Category Concert Reviews

Socially Distanced Concerts Come to Music City

While we all continue to cope with the pandemic and learn to apply some common sense to our behavior, we have evolved to a state where some things we once avoided are now conducted within new parameters. By now, many of us have returned to our workplaces and are eating out at restaurants while keeping […]

Guster @ The Belcourt Theatre / Nashville TN / March 10, 2020

For those of us fortunate enough to be there, sadly, Guster’s magnificent musical evening at the Belcourt will forever be linked to two tragic events. Only a week from the tornado that sliced through Music City, the news of the coronavirus had us all spending twenty seconds washing our hands in the rest room. As […]

Ruston Kelly @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / March 6, 2020

An aspiring hip Hollywood screenwriter could not have come up with a better script. Young teen from a good home recovering from years of substance issues, takes a sober stand in a tiny Nashville apartment. On a blank sheet of paper, this self-proclaimed “teenage dirtbag” writes down his goals which include at the very top, […]

Tyler Childers @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / February 6, 2020

Young Kentuckian Tyler Childers became the newest Americana wunderkind to have a sold-out multi-night run at the Ryman. The magic number for Childers was four with a week space between each pair of shows. Yours truly felt quite lucky to have grabbed a great single seat for his headlining Ryman debut. Keeping with the trend, […]

Steve Earle & the Dukes @ Live on the Green / Nashville TN / September 1, 2019

Nashville radio station Lightning 100’s free concert series. Live on the Green, has become a victim of its own success and sadly, as the late Yogi Berra once said, “Nobody goes there any more, it’s too crowded.” At least, me and my fussy music friends have written LOTG off and left it to the casual […]

Americanafest / Nashville TN / September 10-15, 2019

The 20th annual Americanafest made its mark on Music City, and yours truly took in an incredible three days of live music. My investment of two afternoons away from work and one late evening produced some amazing returns and included the riches of some once-in-a-lifetime special sets. It blew my mind following the on-line coverage […]

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival @ Harlinsdale Farm / Franklin TN / September 22, 2019 (Day Two)

Thankfully for day two, Pilgrimage organizers paid off the weatherman for some cloud cover and an occasional breeze that provided some random respite from the sizzling sun. This sporadic relief however won’t stop my continued clamor for a transition to mid-October in 2020. But weather could not distract from another fine day of music and […]

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival @ Harlinsdale Farm / Franklin TN / September 21, 2019 (Day One)

After a rain-shortened 2018 event that generated an avalanche of cranky unjustified complaints about its cancellation, Franklin TN’s Pilgrimage Festival was back for its 5th year. Judging by the size and joy of the crowd, it’s safe to say that Pilgrimage has recovered and looks to be with us for years to come. Once again, […]

Garry Tallent & the Delevantes @ The 5 Spot / Nashville TN / August 27, 2019

While he likely awaits a phone call from his “boss” about what might keep him busy in 2020, Garry Tallent made a one-off appearance at Nashville’s 5 Spot in the 6pm slot on a Tuesday night. There wasn’t much advance fanfare, and unless you were checking the venue calendar, you likely missed this delightful musical […]

Josh Ritter @ Grimey’s New & Preloved Music / Nashville TN / April 26, 2019

Even if you are a big Josh Ritter fan like myself, I bet you checked Jason Isbell’s tour dates with his 400 Unit to see if they had an off night for Ritter’s Friday 6pm appearance at Grimey’s. Given that Jason produced it and the Unit were the band for Josh’s new LP Fever Breaks, […]