Monthly Archives: September 2014

Why I Love the City Winery

New Nashville Music Venue Has Americana Soft Opening Last week’s Americana Festival also provided an opportunity for Nashville’s newest and most-anticipated music room to show itself off. The just-about-ready City Winery opened its doors to three sold-out nights of showcases plus a standing-room-only Sunday morning Gospel brunch. Yours truly had the pleasure of making two […]

Holly George-Warren @ Howlin’ Books / Nashville, TN / September 18, 2014

(Author of A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man with special guests) I first heard about Big Star from reading Circus magazine in 1972 around the time of the release of their first LP. I even recall getting into a “Who’s on […]

ON THE ROAD: Josh Ritter @ City Winery / New York, NY / September 7, 2014

In the music world, there are Josh Roush, Joshua Radin and Josh Ritter. If this gets confusing, just remember that Josh Ritter is the songwriting machine with the perpetual smile. Undoubtedly the humblest and nicest person in show business I have ever met, Ritter is also almost as big in Ireland as Springsteen is in […]

The Milk Carton Kids @ The Belcourt Theatre / Nashville TN / April 14, 2014

Sometimes you are exposed to a new band that you expect to like based on what you have heard about them in the press or through friends. However, it often happens that after listening to their record and/or seeing them live, they just don’t meet your expectations. Acoustic-folk duo, The Milk Carton Kids created a […]

Arcade Fire @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / May 1, 2014

After Arcade Fire sold out the Ryman in a flash in 2010, I had no doubt that their next visit to Music City would find them at the Arena. Such was the case on this recent spring night. The pre-show advertising asked fans to attend in formal attire—some did, but as expected, most did not. […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: The Rolling Stones @ Cotton Bowl / Dallas, TX / November 1, 1981 @ 12:00 NOON

To this day, I regret skipping over The Rolling Stones’ U.S. tours that took place every three years from 1969 through 1978. Even if I tried, tickets for their New York area shows back them were tough to get. Living in Texas in 1981, it was easy though for me to be among the 100,000 […]

R.I.P.: Joan Rivers

We sure will miss having Joan around. Here she is in 1984 filling-in for Johnny Carson on NBC’s The Tonight Show. She does a great interview with Elvis Costello in between some fine musical performances.