Country, Blues, and Folk

Joe Bonamassa @ The Royal Albert Hall 21 April 2017

Bonna-Who? Joe Bonamassa that’s who. I’ll say it again for you, Joe Bonamassa! There, enough said. For those in the know that’s all that’s needed to be said. “What was last night’s show like?” people ask me, “What do you think? I reply, it was Joe Bonamassa!” The Bonnamassive just know what I’m talking about and know what the name ...

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Joanne Shaw Taylor Goes Wild at The Brook – Southampton

Black Country born blues rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor released her 5th studio album ‘Wild’ in late September 2016 and has been relentlessly touring ever since. Wednesday 2nd November saw JST hit the Brook in Southampton and I was super excited to see what this young blues guitarist had in store. I have been a big fan of this young ...

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Reverend Horton Heat Delivers Rockabilly Sermon to Kansas City

Last Sunday night in Kansas City – while the Royals and Sporting Kansas City may have lost, those in attendance for Nashville Pussy and Reverend Horton Heat certainly won. In addition to the fun atmosphere of Knuckleheads Saloon, we were fortunate enough to have nearly perfect weather. What a night for some loud and fast rockabilly! This was our first time ...

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Samantha Fish and Sara Morgan Packs Big Dudes in Kansas City

Kansas City is known for a few things: barbecue, the World Series Champion Royals, and blues music. Kansas City enjoys a rich history steeped in the jazz and blues, which continues today. Samantha Fish, grew up listening to the blues musicians who came through Kansas City, playing at Knuckleheads Saloon, before she would soon be playing there herself, and at ...

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An Evening with Graham Nash – Kansas City

With a a few guitars, a keyboard, and guitarist/collaborator, Shane Fontayne, Graham Nash played a two-hour set to an almost-full house at the Uptown Theater, in Kansas City, on Saturday night. With a set that included songs from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Hollies, solo work, and even a Beatles cover, there was something for everyone that evening. Opening with Bus Stop, ...

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Old Crow Medicine Show – Kansas City

Few genres of music are more American than folk and, well, Americana. On Thursday night, two of the countries most popular bands, of this genre, performed to a sold out crowd at the Uptown Theater on Thursday night. The Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Folk Album, opened the show and played a 30 minute ...

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Frank Turner and the John Butler Trio – Crossroads

Normally, when multiple acts are on the bill, the opening act suffers a little from lack of audience.  This was not the case with Frank Turner, who has a sizable cult following, and can easily fill the Crossroads, and most other venues, alone; you’ll notice a shot of the audience below. That was taken during the middle of his set, ...

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James Bay, The Wild Feathers & ZZ Ward – Midland Theater – Kansas City

On Friday night, Kansas City was a hotbed of activity. Wicked was playing at The Music Hall, Charlotte was playing Miami at the Sprint Center and, of course, ZZ Ward was at the Midland Theater, with support from The Wild Feathers and James Bay. Though each of the artists, all in the blues tradition, are up and comers, they certainly ...

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Marshall Tucker Band – Crossroads KC

For a few weeks every summer, the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City comes alive with live music, in a concert venue in the backyard of one of the city’s best “diners drive-ins and dives” – Grinders. Owned and operated by a metal artist, the restaurant serves up some of the best pizzas, burgers and sandwiches in the city. Almost ...

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