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June 10, 2024 - Kathy Mattea laid it out there before she even played a note. She may have had very tough competition tonight – the hometown Celtics were playing the second game of the NBA finals - but she was not worried. "Basketball, shamsketball," she joked. And with that, the country music veteran ...
June 2, 2024 - Jo Dee Messina showed you can go home yet again. Messina was back in Massachusetts where she got her start with a set looking back. Messina has not released an album in 10 years, nor made the singles chart since 2008. Fortunately, she has enough of a catalogue with at least some sense of looking ahead ...
May 30, 2024 - If there was ever any doubt about Cole Swindell's bona fides as a songwriter and performer, check out two songs he played before a packed house – "Forever To Me" and "You Should Be Here." Both are part of lifecycle events, and if you weren't left with a lump in your ...
May 24, 2024 - Della Mae had not played the historic Club Passim (until doing two shows the previous night) for a good decade. At some level, it felt like Della Mae has been lying low despite occasional releases. But now, they seem be ramping it up after self-releasing singles over the past year and doing very short concert runs. ...
May 22, 2024 - The BoDeans – the pride of Waukesha, Wisc. – may be a good four decades old and may not have had even charted on the singles chart for close to 30 years, but their persevere as a roots rock/rock/sometimes pop band with touches of reggae in the mix. The BoDeans still release new music ...
May 21, 2024 - In this day and age when so many concerts seem to be just so from backing films to lighting to the set list being cast in concrete, Amos Lee was a big breath of fresh air. This was one organic show demonstrating that the Philadelphia singer/songwriter wasn't all about the hits (he's had some ...
May 7, 2024 - At first glance (and maybe even subsequent ones), the pairing of Lyle Lovett and Lisa Loeb seemed like a strange one. Lovett, a Texas native, is a bit of an idiosyncratic personality playing Americana, country and jazzy songs. Seemingly far more conventional, Loeb is a West Coast pop singer with ...
May 2, 2024 - For The Decemberists, this was only the second night of A Peaceable Kingdom Tour. That meant lots of changes in the set list from opening night on Tuesday in Kingston, N.Y. in their first heavy duty touring since 2018! If this is what the veteran northwest band sounds like this early in the tour, ...
April 28, 2024 - Sunday at MerleFest is a long coda to the four-day festival, with gospel sets peppered throughout the morning schedule and a limited afternoon slate of artists that's done by dinnertime. Even with the more laid back, abbreviated day, there were definite highlights. The trend of new acts making ...
April 27, 2024 - On a jam-packed Saturday schedule at MerleFest, many of the best moments continued to be found at the small stages and lesser known acts, showing the festival's potential for audiences to discover great new artists alongside the marquee names. There were plenty of the latter as well, from the ...
April 26, 2024 - One of the best parts of a multi-day festival such as MerleFest is the opportunity to discover new-to-you acts, some of whom wind up providing favorite moments of the weekend. Friday's MerleFest lineup offered up a lot of that among the more predictable, well known headliners on the first full day ...
April 25, 2024 - MerleFest 2024 Opens With Strong Thursday Night Lineup The 36th annual edition of MerleFest, the North Carolina roots music festival that describes itself as "Traditional Plus," lived up to that billing when it kicked off Thursday night. The lineup included several of the most popular ...
April 25, 2024 - Under the white neon sign that announced the name of the band, "The 502s," was a faux wooden sign that said "World's happiest band." The 502s lived up to the name in spades. That was apparent from their sartorial splendor as it were, their stage antics and their musical vibe. ...
April 18, 2024 - Considering that it was the day after Tax Day in Massachusetts, add a great show by Brothers Osborne to taxes and death to life's certainties. Both TJ and John Osborne indicated during the 90-minute show before about 4,000 fans that they loved Boston (TJ was glad to catch a Red Sox matinee game ...
April 7, 2024 - Darrell Scott and Robbie Fulks both are fully capable of headlining shows by their lonesome, but they fulfilled the Saturday night role of music by joining forces in the unusual setting of a church on a Sunday night. Label it double the fun. Fulks opened with a solo acoustic set. ...
April 6, 2024 - The Next Waltz, the brainchild of Texas country music veteran Bruce Robison, is not your typical concert. Like its reference point – The Last Waltz – the artists on the bill came and went and came again. On this night, Robison was joined by the most excellent Oklahoma performer John ...


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