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Greensky Bluegrass & Billy Strings team up in Memphis

Greensky Bluegrass with Billy Strings
New Daisy Theatre
Memphis, Tennessee
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.

So, the good folk in the Bluff City were certainly ready to cut loose by the time Friday rolled around, stretching the Daisy at the seams. Continue reading Greensky Bluegrass & Billy Strings team up in Memphis

Jimmy Herring debuts Invisible Whip in Memphis

Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip
Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
July 19, 2017
Words/Images: Josh Mintz

It takes a special kind of musician to have an idea, make a plan, and execute. It takes someone even more unique to do it in their spare time.

That’s exactly what Jimmy Herring did with his latest project, The Invisible Whip, which debuted in Memphis on Wednesday, July 19 – he brainstormed, he planned, and man, did he execute. Continue reading Jimmy Herring debuts Invisible Whip in Memphis

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

John Butler Trio gets funky in Memphis

While the summer hasn’t been particularly hot (yet) in Memphis, things were scorching at Minglewood Hall on June 13 when the John Butler Trio made its first appearance in the Bluff City at an indoor venue.
JBT_Jmintz_MH2014_sm12Butler’s opening act, Falls, was a great way to start the evening. The folky duo from Australia were along the lines of the Civil Wars – Melinda Kirwin on vocals and Simon Rudston-Brown on vocals and guitar – and they had a string section backing them for good measure. It was a subdued way to get the evening started, and while their catalogue seemed to be lost on most in attendance, their cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” was well-received.

By the time the John Butler Trio took the stage, Minglewood was packed and ready to rock. Butler did a great job of giving the crowd exactly what they wanted. While the band is touring behind Flesh and Blood, they did a phenomenal job of building a setlist that featured new songs and older cuts that have held up over time.

“Revolution” and “Used to Get High” were great out of the gate, and then Butler followed them up with some great new songs like “Bullet Girl” and “Only One.”

JBT_Jmintz_MH2014_sm5When bassist Byron Luiters and drummer Grant Gerathy left the stage, everyone in the room knew “Ocean” was coming. Butler still plays it after all these years, and while it’s a setlist staple, it still never gets old.

After closing the set with a spirited “Zebra,” the band came back out for a great encore. Butler was in high spirits, probably because the crowd responded well to his set. He joked how he had played the entire set with his fly down, and that if the Memphis audience was really his friend, they’d have let him know. Frankly, though, the band had done such a great job of delivering quality music that he could have been naked on stage and no one would have noticed.

The encore was a solid as the set – it started with “Losing You,” followed by a blistering “Livin’ In The City,” and finally came to a close with a phenomenal “Funky Tonight.”

For a band that isn’t a regular in Memphis, the John Butler Trio certainly satiated their existing fans, and undoubtedly made some new ones along the way. It was a great set, and hopefully the next time through won’t be far behind.

Click the thumbnails to view the photos from the show – photos by Josh Mintz / photosbyjosh.com


John Butler Trio

Iron & Wine/All Dogs, 5/14/14

Iron & Wine with All Dogs
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, Tennessee

Iron & Wine came through Memphis in mid-May, and those in attendance were treated to a great show by an extremely chatty Sam Beam & company. The show featured nuggets from I&W’s entire catalogue, from new(er) tunes like “Resurrection Fern” and “Rabbit Run” to older stuff like “Woman King,” “Sunset Soon Forgotten,” and “Naked As We Came.”

Beam was especially jovial, bantering back and forth with the crowd over the course of the entire show.. At one point, when the band left and he stayed to play some solo tunes he even attempted to take requests, eventually giving up because the Memphis was “obviously a democratic town,” as everyone within earshot apparently shouted out different tunes.

All in all, it was a really strong show, and it provided a snapshot of Beam’s growth, from singer/songwriter to bandleader.

Click the thumbnails to view photos by Josh Mintz

All Dogs

Iron & Wine

Bluegrass + electronica = great show in Memphis

Wayword Sons with Vince Herman   "We're gonna get some bluegrass particles flyin' around here," said Vince Herman as he took the Newby's stage with the Wayword Sons in Memphis.

The Wayword Sons with Vince Herman/Particle
Memphis, Tennessee

words/photos by Josh Mintz 




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