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11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Violet Delancey

Nashville’s Violet Delancey makes no secret of her admiration of Emmylou Harris and the inspiration she’s received from her work. Violet’s 2016 debut “When the Clock Strikes Midnight” was true to the spirit of Emmylou’s classic early records, full of heartfelt country ballads and great country rockers like the title cut. Well, the sounds on […]

Josh Rouse @ Grimey’s New and Preloved Music / Nashville TN / April 12, 2018

We all are fans of at least one musical artist that we like so much that we wouldn’t miss them live for anything! Birthdays, weddings, funerals or whatever—no way you’re not going. Josh Rouse is one of those artists for me. Therefore, I was there front and center for his recent Grimey’s Thursday 6pm in-store. […]

What to Do on a Musical Vacation in Nashville

Whether you are coming unbridled to simply explore the wonders of Music City or making a road trip to see your favorite band at the Ryman, there are tons of music-related activities you can cram into even just a weekend trip to Nashville. And don’t forget, it’s been a dang long time since Nashville music […]

Part of the Plan: A New American Musical Featuring the Songbook of Dan Fogelberg / TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater / Nashville, TN / September 8-24, 2017

It is with extreme trepidation that I enter the world of reviewing a theatrical musical. The guys that do this for a living and carry the journalistic power to kill a play on opening night have always baffled me. They seem to operate from an elitist standard that I don’t always understand. But having seen […]

Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely @ City Winery / Nashville TN / August 12, 2017

In 1980, I left my home in New Jersey for a new life in Texas. Following my heart and leaving the exciting New York City music scene behind, I was surprised to learn that I had moved near another city that was a hotbed for some of the best music to come out of the […]

An Elvis Costello Tour of London: Part Two “Studios & Stiff”

Two years ago, in 2015, I started what I hoped would become a regular Friday ritual during my annual business trip to London. Sadly, last year didn’t happen, but I was more than eager to get back on track again this year. The plan this time was to seek out the recording studios where Elvis […]

Alejandro Escovedo & The Minus 5 @ City Winery / Nashville, TN / January 14, 2017

These days, I keep asking myself if the rock music I know and love is soon gonna die. Ironically, I believe its demise may be the result of there both being not enough and too much of the good old stuff. I observe the “not enough” every time I review the local concert calendar or […]