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Old Crow Medicine Show Does Dylan Better Than Dylan

Is that a sacrilegious statement? Possibly, but even the most ardent fans of Bob Dylan (and specifically of his seminal album Blonde on Blonde) have to admit that Dylan’s vocals have never been what drew his fans to him.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show, a band that reveres Dylan, is currently touring to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of Blonde on Blonde. They may be putting their bluegrass/Americana spin on the songs, but there is no doubt they are paying homage to one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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Go See Front Country!

I have seen Front Country only once, but that was enough to make me a fan. They have a unique take on bluegrass that, which traditional, is progressive and all their own. I am seeing them this weekend and you should see them at a show near you.

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Intimate Interview and Performance with Dwight Yoakam at AmericanaFest

I first saw Dwight Yoakam perform last year and loved him much more than I expected. When he was added to the Americana Music Association Festival & Conference lineup, I was thrilled! And when I got the email announcing an interview and live performance by him in an intimate theatre, I knew I had to attend.

Dwight Yoakam (photo by Emily Joyce)

Dwight Yoakam (photo by Emily Joyce)

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Bluegrass Meets Heavy Metal – What A Concept!

My review on No Depression of the show represented by these photos can be read by clicking here.

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan Winkel

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan Winkel

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Noam Weisenberg

Noam Weisenberg

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch and band

Stash Wyslouch and band

More cowbell, Stash!

More cowbell, Stash!

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Duncan Winkel

Duncan Winkel

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

'I Saw the Light' Lyrics Board

‘I Saw the Light’ Lyrics Board

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch and Isa Burke

Stash Wyslouch and Isa Burke

Greg Liszt

Greg Liszt

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch

Sean Trischka

Sean Trischka

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Stash Wyslouch and Duncan WInkel

Duncan Winkel and Stash Wyslouch

Duncan Winkel and Stash Wyslouch

The Lonesome Trio Regaled Us With Story And Song

The Lonesome Trio

The Lonesome Trio

Ed Helms

Ed Helms

Jacob Tilove

Jacob Tilove

Ian Riggs

Ian Riggs

The Lonesome Trio

The Lonesome Trio

Ed Helms

Ed Helms

Jacob Tilove

Jacob Tilove

Ian Riggs and Ed Helms

Ian Riggs and Ed Helms

The Lonesome Trio

The Lonesome Trio

Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs

Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs

Ed Helms

Ed Helms

The Lonesome Trio

The Lonesome Trio

Ed Helms and Ian Riggs

Ed Helms and Ian Riggs

Ian Riggs and Ed Helms

Ian Riggs and Ed Helms

The Lonesome Trio (wishing No Depression a happy 20th birthday)

The Lonesome Trio (wishing No Depression a happy 20th birthday)

My review of this terrific show by The Lonesome Trio at Club Passim appears on No Depression.

Hitch Your Ride To These Rising Stars

If you have been reading this website for a while, you might recall that a year ago I fell in love with the hip-hop bluegrass group Gangstagrass. Our love affair continued over the weekend at Johnny D’s where they appeared in support of their latest release, American Music.

Gangstagrass

Gangstagrass

Nobody was more surprised than the band when the album debuted at #5 on the Billboard bluegrass chart! They deserve to be known for more than the theme song for the television show Justified, and maybe now they will be!

Rench

Rench

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It Was A Good Night for (Mostly) Traditional Bluegrass

Last summer, I enjoyed seeing The Gibson Brothers at the Freshgrass Festival (an amazing bluegrass festival, for those of you who are interested) so much that when their recent show at Johnny D’s was announced, I knew I had to see them again.

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers

It was a bonus to find Twisted Pine, winner of the Freshgrass best band contest, opening the show for the Gibsons.

Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine

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Irish Old-Timey Bluegrass? Who Knew?

I decided to attend this show by the Irish quartet We Banjo 3 at Johnny D’s (part of the World Music schedule) because the combination of Irish music and bluegrass sounded irresistible. My intuition turned out to be accurate – this was a fantastic show!

We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

I did not have a hard time imagining how Irish old-timey bluegrass music would sound, but I had no idea it would be as fabulous as is was! The band, at its first show ever in the Boston area, played to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd and stunned us with their talent and wit. I got the impression that they were surprised to have sold out the venue!

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Barnstar! Has Earned That Exclamation Point!

Barnstar! is one the most enjoyable acts to see live, and their recent CD release show at OBERON drove that point home to the sold-out audience.

Barnstar!

Barnstar!

Barnstar! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name) is a bluegrass band based in the Boston area. They do not tour often, but when they do it would behoove you to see them.

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Three Powerhouse Guitarists Amazed At The Narrows

I was a very lucky person to be able to see the first of the David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, and David Hidalgo shows which was held at The Narrows Center for the Arts recently.

David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, David Hidalgo (l to r)

David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, David Hidalgo (l to r)

I apologize that my photos are not as good as usual; there were a lot of mics on stage that proved tough to shoot around.

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