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A Country Music Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Defibulators at Music Box Supper Club on July 2, 2015

The Independence Weekend began early as the Brooklyn based hipster country band The Defibulators started the fireworks party inside Music Box Supper Club Thursday evening.  Not only has this writer been trending toward the under-my-radar artists, but this group just happens to be the second...

Honky Tonk Heaven

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at High Noon Saloon on July 1, 2015

You can call Austin-based ass-kicker Dale Watson a lot of things. Lazy isn’t one of them. I saw his bus early yesterday morning on my way into work, parked in a rare open slot in downtown Madison. The Lone Stars had pulled in earlier that morning from a gig in La Crosse, WI. Watson's normally...

Impressive Show by Modern Vintage Songwriter KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley at Club Passim on June 21, 2015

Every once in a while, I go to a show with no expectation or preconceived notion about the artist — other than that I found the description interesting — and I am blown away. This was the case when KaiL Baxley (yes, that should be a capital L) came to Club Passim...

Sad Songs from Happy People

Mary Gauthier, Allison Moorer at City Winery - Nashville on June 28, 2015

Early into their Sunday night show at City Winery Nashville, Mary Gauthier said that they would play some happy songs, but that they did not have any. She added, “We’re happy people.” Allison Moorer stated simply that she writes songs to sort out how she feels. The paradoxical truth is that...

A Country Music Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Defibulators at Music Box Supper Club on July 2, 2015

Honky Tonk Heaven

Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at High Noon Saloon on July 1, 2015

Sad Songs from Happy People

Mary Gauthier, Allison Moorer at City Winery - Nashville on June 28, 2015

The Baseball Project Has the "Stuff"

The Baseball Project at City Winery - Nashville on June 27, 2015

The Sound of Smiling

The Weepies at City Winery - Nashville on June 18, 2015

The Outlaw Country Road Show

Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws at Music Box Supper Club on June 17, 2015

The Lonesome Trio Regaled Us with Story and Song

The Lonesome Trio at Club Passim on June 11, 2015

Samantha Fish Seizes Her Moment at the Birchmere

Samantha Fish at The Birchmere on June 2, 2015