When Keb’ Mo’ comes to our area this weekend, he does so 10 days before the
release of his first solo recording in three years. Titled BLUESAmericana, the album’s name captures the multi-genre lines that Mo’ has crossed throughout his career.
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run with the Chocolate Drops, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his own.
For eight years, Dom Flemons was a part
of the retro-yet-groundbreaking Carolina Chocolate Drops. After a great run that included a Grammy and wide-spread critical acclaim, Flemons decided to break away last year and strike out on his
Last October, Bobby Bare was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His long career featured some
twists and turns that found him leaving his southern Ohio home to try
and find success in California and elsewhere before eventually landing
in Nashville. Along the way, Cincinnati’s Fraternity Records played an
unexpected part in his success.
While Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest
extravaganza continues to jump the shark due to corporate excess and
misdirection, the capitol city continues to be an exceptional music
town. The Band of Heathens came out of Austin’s rich music scene with a
lot of buzz in the mid-’00s.
The legendary five-time Grammy winners
Blind Boys of Alabama have steadily brought inspired grooves to the
stage since the group’s beginnings in the 1930s. Greater Cincinnati has
witnessed some special shows by the group, especially their gig at the2006 Tall Stacks Festival, when lead singer Jimmy Carter was led
into the crowd with a mic where he proceeded to lift up
the audience with goodness and light and soul.
A unique group of accomplished
musicians will soon combine forces to bring a night of swampy tunes and
rootsy grooves to Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. Luther Dickinson, Anders
Osborne, Marc Broussard and JJ Grey each have strong legacies and
careers of their own, but as The Southern Soul Assembly, they come
together to play songs, tell stories and collaborate.
Chris Knight is a singer/songwriter who
goes against the grain when it comes to what passes for talent in
Nashville these days. A songsmith on par with the Darrell Scotts and
Jeff Blacks of the world, Knight has little use for mainstream Country
music dreck or stereotypical Americana fare.
The Detroit Electronic duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.,
which brings its counter-intuitive name and fun Quirk Groove jams to the
20th Century Theater this week,
insists on keeping its music light and breezy, infectious and upbeat.
EDM this is not, as the band takes more cues from 1960s Beatles-esque
Pop and New Wave than Skrillex.
Blackberry Smoke isn’t a
stereotypical Southern Rock band, in that they don’t tend to stretch out
solos for half an hour. But along with a fresh batch of good original
songs, they do bring that basic Southern Rock/Outlaw Country groove that
fills the need for down-to-earth, blue collar Rock & Roll.