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Joan Osborne at City Winery (Nashville, Tenn. - October 18, 2014)

Way back in August of 1995 (August 24, to be exact), I saw Joan Osborne perform for the first time. By the end of the opening song (“Pensacola,” to be specific), I was smitten. In the 19 years since that night in Boulder's Fox Theatre, I've had the pleasure of seeing Osborne perform more than a dozen times. Each time, she has reminded me why she's one of my favorite all-time voices and performers. Last night, at Nashville's new City Winery, she did it again. And she did it without a band. My über-talented musical sidekick and I were both thrilled to be there. With no introduction and no...

Glasgow Americana Festival 2014: Sturgill Simpson, Jimmy LaFave, Anthony D'Amato and more

Watching Sturgill Simpson at the wonderful finale of  the 8th annual Glasgow Americana festival, I am reminded how fortunate I am to live in Glasgow, Scotland. I missed the AMAs this year, so I didn't get to see Simpson pick up his 'Emerging Artist of the Year' award at the historic Ryman auditorium. But, having just watched Sturgill play, with his full band, for almost two hours in the basement of a converted Glasgow church -- reminded that this is his fourth visit to Glasgow this year -- I can't imagine that there is anywhere better in the world to hear...

Brian Wilson at Carpenter Performing Arts Center (Long Beach, CA - Oct 11, 2014)

Brian Wilson has never been much of a performer. Even in the early years, before a nervous breakdown forced him to retire from touring with the Beach Boys in favor of staying in the studio, he never seemed that comfortable on stage. The Beach Boys were Brian’s band, but he gladly left the frontman duties to his more personable cousin, Mike Love. Among the three Wilson brothers, Brian was the genius, Carl was the soul, and Dennis was the cool. But, in the beginning, Brian was shy and awkward, Carl was still a kid and yet to come into his own. And Dennis was stuck behind the drums. They...

Steve Earle and David Broza Open the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival

"East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem" at Woodstock Steve Earle and David Broza collaborate on a music project for art and peace Last night in Woodstock, New York, the 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival kicked off with a screening of the documentary East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem (2014), and a brief post-screening concert by two of the musicians featured in the movie, Steve Earle and David Broza.  In a place whose name is more associated with music than any other, perhaps, in America, the movie was an excellent beginning to a film festival in Guitar Town.   I've been...