Chris Knutsen and the Harp Guitar

Tacoma has no shortage of guitar-related history, from a wide array of performers playing our venues to the Tacoma Guitars line manufactured here from the 1990s through the early 2000s. But today's story takes us back a century prior, to a creative instrument builder who patented his designs for the harp guitar while living in... Continue Reading →

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The Doma Tacoma!

My recent project - digitizing vinyl that has been hiding out in the collections of local libraries and historical societies - has uncovered another fun gem! This novelty song, The Doma Tacoma, was written by local musician Arel Thomas and performed by The Kicks, a short-lived early-1980's band, in honor of the opening of the Tacoma... Continue Reading →

Booster Songs for a New Hometown

With thanks again to the Northwest Room librarians at Tacoma Public Library, I'm pleased to share audio of music by Joe Jordan from two 45-rpm albums that have been sitting in the library's basement archives since the 1960s. As I've previously shared here and here, Joe Jordan, a musician out of the ragtime era, chose Tacoma... Continue Reading →

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

As someone who enjoys researching local history, and who also happens to come from a long line of music teachers, it is not surprising that I have spent a substantial amount of time over the past few years exploring the story of Margaret Rawson Goheen and the choral program she developed at Tacoma's Lincoln High... Continue Reading →

Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, and KTNT

Many of the stories we've shared here are about homegrown Tacoma musicians. Occasionally, though, we stumble on an interesting coincidence of history, a moment in time when Tacoma played a significant role in the career of a musician from elsewhere. Such is the tale of how an appearance on Tacoma television would lead to recording... Continue Reading →

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