Ryan Adams & the Cardinals blew the doors off the War Memorial last night. I had never seen a show there (although I did walk across the stage there at my high school graduation), and didn’t know about the acoustics…no worries on that count. That lovely wood floor made for a nice live room with lots of bounce, and Mr. Adams and band were in fine form. I had balcony seats, but at the last minute my partner-in-crime decided that he was feeling a mite too under the weather to venture out on a wet Tuesday night. I headed on out, and was able to sell my two balcony seats for a general admission, and enough cash for a t-shirt and limited edition print. Sweet!! But I digress, when Ryan took the stage, the whole house fell under his spell. Althought there was an underlying current of muted tension as the we all wondered what kind of humor he was in, and would some jackass shout out “Play Cuts Like A Knife” and prompt him to walk offstage, I am happy to report he was in a fine mood, and the two sets were chock full of classics, beautiful harmonies, some of the best steel guitar I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear, and a funny mock meltdown.
Oh be still, my beating heart–the great Shelby Lynne is coming to the Belcourt, and my sweet man has already gotten tickets for us!! My understanding is that Shelby will be doing Dusty Springfield covers, which suits me just fine. I’d listen to that girl sing the words off a cereal box. Also, word is that she will have a new album out in early 2008. I’ve been lucky enough to see her at the Ryman a couple of times, and she just absolutely blows me away. I cannot for the life of me understand …read more
Congratulations to last night’s ASCAP awards winners! John Rich won his 3rd consecutive Songwriter/Artist of the Year award, some of his big hits for this past year included “8th of November”, “Amarillo Sky”, Sunshine and Summertime”, and “Why”. Craig Wiseman (gotta love those Hitmen of Music Row!!!) won his 3rd Songwriter of the Year awards, having co-written the hits “Hillbilly Deluxe” (which I personally loved), “Something’s Gotta Give”, and “Summertime”. Mr. Wiseman was sparkly in a Manual-designed vest adorned with blue rhinestones–what else are you gonna wear in Nashvegas?!
Song of the Year honors were shared between …read more
Last night’s John Hiatt/Peter Frampton double bill at the Ryman, benefitting Cumberland Heights, was a stellar show! Hiatt played by himself with an acoustic guitar, covering favorites like “Feels Like Rain” (covered by Buddy Guy, don’cha know), “Drive South”, “Tennessee Plates”, the always beautiful “Have a Little Faith”–which he did on piano, and others. He also played a couple of cuts of the upcoming album, and both were classic Hiatt. I especially liked the “How ’bout Them Dogs” (I’m not sure if this is the working title, but it’s the lead line in the chorus), it made me smile from …read more
The annual benefit concert for Cumberland Heights is Saturday, October 13th at the Ryman, and this year’s show features hometown legend John Hiatt and superstar guitar hero Peter Frampton. This is to benefit a wonderful cause, and the evening promises to be one to remember. Hiatt will be playing solo with an acoustic guitar, and Frampton will be backed by his incredible band. You can pick up tickets through Ticketmaster, or the Ryman. Mr. Hiatt had been working on a new, anxiously awaited new album, and I hope to hear some new songs from that upcoming …read more
Feist will be breezing into town to play the Ryman on Wednesday, November 21st. The show starts at 7:30, and tickets are $32 and $25, and available through www.ryman.com as well as www.ticketmaster.com. Should be a good show, and I expect it will sell out, but if I see the iTunes commercial one more time–I think I’ll scream!!
The second annual Mucklewain festival will be taking place in Pinewood, Tennessee Friday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th, with an incredible lineup! Organizer Joie Todd Kerns has moved this year’s big doings a lot closer to Nashville (about 45 minutes away) as opposed to last year’s gig in East Tennessee, and it’s two days of music, art, and Southern culture instead on one. The lineup includes Todd Snider, Lucero, the reunited Drivin’n’Cryin’ (love love love them..”I’m goin’ straight to hell”), Will Hoge, Bobby Bare, Jr., Old Union, Jason Isbell (formerly of the Drive By Truckers), Those Darlins’, Dixie Dirt, …read more
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