...a Gracie award-winning talk show host and deejay at Sirius XM Radio, commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, author, journalist, photographer, musician, sailor and world traveler. New book out in October 2018:
I've authored and contributed to a number of books [The Bruce Springsteen Vault (Omnibus Press, 2015), Woman Walk the Line (University of Texas Press; 2017), The Drummer: 100 Years of Rhythmic Power and Invention, and more]. I was an editor (Guitar World, MTV.com etc.) and I've covered a variety of subjects (travel, gear, food, tech, health, style, music, film, pop culture etc.) for print and online publications including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Time Out and Salon.com. I also write celebrity bios and other work for hire.
I've been everywhere, man. Australia is my favorite destination (that's me on the Larapinta Trail), with Thailand and Hawaii tied for second. I have a treasure trove of photographs from my travels and I've published numerous articles (and some of my photos) from the road.
As a magazine writer and radio talk show host, I've interviewed more than a thousand actors, directors, authors, musicians, comedians, and other folks you've seen on stage or screen, from Quentin Tarantino to Ben Kingsley to Slash to Merle Haggard to that Field of Dreams guy who is also in a band.
I've been deejaying since my teens and I've been on air in New York and nationally for a long time. I love and collect all kinds of music and do periodic deejay gigs, like Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center. I also play guitar and bass and have been in a lot of bands, including The Damn Lovelys. Currently I sing with four supremely talented dudes; together we're called Miss Lucy & Walker Blue.
I'm a recovering food writer, but it's still my beat. I interview chefs, mixologists, cheesemakers, bakers, master coffee roasters, pit masters, wine masters, cicerones and fine food makers of all sorts. Getting to eat and drink with them has been the best education (though making guacamole with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, above, was fun too). I've been delighted to be asked to judge food competitions, most recently the Specialty Food Association's SOFI Awards. I'm also working on a radio series known as the Hungry Highway project.