Live Review

I'm With Her Soar at Bush Hall, London

I'm With Her on January 30, 2018

Q: When does 1+1+1 = more than 3? A: When it’s I’m With Her. This is the collaboration between three exceptionally talented artists in their own right — Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, who together create a captivatingly unique fusion of song and music. Their first full-length album, See You Around is due for release on Feb. 16, in advance of which they came over to the UK for a few shows.

Artist I'm With Her

Live Review

Concerning The Spiritual in The Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi-Trucks Band on January 27, 2018

Photo: Brad Carpenter

Wassily Kandinsky, the great abstract painter, offered music as “the best teacher” for aspiring artists in his own book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art. “With few exceptions,” he wrote, “music has been for some centuries the art which has devoted itself not to the reproduction of natural phenomena, but rather to the expression of the artist’s soul, in musical sound.” “Soul” is a term loaded with musical meaning.


Lankum: "We come from a point that seeks to stand up for the downtrodden."

Lankum, photo by Aidan Kelly Murphy, ©2016.

Lankum, the Dublin, Ireland four-member band, who in years past went under the name "Lynched", have released their second album, "Between the Earth and Sky", to wide acclaim both in Ireland and internationally. Their music crosses lines of origin and merges "traditional music" with contemporary sensibilities while bringing a hypnotic, sometimes-droning effect into the mix. The Guardian described the album as "brilliant, raw, detonating".   Lankum is Cormac Mac Diarmada, Radie Peat, Ian Lynch and Darragh Lynch. Their songwriting is often augmented by Cian Lawless.


Robert Cook Sier: From Classical to Electronica

Robert Cook Sier is a gifted, visionary mult-instrumentalist and composer from Australia whose music stretches through various styles, from chamber pop to New Age to jazz and electronica. His cinematic latest single, "Keep Walking," is stunningly beautiful, like the soundtrack of an autumn rainfall.

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

Live Review

John Hiatt & The Goners with Sonny Landreth in Santa Clarita 01/28/18

John Hiatt on January 28, 2018

John Hiatt performing at the Canyon Club in Santa Clarita, California

When I travel to visit my family in Southern California, I always look to see who might be playing near by and catch a show. On this trip I found that the brand new Canyon Club opened their newest location in Santa Clarita, in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles.


An Interview With Chris Wood: Searching For Truth

interview by Ken Templeton / Photo credit: Alysse Gafkjen

Years ago, a dear friend tipped me off to a band by saying, “I would buy a plane ticket to see them live.” I’ve now seen the Wood Brothers half a dozen times and while I’ve never had to go to that extreme, it would be worth it. They are back with a new album, One Drop of Truth, out on Friday. The album contains many songs that are destined to become the ones that you’ll hope to hear live–both in the band’s hushed moments around one microphone and when they let loose and get the whole room jumping.

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Troubadour Songwriter Opens his Well-Traveled Bag of Hits

Tom Kimmel on January 13, 2018

Tom Kimmel with the author Ron Wray after Tom's Norfolk performance.

Tom Kimmel is one of a kind among many. There are quite a few singer songwriters, and Tom has being doing it for a long time.  But, he’s one of the best, with a quality that shines through. So, it’s been a long run for Tom, with a high water mark indicating output, not only his own recordings but for a plateful of singers the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Linda Ronstadt, The Spinners, and Levon Helm. He’s one we might miss here in Hampton Roads, Virginia, except for the singular efforts of Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music, nearing their 50th anniversary.


An Interview With Mark Erelli: Something I Love

written by Ken Templeton

Mark Erelli just gets better and better. His last album, For A Song, demonstrated incredible craftsmanship and lyrical quality. He’s back with Mixtape, which will be released on January 26. His release show at City Winery is already sold out. Mixtape is a covers album that grew out of the longstanding “Under the Covers” show at Club Passim.

Live Review

Kris Kristofferson at the Belly Up (Solana Beach, CA - Jan. 15, 2018)

Kris Kristofferson on January 15, 2018

Kris Kristofferson takes a final pull from a bottle of beer and tosses it at the trash. It misses. The glass bottle hits the concrete floor with an echo loud enough to turn heads, but it doesn’t break.

He shrugs, “It was empty,” he says.