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Concert Reviews


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explore the country music scene a decade ago.


August 24, 2015 - When Taylor Swift brought Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks on stage to sing "Goodbye Earl," it meant more than just another star guest, on an already celebrity-packed, five-night attendance... »»»
August 16, 2015 - Halfway through his show, veteran Nashville heartland rocker Will Hoge took aim at a Music City songwriter, who he claimed he liked. Even though, as Hoge pointed out, the writer tended to go negative... »»»
August 16, 2015 - Mandolin Orange presents a simple picture: two members, sharing fiddle, mandolin and guitar and two powerful voices. As Mandolin Orange, Emily Franz and Andrew Marlin command the room.... »»»
August 13, 2015 - With nothing new to push, Delta Spirit coined the show "Delta Spirit and Friends." While a few friends, including Jessica Lea Mayfield, did, in fact, help out, Delta Spirit squarely stood on... »»»
August 9, 2015 - Kasey Chambers may have entitled her latest "Bittersweet," but you would never have known it based on the way she carried on throughout her latest foray onto these shores.... »»»
August 3, 2015 - Eleni Mandell doesn't hit you over the head - for the most part - with her songs. The LA-based singer/songwriter is on the low-key side when it comes to the music as well as her vocal delivery.... »»»
August 2, 2015 - Not all that long ago, contemporary country music concerts were evaluated on the amount (or lack thereof) of authentic country music elements in the performers' content. And make no mistake about it,... »»»
July 25, 2015 - Kenny Chesney smiled often during his performance at The Rose Bowl. This wasn't some showbiz smile, either - it was sincere. Chesney appeared to be truly happy to be there. On a hot night in July,... »»»
July 23, 2015 - Hayes Carll didn't even play his best-known song, "She Left Me For Jesus," during his 95 minutes on the small stage. And while chances are that some were internally clamoring for the... »»»
July 16, 2015 - Sam Bush has done a lot in his musical career and has nothing to prove. His place in newgrass and bluegrass history is secure. Even so, he plays with passion and an eye to what's ahead.... »»»