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, 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.
I have been a fan of Warren Haynes for a number of years, since I first saw him with The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1990s. He is a terrific guitarist who plays a wide range of styles, from Southern rock to blues and now to Americana. The current tour entitled Ashes & Dust stopped at the Orpheum Theatre this week where he played to a smaller-than-he-deserved crowd.
I believe his versatility plays a huge role in his popularity; if one does not like one of Warren’s projects, one is sure to like another one. This tour might have the broadest appeal of his projects to date, with the possible exception of The Allman Brothers Band. I adored this show, and only wish it had started earlier in the evening!
He has been playing to ever-increasing audience sizes, so instead of seeing him at an intimate venue such as Johnny D’s where he played 18 months ago, I saw him at the Orpheum Theatre which is not huge but is not intimate either.
I thought I would start a weekly post listing concert announcements for the Boston area that I received during the previous week. Of course these are shows that I find interesting or artists I think you, my dear readers, might like. I do not intend the list to be comprehensive – for that, you should get yourself on the email list for Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and Bowery Boston, to name a few. Venues you like generally have email notifications as well. Read the rest of this entry