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11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Matthew Perryman Jones

Photo by Robby Klein When they produce the film of my life from the book I have yet to write, there will of course be a love scene of when I met first my wife. I would want the accompanying love ballad playing during that romantic moment to be by no one other than Matthew […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Al Stewart @ The Bluebird Cafe / Nashville TN / June 16, 2003

The fact that we waited outside well past the door opening time should have clued us in that the extended sound check meant we were about to see and hear something special. Maybe the feint sound of the saxophone we heard should have tipped us off. But, none of us were keen enough to know […]

Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul @ CMA Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum / Nashville TN / May 15, 2018

The first time I ever laid eyes upon Steve Van Zandt was as a new member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in September 1975 at New York City’s Bottom Line. Sporting the Asbury Park-styled “Miami Steve” nickname at the time, to me, he was as imposing a foil on stage to Bruce as was […]

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 […]