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 →

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Go, Giants, Go!

This is not as much as story about music as it is a story about Tacoma, community, and baseball. But before we get into all that, take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_5Y9Qrn71s   In my previous research into Joe Jordan (1882-1971), I'd seen reference to several songs he wrote for his chosen hometown of Tacoma: one for the... 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 →

Nirvana’s Tacoma Connections

  For her final paper in my Musical History of Tacoma class at UW Tacoma, student Kaisa Cannon decided to explore her father's favorite band, Nirvana, and determine whether the band typically associated with Seattle had any roots in Tacoma. Even a casual devotee of the grunge group would likely guess the answer to be yes,... Continue Reading →

A Life with Banjo Accompaniment

By Kim Davenport A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with my longtime neighbor, Loraine Lewis, to learn more about the history of the Tacoma Banjo Club, a group with which she has been involved since its inception in 1985. That 30+ year history was enough to engage my curiosity as... Continue Reading →

Booster Songs for the City of Destiny

Thanks to a great audience at this talk!  If you missed the opportunity to attend in person, you can still view the presentation here! *** Want to learn more about Tacoma music history AND enjoy a great evening out at the same time?  Join Kim Davenport and special guest Ryan Bede for the August iteration... Continue Reading →

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