The Wood Brothers at The Jefferson Theater
January 25, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek
The Wood Brothers opened up an extensive tour to support their upcoming album “One Drop Of Truth”, which will be released nationwide on February 2nd, at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville VA. The tour has them running pretty hard through April at this point, with dates already showing up in May and June. On this night the band was clearly ready to go back to work.
Greensky Bluegrass with Billy Strings
New Daisy Theatre
January 19, 2018
Memphis was hit with a snow storm (by Memphis standards) in the days leading up to the Greensky Bluegrass show at the New Daisy – schools were closed down for the entire week, and many businesses were working with skeleton crews.
David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel
Sandler Center for the Arts
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins
Dave Grisman can not be pigeon-holed; bluegrass, jazz, folk, composer, producer, session player, leader, the list is endless. Jerry Garcia nicknamed him “Dawg” and what he played was “Dawg Music”. Tommy Emmanuel was given is first guitar at age 4 and by 6 he was playing in the family band, The Emmanuel Quartet. He never learned to read or write music but Chet Atkins designated him a C.G.P. – Certified Guitar Player – one of only 5 musicians to receive that title from Atkins. At home with blues, jazz, folk, Spanish traditional, Emmanuel is at times a one man band playing melody, chords and bass all at once. So, when Grisman and Emmanuel appear together, as they did at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, they are a category 5 hurricane, F5 tornado, and a tropical cyclone let loose on the stage. Playing heavily but not exclusively from their album “Pickin” the pair performed a 2 hour high energy show that no one wanted to end. Continue reading David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel→
Charm City Bluegrass Festival, has released its lineup for the sixth annual version of the award winning festival (2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Event of the Year and 2015 Best Festival by Baltimore Magazine). Expanding to two days, the event will feature twenty-one bands spread across three stage. It will be headlined by The Travelin’ McCourys and the Devil Makes Three, and feature The Steeldrivers, Jeff Austin Band, Larry Keel Experience, Billy Strings, Caleb Stine, Trout Steak Revival and many others.
The family-friendly festivities will also include local food vendors, adult beverages provided by Union Craft Brewery and Jack’s Hard Cider, artists, kid’s games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions, and more.
Tickets are available now and include a VIP option. They can be purchased here.
The nearly sold out crowd at Washington D.C.’s The Hamilton Live was treated to the kind of night that made you wish you were in a band, could share such a focused vision, and enjoy the people you worked with as much as the two bands seen on this night. The crowd was loaded for the headliner, The Dustbowl Revival, an 8 piece-touring powerhouse from Los Angeles, California, and they got everything Dustbowl famously delivers and much more.
For starters, the opening act, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, put on a clinic in winning over a crowd that was for the most part, unfamiliar with them. Drummer and bandleader Sammy Miller has created an ambitious project that succeeds by virtue of his band mates buying in all the way. It is part early swing band and part comic production. They are comprised of piano, upright bass, drums, sax, trumpet and trombone, and they have vocals good enough that the band sometimes goes a cappella. Continue reading Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation→