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September 20, 2016 - When Don Henley's name pops into music conversation, chances are that the Eagles immediately come to mind instead of his solo career. The Eagles have long been a mainstay from their Cali sound of... »»»
September 16, 2016 - The crowd screamed constantly for Garth Brooks on the first of three nights. This was not the Beatles at Hollywood Bowl. No, his was a 54-year-old man - one that admitted to using his acoustic guitar more... »»»
September 12, 2016 - When it comes to a Willie Nelson show, a few things are set in stone before the first notes are even sounded. First, the show is required to start with "Whiskey River." Normally, a supple,... »»»
September 10, 2016 - Dierks Bentley may have temporarily filled some in the audience at his Irvine tour stop with a false sense of traditionalist hope when he opened with the title track to his bluegrass album, "Up on... »»»
September 7, 2016 - The Lumineers encountered big problems early on. During only their second song, a reading of the first single, "Ophelia," from their new disc, "Cleopatra," lead singer Wesley... »»»
August 28, 2016 - Bill Kirchen/Austin de Lone concert Bill Kirchen sang and played "Hot Rod Lincoln" - this time right before intermission - as he always does. Only this performance, while paired with pianist... »»»
August 20, 2016 - Jason Aldean's tour, "Six String Circus," gets its name from his recent single, "Lights Come On." And titling his tour after a guitar - and more appropriately an electric guitar -... »»»
July 26, 2016 - It's usually a good time to catch a band right after they've released one of their better albums, and "Paging Mr. Proust" is one of The Jayhawks' best. Comprised of smart songs,... »»»
July 24, 2016 - Donald Trump was nowhere to be seen at the final day of the Newport Folk Festival, but that didn't mean he was ignored. Maybe it was the political roots of folk music. The Republican presidential... »»»
July 22, 2016 - With acts ranging from Ray LaMontagne to The Staves to Case/Lang/Veirs, the Newport Folk Festival ran the gamut from tried and true to not so well known to brand new (sort of) acts.... »»»