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Greatness Never Fades

Jonatha Brooke at City Winery - Nashville on August 30, 2015

Folk-pop maven Jonatha Brooke hasn't toured a whole lot in recent years and so was met with easy, eager applause from a roomful of Nashville fans last night at City Winery. Brooke has long been one of the most literate songwriters in the business, playing with words and imagery like few others,...

Gregg Allman Plays The Birchmere

Gregg Allman at The Birchmere on August 25, 2015

The Birchmere has a well-deserved reputation as a place that musicians love to play. There are a lot of reasons for that, but probably chief among them is the fact that the staff of the venue respects the music and the artists who make it. The emphasis, in this listening room, is on the listening...

A Road that Never Seems to End

American Aquarium at 3rd & Lindsley on August 23, 2015

American Aquarium have been called the hardest working band on the planet, and it is a designation they've earned well, in their ten years of relentless touring.  They rolled into Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley for a Nashville Sunday Night show, closing out one leg of their 2015 tour that...

Long Time Comin' Down

Josh Harty Band at High Noon Saloon on August 21, 2015

Josh Harty sang in a Midwestern bar room last night. This is what he does. Very well. Madison’s new folk and Americana music scene is bursting at the seams.  On any given night there’s a quality indie singer, a country artist, a diva on a dreadnought—you name it—playing in town. But no...

Greatness Never Fades

Jonatha Brooke at City Winery - Nashville on August 30, 2015

Gregg Allman Plays The Birchmere

Gregg Allman at The Birchmere on August 25, 2015

A Road that Never Seems to End

American Aquarium at 3rd & Lindsley on August 23, 2015

Long Time Comin' Down

Josh Harty Band at High Noon Saloon on August 21, 2015

Exotic Country

Aqua Velvet at 3rd & Lindsley on August 20, 2015

Long Live the King of Broken Hearts

Jim Lauderdale at Red Clay Music Foundry on August 15, 2015

An Hour-Plus of Watkins Family Joy

Watkins Family Hour at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on August 15, 2015

"Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry" Hits Home

The HillBenders at Music Box Supper Club on August 13, 2015

Lovely Music Marred by Horrible Audience

Rik Emmett at Club Passim on August 9, 2015

An Enchanting Evening

Amanda Shires at City Winery - Nashville on August 7, 2015