Category Concert Reviews

Sparks (March 22, 2022) and Bob Dylan (March 23, 2022) / Back-to-Back @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN

Thankfully the concert business is back to full steam and Music City is no exception. For many of us older music fans, it was a busy four days starting with Graham Nash (CMA Theatre) on Sunday, Beck (Basement East) on Monday, and then Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ryman with the campy and quirky Sparks […]

The Surfaris with Eddie Angel’s Guitar Party @ The 5 Spot / Nashville TN / Match 9, 2022

It was a big “surf’s up” on a Wednesday night at Nashville’s 5 Spot. Courtesy of newly based in Tennessee, The Surfaris, all that was missing was the sand, the boards and Frankie and Annette. The house was packed for this $10 bargain 6pm show that also featured local guitarist Eddie Angel of Los Staitjackets […]

Caitlin Rose & Loney Hutchins @ The 5 Spot / Nashville TN / November 27, 2021

By now, we’ve all gotten quite comfortable with records being re-released on decade or multi-decade anniversaries. They often get a sonic upgrade of some sort and come with extras in terms of bonus tracks, unseen photos, and historical liner notes. While these projects have likely provided only a little boon to the coffers of those […]

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival @ Harlinsdale Farm / Franklin TN / September 25-26, 2021

Following a COVID-cancelled 2020, Franklin TN’s Pilgrimage Festival was back this year for its sixth time. While the vax requirement added a second wrist band to our arms, attendees did however only have to deal with a scorching sun on two cloudless days, instead of the oppressive heat of past festivals. The only other difference […]

Americanafest / Nashville TN / Kirby Brown’s “Wrixlan, Americanafest” / City Winery Lounge / September 23, 2021

After taking a pass last year like every other music festival, Americanafest returned to Music City in 2021 bringing joy to a lot of music fans. Unfortunately, some of the smiling faces were hidden under masks as the signs of COVID still remained. But thankfully, they only slightly dampened this spectacular event. It was a […]

Squeeze @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / August 1, 2021

For 90 minutes on this Sunday night in Nashville, my experience was so surreal that I thought I was either dead or having one last wish fulfilled before the Grim Reaper came to take me away. That hyperbole pretty much sums up just how great it was to be back at a big concert. And […]

Katie Pruitt @ The Basement (Outside) / Nashville TN / October 25, 2020

Yes! The OG Basement is the latest venue to host safe socially distanced concerts in Music City. After finally securing the proper license, Mike Grimes has resurrected the old parking lot stage once used by his record store for special events at its former location above the famous music room. COVID shuttered the indoor Basement […]

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, […]