Professor Barry Chernoff: Chair of Environmental Studies, Director of College of the Environment, freshwater fish expert, virtuosic guitarist, righteous dude. Is there anything else to say? Not really, no. Professor Chernoff plays guitar in the prestigious Mattabesset String Collective, so featuring him in this storied column seems like a no-brainer. Here’s what the esteemed environmentalist is listening to these days:


Amy Speace, “Something More Than Rain” and “Better”

Anne McCue, “As The Crow Flies

Gillian Welch, “Tennessee” and “Scarlet Town

Dave Alvin, “Harlan County Line” and “Johnny Ace is Dead

Tara Nevins, “Wood and Stone

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, “C’est l’heure pour changer”

Los Enanitos Verdes, “Tequila

Billy Bragg, “NPWA

Alejandro Escovedo, “Castanets

Ruth Brown, “Good Day for the Blues

Shriekback, “Fish Below the Ice” and “Malaria

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