Category Concert Reviews

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, […]

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 […]