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Americana Music Association℠ Announces 2017 Honorees

The Americana Music Association announced today that Robert Cray, Iris DeMent, Hi Rhythm, Graham Nash, HighTone Founders Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg and previously announced Van Morrison will be honored during the Americana Music Association’s℠ 16th Annual Honors & Awards on Wednesday, September 13th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville!

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BJ Barham Performs In Boston Next Week

I never saw American Aquarium, the band in which frontman BJ Barham made his mark in the Americana genre, so I will not miss the opportunity to see him at the Middle East Upstairs on Monday, June 26th.

BJ Barham (Photo by Jillian Clark)

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Great Young Americana Artists Close The Second Season Of OnStage! At The Chevalier Theatre

I had the opportunity to cover a fabulous show recently at The Chevalier Theatre On Stage! Series at which the members of all three Americana bands are friends! I have seen each band perform a number of times, but this triple bill was a rare chance to see them in one show.

Damn Tall Buildings

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The Midnight Songster Strikes Gold

I was recently introduced to musician Jake LaBotz, whose new album, Sunnyside, was released on May 12; it was produced by Jimmy Sutton who also produces JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge.

Jake La Botz Sunnyside album cover

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Fabulous Evening Of Americana Music Coming To The Chevalier Theatre

The On Stage! concert series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, MA is pleased to welcome a triple-bill of the Boston-area’s finest Americana performers: Honeysuckle, Aurora Birch and Damn Tall Buildings on Saturday, May 13th at 8:00 pm.

This is a wonderful intimate experience and will be a great way to celebrate spring! I know all three bands quite well and am excited to see them all in one show. Everyone needs to come to this show!

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Americana/Roots Rocker You Want To Know

I was lucky enough to see The Texas Gentlemen and Friends at Newport Folk Festival this year; they delivered one of my favorite sets of the Festival. The Gentlemen are a collaborative of Texas musicians, one of whom is guitarist Kirby Brown.

Kirby Brown (photo by Alex Justice)

Kirby Brown (photo by Alex Justice)

I spoke with Kirby later that day and then ran into him and several other Gentlemen at the Americana Music Association Festival and Conference a couple of months later. I am now the lucky recipient of his new EP Out of Exile 1 and I love it!

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An Evening of Guitar Magic

While I have seen Jason Isbell perform a number of times over the past four years, I had not seen him with the 400 Unit since the band swept the 2014 Americana Music Association top awards with the album Southeastern nor since they won the best album and song awards at this year’s AMA.

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

I love the latest album, Something More Than Free, so I knew I was in for a treat at his recent show at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

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The Mavericks Never Bring Me Down!

Despite the title of one of The Mavericks better-known songs (“All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down”), this band always delivers a fantastic show that keeps me smiling for days after the show!

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

This show at the South Shore Music Circus was no different, with one caveat which I mention at the end of this review.

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Come To A Fabulous Doubleheader To Kick Off Your Holiday Weekend!

The Fallout Shelter at  The Extended Play Sessions is thrilled to host a fantastic doubleheader with Susan Cattaneo and Liz Frame and the Kickers on Friday, July 1st.

Susan Cattaneo

Susan Cattaneo

Liz Frame and the Kickers

Liz Frame and the Kickers

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Hitch A Ride on Lula Wiles’ Rising Star!

Click here to read my review of this show on No Depression.

Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles

Ellie Buckland

Ellie Buckland

Isa Burke

Isa Burke

Mali Obamsawin

Mali Obomsawin

Lula Wiles with Adam Iredale-Gray

Lula Wiles with Adam Iredale-Gray

Mali Obamsawin, Ellie Buckland

Mali Obomsawin, Ellie Buckland

Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland

Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland

Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles

Ellie Buckland

Ellie Buckland

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Isa Burke

Isa Burke

Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles with Adam Iredale-Gray and Taylor Ashton

Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles with Adam Iredale-Gray

Mali Obamsawin, Ellie Buckland

Mali Obomsawin, Ellie Buckland

Isa Burke

Isa Burke

Lula Wiles

Lula Wiles

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