I'm the author of a number of books (on music-unrelated subjects), several winning awards for scholarly achievement. I'm a former magazine editor. My writing has been published in a variety of magazines, including fRoots, Fortean Times, Sing Out!, Wired, Outside, and others, and my reviews of blues, country, and bluegrass releases appear regularly at the website Rambles.Net. Songs I've co-written with Robin & Linda Williams have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Seldom Scene, Mary Black, Mollie O'Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more. I was first exposed to traditional music when I was a tiny kid, and I never got over it. I live in a small town in southwestern Minnesota.