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Beale Street Music Festival announces 2017 lineup

This morning Memphis in May announced the line-up to the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival.

Held on the banks of the Mississippi River, headliners this year include a wide range of names, including Widespread Panic, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, Death Cab for Cutie, and MGMT. Continue reading Beale Street Music Festival announces 2017 lineup

At the Beach with the Avett Brothers

At The Beach – The Avett Brothers (and friends)
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
February 09-12, 2017
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

It was almost a cliche. Taking the stage on the very first night of their At The Beach festival in Mexico, the Avett Brothers kicked off their headlining set with “At The Beach.”

And, it was perfect. Continue reading At the Beach with the Avett Brothers

Avett Brothers at the Beach – Night Two

Night two is in the books for the Avett Brothers At the Beach, and what a night it was!

The Devil Makes Three opened the show and delivered an energetic set of mashed up throwback folk/bluegrass, and then gave way to the Avetts.

The headliners delivered a much more impassioned set than the night before. A full review will come post-fest, but highlights were a cover of “Mama Tried” and “Murder In the City” with Brandi Carlile sitting in.


Tedeschi Trucks Band, 4/2/15

To say Derek Trucks has come a long way is an understatement. For every child prodigy that has continued success in their field, there are dozens, maybe hundreds, that disappear from the public eye.

Well, Trucks made it.

That’s not news to anyone.

But, years removed from the Derek Trucks Band and months removed from the Allman Brothers’ final shows, the guitarist’s current outfit, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is his best “solo” act yet. The fully-formed Tedeschi Trucks Band is a powerful beast on all fronts, and provides a depth that Trucks never had with his self-named group. With two drummers the band has the percussive heft that the Allman Brothers had, but the horn section provides a different facet – a funk and soul dimension that propels the group to heights that weren’t really possible inside the Allman Brothers’ setting.

Simply put, this is one heavy group, and they proved it at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

Willie Watson opened the show, and set the table with his brand of bluegrass/folk. Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, delivered songs tinged with a wry wit and sense of humor that retrospectively provided a foil to the main act. Watson is a great story-teller, but unfortunately there’s only so much one man can do on stage on his own, and after several songs they all seemed to blend together. He shook things up by switching between banjo and guitar (with some harmonica thrown in), but it’s became hard (for this ignorant writer) to differentiate one tune from the other.

When the Tedeschi Trucks Band finally hit the stage, the room was pretty full. While not a sell-out, the crowd was rowdy and ready for anything. The band started off with “Made Up Mind,” the title track from their latest album, and never looked back.

ST_JMintz_1Watching Derek Trucks is simply a treat. There’s no flash or frills – just mind-blowing slide guitar and finger picking. Over the course of two hours, it was an absolute clinic on how to play guitar with ego set completely aside.

Vocalist Mike Mattison, who was lead for the Derek Trucks Band, took stage front for lead vocals on “Don’t Miss Me” and “Get What You Deserve,” tunes from the Derek Trucks Band days, and Susan’s vocals on the Derek & the Dominoes track “Keep On Growing” would have made Eric Clapton proud.

The band showed their versatility, toning it down a bit for “Shelter,” and paid homage to Bobby Bland with a take on his “I Pity the Fool.” The set-closing “Bound For Glory” was tremendous, and frankly Derek’s solo on the “The Storm” would have been worth the price of admission alone.

Derek and Susan have clear chemistry on stage, a good thing considering their husband-and-wife relationship. But, the bond is more than just familial – it’s musical, which is in its own right a powerful thing. It’s going to be really interesting to watch the band continue to evolve, because there are so many directions that Derek and Susan are capable of steering the ship.

Set: Made Up Mind, Do I Look Worried, The Sky Is Crying, Don’t Miss Me, Comin’ Home, Shelter, Keep on Growing, Get What You Deserve, I’ve Got a Feeling, Idle Wind, I Pity the Fool, Bound for Glory
Encore: The Storm

Railroad Earth, 3/13 & 3/14/15

Railroad Earth returned the San Francisco bay area In February for two shows; one at the small intimate Independent club in San Francisco and the other at the beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland.

Friday’s Indy show was sold out and warm,  but the hot, sweaty dancing crowd was highly receptive as  the band delivered a well balanced two set show full of fan favorites.

At the Fox the next night, a big time rock show was played. The evening saw lots of high energy playing as well as jazzy exploration by the New Jersey sextet. With temperatures soaring to record highs outside, inside the band played to new musical heights yet managed to make the expansive venue feel intimate.

March 13, 2015  |  The Independent  |  San Francisco, California

Set 1:  When the Sun Gets in Your Blood, Dance Around Molly > Dandelion Wine, Just So You Know, Long Walk Home, Said What You Mean, RV, Magic Foot > Luxury Liner, Everything Comes Together
Set 2:  The Hunting Song, Carrying Coal to Newcastle > River Intro Jam > Mighty River, The Jupiter and the 119 > Mission Man (A), The Good Life, Hangtown Ball, Face With a Hole > Spring-Heeled Jack
Encore:  New Lee Highway Blues > Fiddlee

(A) with Jeff Miller (New Monsoon) on electric guitar


March 14, 2015  |  Fox Theater  |  Oakland, California

Set 1:  Like a Buddha > Chasin’ a Rainbow, Been Down This Road, Brown County Breakdown, Crossing the Gap, Potter’s Field > Lone Croft Farewell, Grandfather Mountain
Set 2:  Bird in a House,  Drag Him Down, You Never Know (A), Elko (A), Butterfly and the Tree > Gold Rush > Warhead Boogie > The Forecast > Tuba Mirum, 12 Wolves > Butterfly and the Tree (B)
Encore:  Railroad Earth

(A) with Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters) on Dobro
(B) with Andy Falco (Infamous Stringdusters) on acoustic guitar