All posts by Amber Jennings

Anderson East at the Baltimore Soundstage

Anderson East
Baltimore Soundstage
October 20, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos

With Anderson East, the Muscle Shoals sound is alive and well.

Opening act, Savannah Conley started the evening with a country punk feel and a voice that rivals Mazzy Star, revving the crowd up and ready for a good time.

Anderson East strolled onto the stage and picked up his guitar, starting with the slow jam “King for a Day,”  a pleasant surprise. Continue reading Anderson East at the Baltimore Soundstage

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee returns to Southern California

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee
Huck Finn Jubilee
October 5-7, 2018
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Ontario, California
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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at the Koko Booth

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
September 28th 2018
Koko Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, North Carolina
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos

On the day of the Brett Kavanaugh ruling, Jason Isbell rolled into Cary, North Carolina with a very strong message “Just Vote.” At the registration booth a sign that read “Registration Day,” a play on The Drive-by Truckers’s song “Decoration Day”.

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2018 Floyd Fest

Floyd Fest
Jul 25 – Jul 29, 2018
Floyd, VA
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

The 18th version of Floyd Fest was held at their bucolic location on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. It’s hard to imagine a prettier place. The five-day festival holds around 15,000 fans and has developed a unique vibe. As with many festivals, the fans feel free to let themselves go and become one with their inner hippie more than they usually can during their “normal” life, but Floyd Fest brings out another level of fan. The festival isn’t very easy to get to (although the festival directors bend over backwards to try and accommodate). Most folks must park off-site, which is a lot several miles away, and then take busses fixed with trailers to get their gear in. Once on the festival grounds, there is a ready supply of volunteers driving golf carts waiting to help you get to your campsite of choice, but perfectly flat camping is a difficult find also. So why are so many folks dedicated to returning year after year? It’s the amazing vibe of true hard-core music fans, gathering to share their love of music and each other and this very beautiful place. Continue reading 2018 Floyd Fest

Wheels of Soul Tour rolls into Mississippi

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Wheels of Soul Tour
Southaven, Mississippi
July 25, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

There’s a certain art to putting a multi-band tour together. You need to put a diverse group of artists on the bill, but there has to be a certain cohesion. The Tedeschi Trucks Band succeeded in a major way with the 2018 edition of their Wheels of Soul tour.

They had the young gunslinger with Marcus King.

They had the gritty, grimy, road-worn (in a positive way) Drive-By Truckers.

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The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke at the Filmore

The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke
The Filmore – Silver Springs, Maryland
Photographer/Writer: Brandon Amos

With the release of the new album just 2 weeks away, “The Magpie Salute” took the stage with the presence of a band ready to raise the spirits of the blues men before them. Rich Robinson and Marc Ford are seamless in their volleys back and forth. Vocalist John Hogg’s voice is powerful and comforting at the same time. The set was heavy with new songs. A high point was the rendition of Blind Faiths, “Had to Cry”. Continue reading The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke at the Filmore

Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey and Mofro, Texas Gentlemen at the Pavilion

Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey and Mofro, Texas Gentlemen
The Pavilion
Charlottesville, VA
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

At the end of the beautiful outdoor walking mall in Charlottesville Virginia, sits the Sprint Pavillion, a venue that routinely plays host to national touring bands. On a typically beautiful Virginia night, warm and humid, three well musically-linked bands rolled in and made for a very memorable evening.

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