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January 24, 2020 - Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally.... »»»
January 10, 2020 - Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all.... »»»
January 7, 2020 - Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group,... »»»
December 30, 2019 - Deer Tick would never be accused of being a smooth, well-oiled musical machine. Far from it. In years past, Deer Tick seemed to embody the wild, rough side of music both on and off stage.... »»»
December 29, 2019 - The Suitcase Junket best describes the accouterments onstage with which Matt Lorenz (he is The Suitcase Junket) stages his concert. Remove the "et" from Junket, and you have a better idea of... »»»
December 15, 2019 - To say that this Crooked Still gig was a rare sighting would be a vast understatement. Aside from a lone gig at FreshGrass in 2017, the six shows by the quintet were its first in eight years.... »»»
December 12, 2019 - Randy Houser took a left turn when he released "Magnolia" back in January. The Mississippi native went a bit on the bluesy side, seemingly very much at peace with staying away from a more... »»»
November 24, 2019 - Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the... »»»
November 22, 2019 - Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler,... »»»
November 19, 2019 - Going seven years without a release will do wonders of the negative type to your audience. Chris Knight finally put out new music - "Almost Daylight" - last month and is back out on the road.... »»»