Los Angeles Times
“Seed: The Untold Story” on PBS:
With the world struggling to navigate a crisis on seemingly every front, dedicating another hour to learn of another isn’t an easy proposition. That said, when the issue involves our food supply and roughly 94% of seed supplies vanishing in the wake of genetically modified, corporate-owned varietals that are less resistant to disease, attention must be paid. “Seed” offers a grim look at a disaster in the making, but its lingering message remains hopeful in examining the characters dedicated to protecting our agricultural diversity and, to an extent, a 12,000-yearold legacy of civilization.
Ross Hammond’s “Follow Your Heart”:
A restless, road-tested artist who has spent more than 10 years of exploring and improvising with the likes of L.A. favorites Vinny Golia and Alex Cline, this Sacramentobased guitarist has dedicated his career to navigating various tributaries of jazz and unclassifiable music. For his latest recording, Hammond is backed by the reverberations of a more than 100-year-old church, taking the rich, ringing tones of six- and 12-string guitars through an improvised, intimate journey to where the acoustic Americana of John Fahey meets the spiritual. (Hammond performs at ETA in Highland Park at 9 p.m. Sunday.)