Another Stringed Instrument Virtuoso Performs

A night after hearing some banjo mastery, I had the privilege of seeing guitar master Leo Kottke perform at The Wilbur Theatre.

Leo Kottke (photo credit:  Brad Palm)

Leo Kottke (photo credit: Brad Palm)

I am fairly sure this was the first time I have seen Leo perform, and it was worth waiting for! Read the rest of this entry

Dueling Banjos, Bela and Abby Style

Béla Fleck is one of my favorite performers; I have seen him many times in a number of iterations, including a show with the Sparrow Quartet, Abigail Washburn‘s band which included Béla.

This show at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy was Béla and Abby and their banjos, and it was a stunner! (Sorry, photography was not allowed; I am seeing them again in a few days, so I will probably upload some photos from that show here.) Read the rest of this entry

David Olney Rocked The 5 Spot

One of Nashville’s great session musicians, Sergio Webb, told me I should see David Olney perform if I ever got the chance.  Not too long after that, I booked my trip to Nashville and was thrilled to see that David would be performing at The 5 Spot while I was there! Score!

David Olney

David Olney

David’s name was not familiar to me but I listened to some recordings, and knew that I would take Sergio’s advice and see this show. Read the rest of this entry

An Evening of Excellent Songwriting

Two young singer-songwriters, Sam Morrow and Emily Hackett, graced the stage at Alternate Root TV for an Extended Play Session last night.

Sam Morrow

Sam Morrow

Emily Hackett

Emily Hackett

Although they shared Emily’s band as well as the stage for one song, Sam and Emily performed separate sets and gave separate interviews.

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Outlaw Country Will Be In The House At Alternate Root TV

Just as I was jonesing for a fix of Nashville, Alternate Root TV announced that North of Nashville will be the guest artist at an Extended Play session on Friday, September 20th at 7 pm.

North of Nashville

North of Nashville

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Yee Haw, A Mountain Jamboree!

No, it’s not what you’re thinking! I was not in Deliverance country, being serenaded by dueling banjos… I was at a golf and ski residential resort in the Shenandoah mountains for their annual bluegrass show, the Mountain Jamboree.

Massanutten Resort's Mountain Jamboree

Massanutten Resort’s Mountain Jamboree

This is a small festival – three acts on the schedule – set at the base of the ski trails at the resort. What a glorious setting for live music!

Moon Over Massanutten

Moon Over Massanutten

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I Never Imagined I Would Spend an Afternoon in a Honky-Tonk and Love It!

Ten years ago, I would have told you I did not like country music. Two weeks ago, I voluntarily went to Robert’s Western World, the most authentic honky-tonk in Nashville, and had a terrific afternoon there!

Robert's Western World

Robert’s Western World

I was advised by a number of Nashvillians that Robert’s is the only honky-tonk that natives visit because it is the only one that still delivers authentic and traditional country music. Naturally, I headed straight for it when I was in The District.

A/K/A Honky Tonk Row

A/K/A Honky Tonk Row

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Yowza, What an Incredible Jazz Fusion Show!

It has been a long time (nearly 40 years) since I have seen the incomparable jazz drummer Billy Cobham perform his own music, so I was more than ready to enjoy his show at Regattabar last night. Not only did I enjoy the show, but I was in awe of the performances.

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham

Billy played with Ron Carter when I saw Ron’s show six months ago; as Billy stated, that was fun but this night would be most special for him because the band would be playing his (and his band members) music. Special indeed!

Billy's signature drum

Billy’s signature drum

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Triple-Header Singer-Songwriter Show

This summer, the Lowell Summer Music Series presented a few new types of shows for us. One of them, a slate of three singer-songwriters, was held on another glorious evening last month. Heather Maloney, Adam Ezra, and Ben Taylor were the musicians we saw.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Adam Ezra

Adam Ezra

The show consisted of 45 minute sets from Heather and Adam, and 75 minutes from Ben. Adam was first to the stage.

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Another Evening of Great Blues

When Regattabar announced a show by the legendary Coco Montoya, I knew I would finally be able to see him perform. I became aware of him about twenty years ago but for some unknown reason I never got myself to one of his shows.

Coco Montoya

Coco Montoya

What a great show it was – definitely worth waiting for! Read the rest of this entry

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