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Amy Helm Rocked Kai’s Music Garden!

Amy Helm is one of my very favorite musicians, so I was thrilled when she announced a show at Kai’s Music Garden which is only a half hour drive for me. I was probably the first person to buy a ticket!

Amy Helm

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We Were Taken To The River And Beyond

There is so much history in the Memphis music scene, and three of the elder statesmen of that scene headlined a stupendous show titled Take Me to the River at the Parker Playhouse over the past weekend.

These three gentlemen – William Bell, Bobby Rush, and Don Bryant – are 78, 84, and 75 years of age, respectively, but none of them show any signs of slowing. We were in the presence of music royalty and we knew it. And we appreciated it!

William Bell

Bobby Rush

Don Bryant

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Go See Girls Guns And Glory Now!

I was quite excited for the Girls Guns and Glory show at The Sinclair recently. Not only is this one of my favorite bands, but Julie Rhodes – another favorite – opened the show! How great is it to be able to see friends knock it out of the park at a wonderful venue with an alleviating audience that was large despite competing with a Patriots playoff game!

Girls Guns and Glory

Girls Guns and Glory

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

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Ruby Rose Fox Is A Must-See Up-and-Coming Artist

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.

Ruby Rose Fox

Ruby Rose Fox

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.

Ruby Rose Fox

Ruby Rose Fox

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Soulful Blues? Bluesy Soul?

The fabulous Canadian blues artist Matt Andersen made his way south of the border for a tour supporting his most recent release, Honest Man, and I was fortunate to be able to see not one but two of his shows! This Extended Play Sessions show was the second of those shows, and by now I knew his new album very well.

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

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Soulful Blues Master From North Of The Border

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

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Mike Farrington Jr.

Mike Farrington Jr.

Mike Farrington Jr., Matt Andersen

Mike Farrington Jr., Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Chris Kirby

Chris Kirby

Geoff Arsenault, Chris Kirby

Geoff Arsenault, Chris Kirby

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Mike Farrington Jr.

Mike Farrington Jr.

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

Tom Wilson, Thompson Wilson, Matt Andersen

Tom Wilson, Thompson Wilson, Matt Andersen

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

Thompson Wilson, Tom Wilson

What A Set Of Pipes!

I saw Shemekia Copeland about nine years ago, opening for the late great Koko Taylor, and have been waiting for the chance to see her again. My patience was rewarded with the perfect seat at a stellar show at Regattabar last month.

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

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A Mostly Acoustic Blues/Soul Great Appears At The Extended Play Sessions

The incomparable Matt Andersen is making a repeat appearance at The Fallout Shelter at  The Extended Play Sessions on Monday, March 21st. I saw Matt at a different venue recently (the second time I have seen him) and he is even more amazing than the first time I saw him. The audience at The Extended Play Sessions is in for a treat!

Matt Andersen (Official Poster)

Matt Andersen (Official Poster)

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See Julie Rhodes! Hear Her Powerful Voice!

I saw Julie Rhodes perform 2.1 times (the .1 comes from seeing her sing one song at a show with another band) prior to this CD release show at Thunder Road, a relatively new venue in the Boston area, and still I was unprepared for the powerful performance I witnessed this evening.

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

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Here Is A New Face On The Soul/Blues Scene

There is a new, powerful voice on the rise in both the Boston and national soul and blues scenes and her name is Julie Rhodes. I have been privileged to see her twice in the past month at Atwood’s Tavern, but she will not be playing tiny venues for much longer.

Julie Rhodes

Julie Rhodes

This review combines both shows, especially since the lighting (and thus the photos) was better the first time I saw Julie.

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