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10/31/2008 (updated 10/31/2008)

Nancy Covey Once Again Organizes Talent For McCabe's
as Guitar Shop Turns 50

October 30, 2008
Michael Aushenker, Staff Writer

McCabe's Guitar Shop turns 50 this year, and Covey, who booked the venerable Santa Monica vender's back-room concerts from 1974 to 1984, had brought live acts to the intimate music haven across three decades.

Covey, a Palisadian, also helped organize a royal fete for the half-century-old store at UCLA's Royce Hall. No less than Covey's husband, Richard Thompson, Pretenders singer Chrissy Hynde, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Peter Case, David Lindley, Jennifer Warnes and others who started there or played McCabe’s early in their careers paid homage to the legendary little music shop that could at the October 2 concert.

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See photos from the event here and here.

Nancy Covey:

"It was a wonderful, magical night. The two photographers are Sherry Barnett and Roman Cho. Sherry's photos are on her MySpace page and she would love to have feedback. Both photographers did excellent work though it was hard to catch the magic, I think they did. The best part of the whole night was that all the musicians watched each other from the side of the one wanted to leave. RT was in the "house band" plus did his own set. He played with 12 different people that night!!! Great stuff."