Category Concert Reviews

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires @ CMA Theater / Nashville, TN / December 5, 2017

So, while New York City has its “Springsteen on Broadway,” Music City has its “Isbell on Demonbreun.” For three consecutive Tuesday nights in December, Jason Isbell will grace the stage at the elaborate and intimate CMA Theater inside Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Jason will present three differently-formatted shows commencing at the early 7pm […]

Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires: Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting / Public Square, Nashville, TN / December 1, 2017

Had I not seen the tweet from Mayor Megan Barry inviting us all to the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, I may have missed this chance to see Nashville’s newest favorite celebrity musical couple, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. After sitting behind her honor at one of Jason’s recent Ryman shows, it was certainly no […]

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen with John Jorgenson @ City Winery / Nashville, TN / October 1, 2017

Seeing this show billed as Hillman and Pedersen with Jorgenson makes you wonder why the three-man core of country hitmakers, The Desert Rose Band, didn’t just go ahead and bill themselves as such. Well, the facts are that Hillman is out touring in support of his great new Bidin’ My Time record with pal Herb […]

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / October 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 & 15, 2017

It was “Jason Week” at the Ryman, and I would not have missed every moment of it for the world. In fact, the common thread amongst the contingent of faithful fans like me who showed up every night for all six shows was just that it just wouldn’t feel right any other way. After successfully […]

Van Morrison: Ascend Amphitheatre / Nashville TN / September 14, 2017

The only other time I saw Van Morrison in concert was in 1974 at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, a mere 43 years before this Music City show. Back then, I sat in the front row for a set by Van and a band he called the Caledonia Express. When they returned to the […]

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival @ Harlinsdale Farm / Franklin TN / September 24, 2017 (Day Two)

Another hot day in the sun with a crowd that surprisingly did not seem that much smaller than yesterday’s Timberlake experience. Almost as hot as the heat were the fiery tempers on Twitter of people complaining about the traffic and parking. But for me, it was yet another great day of live music on the […]

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival @ Harlinsdale Farm / Franklin TN / September 23, 2017 (Day One)

Wow! Like it was last year, the third annual Pilgrimage Festival was a grueling experience. Despite the start of the fall season, it was a torridly hot day in the high 80s with a blaring sun that saw little if any cloud cover. It was a day to take it slow, find shade and stay […]