Monthly Archives: May 2016

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Review with Los Straitjackets @ City Winery / Nashville TN / December 5, 2015

If I think back to 1978 when I first saw Nick Lowe on stage wearing the green suit of Batman’s nemesis the Riddler, I never imagined that I would one day see him crooning Christmas songs. The fact that he was backed by four guys wearing Mexican lucha libre wrestling masks seems to make more […]

Cracker @ City Winery / Nashville TN / May 11, 2016

Let’s face it. It’s almost the 2020’s, and some of us rock and rollers are pushing our sixties. And unless you own a fat 401(k) or have inherited a trust fund, we all will probably be calling it in to work every morning well into our seventies. But getting older makes it tougher to get […]

Kinky Friedman @ The Bluebird Cafe / Nashville TN / November 10, 2015

You know that old conversation starter “If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone, who would you invite?” Well, good old Texas Jewboy, musician and author, Kinky Friedman, would be on my list. But, come to think about, sitting just a few feet away from him while I noshed at the Bluebird […]

R.I.P.: Guy Clark

It is being reported on Twitter by his old friend Rodney Crowell that the great singer-songwriter Guy Clark has died at age 74. One of the many Texan singer-songwriters who eventually made their way to Music City, Clark was mentor to many younger artists like Crowell and Steve Earle. After I moved to Nashville in […]

Old Crow Medicine Show perform Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde@ CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum / Nashville TN / May 13, 2016

The idea of a band covering another artist’s full LP in its entirety has been done before. Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Flaming Lips’ Dark Side of the Moon and Blitzen Trapper’s Harvest are a few that come to mind. However, could there be one as challenging to celebrate as Dylan’s 1966 […]

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Ascend Amphitheatre / Nashville TN / April 28, 2016

Let me start out by saying that my attitude towards the music of Neil Young runs hot and cold. There have been both records and shows of his that I have liked and those that I have not. Based on reports of his recent shows with backing band Promise of the Real, I went to […]