It Was A Perfect Night At Boarding House Park
I am biased when it comes to The Lone Bellow; they were one of my two favorite sets at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival and my love for them has not diminished. Friday night’s show at the Lowell Summer Music Series was another superb performance by this Americana/indie folk band.
It was a hot and humid evening and that might have affected everyone’s energy level, but the band delivered their trademark energetic show and gained many new fans.
Julian Lage And His Guitar Never Cease To Amaze
My review of this show can be read on No Depression.
In Spite Of The Devil, Spuyten Duyvil Is Heavenly
For my review of this marvelous Spuyten Duyvil show at Club Passim, with Laney Jones and the Spirits opening, click here.
Incredible Roots Rock Blues Show By The Alvin Brothers
After seeing Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones perform at a festival last summer, I knew I had to see their headlining show at The Sinclair. Dave and Phil recently returned to performing and recording together; the joy they feel while sharing a stage is obvious and the audience could feel it too.
Last year, they released the Grammy-nominated Common Ground, a tribute to legendary bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, and performed many songs from that album. Read the rest of this entry
Folk The Cold Was a Winter Warmer!
What a great idea for what turned out to be a not-so-cold winter night – a three-act Americana show called ‘Folk the Cold’! The Sinclair was the proud host of this show with The Ballroom Thieves, Tall Heights and Darlingside.
The Ballroom Thieves were billed as the headliner, but each band seemed to perform similar length sets. It was a great, lengthy show.
Davina and The Vagabonds Delivered A Powerful Performance
I go to concerts to see bands with which I am unfamiliar and am almost always pleasantly surprised. Every once in a while, however, an unknown band completely blows my mind.
That was the case this week when The Extended Play Sessions presented Minneapolis-based Davina and The Vagabonds. Several days later, I am still shaking my head in amazement at the energy in the room that night.
Another Enchanting Evening With An American Songster
I have come to the realization that I am going to see Dom Flemons every chance I get! I saw him a couple of weeks ago at Club Passim, which was the second time I saw him in 2014.
Not only is he a terrific musician and ethnomusicologist, he’s a warm, personable man as well.
Wisewater Entertained and Enchanted
I expected the Wisewater show to be a good one at an Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV; one of the members, Forrest O’Connor, is the son of fiddler extraordinaire Mark O’Connor. This review will not focus on that, other than to say Forrest’s apple lands right under his father’s tree yet he is a completely different musician.
Wisewater bills itself as country pop; while that is accurate, I bristle at the term ‘pop’ so I won’t use it here. Read the rest of this entry
Stellar Three-Part Harmonies from Red Molly
Last week, I attended another wonderful taping of an Extended Play Session at Alternate Root TV. This night, Red Molly gave us an intimate look into their music and process.
I knew of Red Molly but had never heard them, and was excited to hear their brand of American roots music.
Show Number Four Announced by the Lowell Summer Music Series
Tonight brought another exciting announcement by the Lowell Summer Music Series.
Delta Rae, an Americana band based on North Carolina, will be performing at the series on Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m., at what may end up being the opening show of the 25th season.