I first heard Cory Branan at an AmericanaFest event last September. I had no idea who he was at the time, but thoroughly enjoyed his all-too-brief set. His style is not easy to categorize; rock, punk, even alt-country are some that come to mind, but Cory is first and foremost a songwriter.
Luckily for me – and for you should you so choose – Cory is appearing at Thunder Road in Somerville on Thursday night (an early show so those of you who have tickets for other shows can do a double-header as I plan to do). Tickets are available here. This is a CD release show; officially the new album ADIOS releases the following day.
There is a Boston-based singer-songwriter named Ruby Rose Fox. Do not forget her name because she (along with her backing vocalists, the Gloria Steinems) will be a big star in the not-too-distant future.
Described as a vocal powerhouse of soul-driven edgy rock ‘n roll, Ruby stuns a crowd when the first notes pour from her mouth. The first time I saw her, without having heard any of her music, my jaw dropped and I was hooked.
It can be risky to see aging rock stars perform; they might be playing guitar with arthritic hands, or their voices (which naturally change as they age) cannot hit the notes they still try to hit. Neither could be further from the truth for Peter Frampton, who appeared at the Lowell Summer Music Series last weekend.
The man is ageless!
The Lowell Summer Music Series is an outdoor – weather permitting – venue, and local favorites Guster wanted this show to be outdoors. Their wish was granted due to wise weather-watching by the people who run the Series. What started off as a terrible afternoon ended up as a perfect evening under the stars.
This was my first time seeing Guster, despite the band’s numerous shows in the Boston area over the years they have been together.
How lucky was I to be able to attend a house concert presented by the fabulous songwriter Laurie Sargent! And to be able to walk to it!
I walked into the house and was immediately greeted by long-time friends and fans of Laurie, and thought that was a good sign.
The Americans will be our guests for The Extended Play Sessions on Sunday January 24th. We are privileged to have another evening of incredible music for The Extended Play Sessions!
The Americans (Official Poster)
It just keeps getting better!
I am not sure what I expected from this 35th anniversary plus one tour, but the show exceeded any expectations I may have had!