Live Review

The Maestro Of Movies - John Williams Live At The Hollywood Bowl

John Williams on September 2, 2018

John Williams Conducts Star Wars

Composer and Conductor John Williams celebrated 40 years of making movie music with the L.A. Philharmonic this Labor Day Weekend with a three night stand at The Hollywood Bowl. Hollywood is the birthplace of film, and movie fans loved every moment. Williams had Steven Spielberg there to help him celebrate, and their unparalleled film collaborations made for an evening of oohs and ahhs as we looked back on their iconic film moments with their scores played live by the wonderful L.A. Philharmonic.

Live Review

John Hiatt & the Goners Bring "Slow Turning" Anniversary Tour to a Close

John Hiatt and The Goners: Sonny Landreth on September 1, 2018

John Hiatt & the Goners perform final night of "Slow Turning" 30th Anniversary tour at Paantages Theater in Minneapolis.

It's been a privilege to watch the arc of John Hiatt's career. I say arc because I first saw Hiatt in concert in 1979 — by then he had three albums out, so it was by no means the beginning of his career.  At the time New Wave was in and he had just released Slug Line to critics' acclaim and the buzz was Hiatt could be the American Elvis Costello. 

Interview

Interview: Singer/songwriter Amy Henderson

Virginia-based singer/songwriter Amy Henderson has just released an emotionally powerful album of confessional alternative folk, May. In this conversation, she discusses how her artistry has developed.

Q: What songs on your album are most personal to you and why?

A: Gosh, they all are very personal. They are really like a diary of the last 10 years to me. Each has its own story and were written at really specific points in my life. Each one is like a musical tattoo.

Q: In terms of musical style, how would you categorize yourself?

Interview

Interview: Canadian rockers The Johnny McCuaig Band

Blasting from Canada, the Johnny McCuaig Band is powerhouse rock & roll band that delivers a substantial sonic wallop. The group's leader McCuaig reveals their origins in this interview.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

Justin Townes Earle Shines at Historic Ryman Auditorium

Justin Townes Earle on August 19, 2018

Justin Townes Earle on Stage at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

You could have heard a pin drop most of the night at the Mother Church of Country Music as Justin Townes Earle turned in a mesmerizing, enrapturing performance. I've seen Justin enough in concert now — most recently at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo in May, last time at the Ryman in November 2014 — that, while I still marvel at it, I no longer spend the entire night mystified by his percussive Mance Lipscomb-influenced, heavily mic'd guitar. Instead I spent most of this night wrapped up in his glorious singing, better with each passing year.

Live Review

Hell Is Naked With Mean Mary James

Mean Mary on August 25, 2018

I’ve just watched footage of Mean Mary James as a six-year-old singing “Long Tall Texan” live on the  Country Boy Eddie TV Show back in '86. Wide-brimmed hat, guitar larger than her torso, a drawl and a charm and a stage presence buoyed by a fascinating mix of innocence, appeal, and innate ageless ability. A six-year-old who’s been doing this for 20 years. Experience older than her voice.

Live Review

The 25th XPoNential Music Festival

Mutiple Artists on July 27, 2018

Margo Price @ XPoNential Music Festival

XPoNential Music Festival

Wiggens Park

Camden, NJ

7/27-29/2018

 

This was a benchmark year for the music festival presented by Philly radio station WXPN. This was number 25. It was definitely a cause for celebration.

Due to scheduling obligations I wasn’t able to cover the entire festival as I usually do.

Interview

Composer/pianist Alberto L. Ferro discusses classical and improvisational roots

Alberto L. Ferro is a composer/pianist whose latest album, The Deep End of Sound, crosses the boundaries between classical and jazz while having an improvisational bent.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

Rodrigo Y Gabriela Live At The Hollywood Bowl!

Rodrigo y Gabriela on August 18, 2018

It was another perfectly balmy and wonderful night at the Hollywood Bowl, and this one was even more special because I was seeing the marvelous Rodrigo y Gabriela for the first time live. And WOW. I'm a fan for life.

 

Interview

Interview: Kris Scott of Collegiate Shag Brass Band

Collegiate Shag Brass Band may have the instruments of a typical New Orleans collective, but their boldly energetic and eclectic sound leaps across genre boundaries. Based in Missouri, they wear their quirkiness like a badge of honor. They just released their exhilarating second album, MFUNK, and their sousaphone player/manager Kris Scott explained how they all blended together.

Q: What styles of music had the greatest impact on you creatively?

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