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Amy Speace Is That Kind of Artist

Amy Speace at Red Clay Music Foundry on March 27, 2015

In a recent New York Times article, Amy Speace writes, “I am a musician. I do not have a ‘day job.’ This is my day job. And I make a living at my art, which is a dream fulfilled. But many of us working-class musicians, painters, artists and writers live a precarious financial existence of our own...

Bluegrass on Fire in Midwest Region

Billy Strings & Don Julin at Music Box Supper Club on March 26, 2015

Thursday night when the spotlight was on Cleveland as those with busted brackets watched the Midwest Regional Tournament, a few of the ND Roots faithful spent a very enjoyable evening being entertained by Billy Strings & Don Julin across the Cuyahoga River at Music Box Supper Club. The lower...

Best Round Ever: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne

Tin Pan South at 3rd & Lindsley on March 24, 2015

In Nashville, there are great songwriters and big hitmakers. In the space where those two populations overlap, that's where you'll find Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. And what an absolute pleasure it was to spend a Tin Pan South evening with them at 3rd & Lindsley, a show that...

Junior Brown, Force of Nature, Storms the Freight

Junior Brown at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on March 24, 2015

One had the sense of seeing a living legend when Junior Brown brought his 'guit-steel' driven rockabilly, honky-tonking, surf-rock bonanza of a show to the Freight & Salvage stage on Tuesday. A consumate and one-of-kind entertainer, the multi-Grammy/Country Music/International Bluegrass-award...

Amy Speace Is That Kind of Artist

Amy Speace at Red Clay Music Foundry on March 27, 2015

Bluegrass on Fire in Midwest Region

Billy Strings & Don Julin at Music Box Supper Club on March 26, 2015

Tom Rush: Humor, History, and a Sacred Trust

Tom Rush at The Birchmere on March 21, 2015

Girls Play Pedal Steel Too

Big Tobacco and the Pickers at The Dakota Tavern on March 20, 2015

A Slice Of Singer-Songwriter Heaven

Mary Gauthier at Club Passim on March 22, 2015

An Extravaganza of Multi-Instrumentalists

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys at Club Passim on March 18, 2015

Two Stories for the Music City

Hugh Mitchell at 3rd & Lindsley on March 19, 2015