Hip Twang: Progressive bluegrass music history in ten albums or so
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Hip Twang: Progressive bluegrass music history in ten albums or so

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published in the Boulder Weekly) You know who you are. You are America’s sect of young bluegrass devotees. I’m not saying you’re a hipster or anything, just that you are probably under 40. You probably are a fan of Punch Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, … Continue reading

The secret to a memorable spaghetti sauce isn’t the recipe
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

The secret to a memorable spaghetti sauce isn’t the recipe

(PHOTOGRAPH BY E.J. CARR) By JOHN LEHNDORFF “My spaghetti sauce doesn’t taste right.” That’s what an old friend told me recently as we “met” on Zoom for happy hour. I had asked Bill what he and his wife had been cooking during the stay-at-home time. They were trying to recreate old favorites. “The tomato sauce … Continue reading

Twinkies: toxic junk or the people’s cream puff?
Colorado food / Eating

Twinkies: toxic junk or the people’s cream puff?

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Originally published Oct. 6, 1986 in the Boulder Daily Camera) Rows of air-powered nozzles squoosh white “whip” into pans full of the oblong yellow cakes, which puff as they are filled. The silver-colored molds are then automatically empties onto a conveyor belt, and an endless parade of the sweet snacks moves across … Continue reading

Album captures the eclectic range of late Boulder guitarist Charles Sawtelle
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Album captures the eclectic range of late Boulder guitarist Charles Sawtelle

(Originally published in the Rocky Mountain News in 2001) By John Lehndorff News Staff Writer In late 1994, Boulder guitarist and record producer Charles Sawtelle called his old friend, fiddler and singer Laurie Lewis. “He asked me if I would produce his solo album. I was very flattered,” says Lewis. She also knew the project … Continue reading

Impossible to Beyond: Rating the plant-based fast food burgers
Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

Impossible to Beyond: Rating the plant-based fast food burgers

By JOHN LEHNDORFF I was just outside of Boulder when I spotted a Burger King and decided that the time had finally come for my great meat-and-greet initiation. As a dining critic I’ve sampled some great cheeseburgers over the years and, living in the Boulder area, I had my share of bean and grain burgers, … Continue reading

Sam Bush has made a second musical home in Colorado
Music / Music festivals

Sam Bush has made a second musical home in Colorado

By JOHN LEHNDORFF They call him the “King of Telluride” because the Kentucky-born, Nashville-based musician has performed every June for 45 years at the town’s legendary bluegrass festival. You could also call Sam Bush the King of Colorado. The poster for the Sam Bush Band’s current tour shows a cartoon musician riding a moose through … Continue reading

On ‘Cue: Colorado’s top BBQ joints
Colorado food / Food and Cooking

On ‘Cue: Colorado’s top BBQ joints

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Once upon a time, wannabe pros played tours of small golf tournaments known as the “barbecue circuit.” Players were often fed grilled hot dogs and the play on less-than-pristine links tended to be hotly competitive. These days the barbecue circuit in Colorado is a battery of artisan smokehouses competing for fans who … Continue reading

Taking Out Ethnic Food: Should we stop ‘othering’ otherwise American food?
Eating / Food trends

Taking Out Ethnic Food: Should we stop ‘othering’ otherwise American food?

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Published in the March 2020 Sensi Magazine (Denver/Boulder)   ‘Ethnic’ Food Goes Back 4,000 Years It’s hard to take any culture’s claim to culinary purity seriously, because invasion, intermarriage and migration have brought new flavors and ingredients around the world. It wasn’t always easy. Imagine the consternation the day the first cook … Continue reading