Monthly Archives: April 2014

CLASSIC CONCERT: T-Bone Burnett @ Cactus Cafe / Austin, TX / August 12, 1992

I made many trips to see shows in Austin, the so-called “live music capital of the world” when I lived in San Antonio.  Each week, I eagerly picked up a copy of the free weekly Austin Chronicle at San Antonio’s Hogwild Records to pour over the concert listings. One venue that I kept a close […]

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / April 17, 2014

Since seeing Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play live for the first time in 1975 at New York City’s Bottom Line night club, he and the band have taken up significant space in my life. In addition to attending shows (tonight was #57), the space devoted in my study to Springsteen studio and […]

R.I.P.: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

Today’s news reports the passing of controversial New Jersey middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter of prostate cancer at age 76. Twice-convicted and eventually freed after serving 20 years in prison, there remains mystery and confusion about what really happened one fateful night in New Jersey in 1966. Regardless of what you believe about the horrible […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Graham Nash @ Seton Hall University (Walsh Gym) / South Orange, NJ / September 30, 1973

Two years after their landmark live 4 Way Street record the individual members of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young collective were hot properties. This college show was the closing night of a rare solo tour by Graham Nash.His latest work at the time was the brilliant but overlooked 1972 release with Crosby, Graham Nash […]

Kings of Leon @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / February 7, 2014

Back in the days when they played up close and personal at small clubs like the Exit/In, home town boys Kings of Leon developed a strong dedicated local fan base. Serious music fans hung with them even after they graduated to larger rooms like the Ryman. The Kings moved further up the venue ladder to […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: O Brother, Where Art Thou? @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN / May 24, 2000

Attending the filming of a live concert for television or DVD can be a special treat. Sometimes, however, all of the extra preparation and retakes can make for an annoying experience. As far as I can remember, this musical celebration at the Ryman for the Coen Brothers film went off without a hitch. In 2000, […]

Laura Cantrell @ Grimeys New & Preloved Music / Nashville TN / February 7, 2014

I was first introduced to the music of Laura Cantrell by way of Elvis Costello. Costello was so taken by the pure country charm of her 2000 debut record, Not the Tremblin’ Kind, that he chose her to be the support act for his 2002 U.S. tour. After seeing several shows on that tour, I, […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Mott the Hoople and The New York Dolls @ Felt Forum / New York, NY / August 3, 1973

In 1973, you had only one option if you wanted to listen to pre-recorded music in your car—an 8-Track tape player. The fidelity was lacking to say the least, never mind the problems caused by the need for the music to be divided into four separate stereo bands of equal length. Timing issues sometimes split […]

Television @ Exit/In / Nashville, TN / March 31, 2014

This past November, I travelled to Athens, GA to see Television, a band I once thought I would never get to see live. Well, lightning struck twice. I got to see them play again here in Music City after their appearance at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. Just three days prior to the Nashville […]

R.I.P.: Jesse Winchester

It is being reported on Facebook by his friend Janis Ian that the great singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester has died. Here is a photo of him that I shot at Nashville’s Belcourt Theater on April 3, 2003.   At the brand new Tennessee Waltz You were literally waltzing on air At the brand new, oh, Tennessee […]