- just about anything except "hard-core opera, hard-core punk, and the mess coming out of Nashville these days that some folks dare to call country." Gary lives in Western Oregon (the rainy part) where he works in "communications" for a state agency, having given up a newspaper career so he could eat. He occasionally gets on stage at the Albany Civic Theater. He and his wife, part-time blueberry farmers, like to contra dance and travel to warm, dry places.

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