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Petunia Invokes Another Time

Petunia at The Dakota Tavern on April 15, 2015

“I’m fully buying into his thing,” I texted my friend while seeing Petunia at the Dakota Tavern on April 15. Truth is, I bought into him ages ago, but this was my first chance to see him live and it sealed the deal. Petunia seems to be visiting several different eras concurrently, but no matter...

Devin Cuddy Mixes Old and New

The Devin Cuddy Band at The Dakota Tavern on April 8, 2015

If you’re digging the emerging young roots players coming up in Toronto, then you’ve probably heard Devin Cuddy. Part of the Cameron House Records/Queen West scene that is experiencing a renaissance, Cuddy plays a lot around town with labelmates like Whitney Rose and Sam Cash. That last name might...

Steve Earle, Y'all

Steve Earle, Willie Nile at City Winery on April 7, 2015

Back in February, Steve Earle and Willie Nile had to cancel their City Winery show because of our awful New York winter weather.  It's April now, though still too cold for me, and the gentlemen reconvened with us for a warm, glad evening right after Easter. Willie Nile opened the show with...

Finding Peace of Mind

Liz Longley, Brian Wright at City Winery - Nashville on April 22, 2015

Great music sneaks up on you. So, when Nashville singer-songwriter Liz Longley took the stage at City Winery in Nashville and began to sing the hope-filled “Baby I’m Alive Again” unaccompanied and without introduction, there was a sense of the unexpected which heralded a crisp and smart set of...

Petunia Invokes Another Time

Petunia at The Dakota Tavern on April 15, 2015

Devin Cuddy Mixes Old and New

The Devin Cuddy Band at The Dakota Tavern on April 8, 2015

Steve Earle, Y'all

Steve Earle at City Winery on April 7, 2015

Finding Peace of Mind

Liz Longley at City Winery - Nashville on April 22, 2015

Shawn Colvin's Serenade

Shawn Colvin and Rachael Sage at The Birchmere on April 12, 2015

Vintage Sounds Delight Audience

Hot Club of Cowtown at Music Box Supper Club on April 16, 2015

Chuck Prophet: Mission Accomplished

Chuck Prophet at High Noon Saloon on April 15, 2015